In 2006 a number of Cape Town animal welfare groups met informally to discuss how best to reach animals via mobile clinics while not duplicating work.
These informal meetings were very useful in making sure areas were well serviced, and the little resource available to the communities was spread evenly.
These meetings were very positive and helpful and in 2012, the then Premier, Helen Zille requested a Summit be held at the City of Cape Town to address the situation in Cape Town regarding the welfare of animals.
Thereafter, the CAW Forum was constituted and developed into a more formal body of members. Organisations meet quarterly or when required, and a range of animal welfare related issues are discussed.