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AWS Shelter Port Elizabeth

The good news is that animal shelters are considered to be an essential service - AWS PE will therefore, along with all the other shelters in the metro, remain open during the 21-day lockdown.

The Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS PE) is an open shelter which offers a safe place for unwanted, lost or abandoned animals. AWS PE was founded in 1971 as a result of 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.

Our catteries and kennels house stray and surrendered pets who are available for adoption. We accept all animals brought to us and run a 24-hour service to deal with the many cases of cruelty and neglect which are reported to us. Our animal crematorium is a much-needed facility in the city and directly benefits the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in terms of reducing landfill costs.

Our staff compliment of 35 staff members, includes two full-time inspectors as well as a qualified veterinarian and we are privileged to enjoy the help of many volunteers.

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 AWS also has trolleys at the Newton Park and Humerail Spar for donations - please consider buying a bag of dog or cat food next time you go shopping.

Our Mission Statement

1. We are committed to the welfare of animals.

2. We fight animal injustice, ignorance and cruelty by example, education, caregiving and relationship-building.

3. We operate in a business-like manner, with integrity, courtesy and fairness.

4. We appreciate and respect our staff, society members and all dedicated supporters.

We believe that every living creature has a fundamental value and is a sentient being. We consider that the welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and that good animal welfare implies both fitness and a sense of well-being.

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