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.
World Animal Day 2021
4 October 2021
The PAWS-A-WHILE ADOPTION FAIR, supporting the members of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF), held a wonderful fundraising market and dog show in De Waal Park, Cape Town on Sunday 3 October to honour World Animal Day.
Over 20 animal welfare organisations, who are all members of CAWF, got together under the cloudy shadow of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain to promote the adoption of animals and to raise funds for their work.
Hundreds of dogs spent the day socialising and meeting potential new parents, or playing with their families, while others strutted their stuff in the fun and funky dog show.
WORKING WITH THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN TO UPLIFT ANIMAL’S LIVES.
CAWF members send their sincerest thanks to the City of Cape Town, in particular CAWF’s Patron Alderman JP Smith and Mayor Dan Plato for their support of the animal welfare sector.
This includes the donation of R750 000 in winter 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in which thousands of tons of pet food was distributed to indigent families across the Cape Metropole, and more recently a donation from the Mayor’s fund to CAWF members to assist with the distribution of welfare services.
An anti-dog fighting task team has been set up with the City’s Safety and Security Directorate, which currently works with animal welfare Inspectorates to investigate tip offs received. Dog fighting is rife in the Western Cape (as it is in many large cities.) and it is critical that a strong message is sent to those involved with dog fighting that this barbaric practice is illegal, and will not be tolerated.
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 limited resource available to the communities were 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.