One voice for animals in the Cape

The Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF) is an informal body of registered nongovernmental NGO’s working to regulate animal welfare in the Western Cape, and to sustain an effective partnership with the City of Cape Town and Provincial Government.


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CAWF would like to thank Lionel’s Choice for their generous sponsorship of the Paws A While Dog Show held in aid of World Animal Day 2023 and their support of CAWF’s work. 

About us

CAWF originally started in 2006, when there came about a need for animal welfare organisations to work smarter, not harder!

A few charities met informally to discuss the provision of clinics, campaigns and general needs within the animal welfare sector, particularly relating to the provision of mobile clinics within township and informal areas. This enabled a collaborative approach by organisations who were able to support each other in a variety of ways, as well as developing healthy communications and attitudes to work that was required.
In 2012, the City of Cape Town met with organisations and requested that CAWF became a constituted body, regulated and formalised in order to “speak with one voice” to the City. In response to this request, the CAPE ANIMAL WELFARE FORUM (CAWF) was born.
Since then the City of Cape Town has supported the animal welfare sector extensively, supporting CAWF driven initiatives, assisting with much needed sterilisation campaigns and wellness projects.
CAWF members extend their sincerest thanks to the City of Cape Town for the continued support shown over the years.

CAWF Patron Alderman JP Smith with his dogs at the World Animal Day 2022 in De Waal Park, with Patricia Van Der Ross, Mayco for Community Services and Health.

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latest news

Compassion Fatigue Workshop – October 2023

CAWF extends heartfelt thanks to Life Coach Kerrin Bain for her extensive workshop on compassion fatigue. Members of CAWF who work in the trenches, rescuing animals and dealing with extreme conditions including hostility from pet guardians have it hard, so a day...

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World Animal Day 2023

The 2023 World Animal Day was held on Sea Point Promenade on 1 October and was a howling success! Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis, together with a host of wonderful celebrities and animal welfare ambassadors judged dozens of special furry friends, who paraded and strutted...

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Dog Training Workshop

CAWF thanks DogtownSA, RRSA and the IMDT for a fantastic 2 day workshop on a range of dog handling and behavioural matters.  14 NGO’s from CAWF sent staff and handlers to attend the workshop, benefitting hundreds of dogs into the future!  ...

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