Welcome to the website of the Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth.
The Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS(PE)) is an open shelter and the only animal shelter in Port Elizabeth which offers a safe place for all kinds of unwanted, lost or abandoned animals. At our premises in Victoria Drive, Walmer, we have the following facilities: we run catteries and kennels for stray and surrendered pets and we also have availability for livestock such as donkeys, horses, cattle, goats, and sheep; and other animals and birds. We accept all animals brought to us, and also run a 24-hour service to deal with the many cases of cruelty and neglect which are reported to us. We also provide a much needed facility in terms of an animal crematorium which is a direct benefit to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in terms of reducing landfill costs. Currently our entire staff complement is 30, which includes full-time inspectors and a veterinarian and we are privileged to enjoy the help of volunteers too.
AWS(PE) was founded in 1971 and as a registered NPO, AWS(PE) accepts the “Codes of Good Practice for South African Non-profit Organisations” as recommended by the Department of Social Development. We run monthly Executive Committee meetings and we are in possession of a current Tax Clearance Certificate, audited financials, Annual General Meeting Minutes and our NPO status is in good standing. The need for such a society arose from the difficulty that the municipality in Port Elizabeth was experiencing in coping adequately with the number of stray animals and cruelty cases in the city.