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Contact Details

Telephone: 028 572 1717 

Mobile: 072 277 1056

Address: Klipfontein Farm, Barrydale, Klein Karoo/ Overberg

Opening Hours

Adoption Fee

KAPS pets are not kennelled but are fostered in loving homes - they are house-trained, socialised, and their temperament assessed. Most get on well with other dogs/cats, but please always enquire.

Adoptions are subject to satisfactory home check and adoption contract, plus a modest contribution towards costs of microchipping, vaccinating, deworming, sterilising, etc. All dogs/cats are sterilised.

 
Prospective adopters don't need to travel to Barrydale - we bring our pets to you so they can be introduced to you at your home. If the adoption is unsuccessful we take them back unquestioningly.

For first-hand information about any pets please call KAPS chairperson Colette Teale on 028 572 1717 or 072 277 1056 (7 days a week). We respectfully request you not to SMS.

Directions to us

Address: Klipfontein Farm, Barrydale, Klein Karoo/ Overberg 

Prospective adopters don't need to travel to Barrydale - we bring our pets to you so they can be introduced to you at your home. If the adoption is unsuccessful we take them back unquestioningly.

More About us

KAPS takes free help to animals in miserable conditions in the poorest communities of South Africa's Little Karoo (Western Cape).

KAPS takes free help to animals in miserable conditions in the poorest communities of South Africa's Little Karoo (Western Cape). Most people in these poor rural areas are unemployed and have no money to feed themselves, yet they keep a dog and give it potato-peel to eat.

We deal with widespread neglect and starvation, and sadly a lot of cruelty and abuse. We look after animals of all kinds - not just dogs and cats but also the overworked little donkeys - rescuing, rehoming, feeding, dealing with emergencies, and giving basic healthcare.

Most important, to try to control the huge numbers of pets, we carry out free mass sterilising.

Because KAPS is 100% mobile, we cover huge distances to reach many remote areas on our daily rounds. We are run and managed entirely by volunteers, we have no earnings, and spend no money on offices or admin staff. Donations are what we exist on..

Although KAPS has made a big difference over an incredibly large area, there is still a desperate need for help to improve the awful existence of many suffering animals.

KAPS was founded by Colette Teale, a long-time animal welfare worker, when she moved to the Little Karoo in the 1990s.

Poverty is endemic in this vast rural area of South Africa's Western Cape, where the majority of people are jobless. With no animal welfare organisation active in the area, Colette was shocked to see the enormous numbers of animals in need of care.

At the start she was a lone crusader, touring the poor communities giving help and advice. But through her energy and drive a network of volunteers began to be built up in key towns dotted around the area. See the map below.

Eventually KAPS came into being in January 2001, initially concentrating on the most basic of services. Our system is intensive and has remained the same over the years:
* Free weekly dipping in each locality against mange and other parasites;
* Door to door, house to house, street to street inspections for neglect, starvation and cruelty - which, sadly, is rife;
* Free sterilising to prevent the blight of incessant breeding;
* And rescuing and rehoming sick and unwanted animals when there is a chance of saving them.

Soon it was not just dogs and cats that came under the wing of KAPS, but other livestock including the horses and donkeys that suffer cruelly from overwork and lack of care. See 'Success Stories'.

KAPS Mobile Clinic out and aboutEducation is also a vitally important part of our work, both for schoolchildren and for adults.

In 2002 Colette received magisterial authorisation as an officer under the Animals Protection Act, and KAPS was registered as a Non-Profit Organisation. With funds flowing in, KAPS was the first organisation in our part of the Western Cape to start mass sterilisations to control the frightening and ever-growing numbers of companion animals. See 'Sterilising'.

Because KAPS works exclusively in the deprived areas and townships, these services are carried out free of charge to people who have no money and mostly live off welfare grants. KAPS pays veterinarians to travel here, stay overnight, and perform dozens of sterilisations per day at special rates.

KAPS depends on grants from local and international donors, and has received funding for major expenditure from the SA State Lottery, the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA), the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the D G Murray Trust, and especially the Dangwen Trust who have been KAPS supporters from the start.

Petfood helps animals in poor communitiesGrants from charitable organisations and individuals have paid for vehicles, a horse-box and trailer, enclosures for animals, outhouses, donkey-sanctuary facilities, a solar-powered pump, water tanks and other essential infrastructure.

* KAPS relies entirely on donations and grants in order to survive.
* It owns no premises, offices, pounds or kennels, and pays for no admin services.
* KAPS is managed and run by unpaid volunteers. Professionals such as inspectors, veterinarians, etc, are engaged on an ad hoc, part-time and/or contract basis, depending on funds.
* Veterinary procedures are performed by commercial veterinary practices, some of whom are generous enough to give us discounted rates.
* When animals are rescued, they are fostered as family pets in members' homes, ensuring they are nursed, rehabilitated, house-trained and socialised ready for adoption to carefully scrutinised and loving new homes.

Colette Teale was nominated for South African Woman of the Year in 2004.

Kaps Catchment Area 
The Little Karoo is situated in South Africa's Western Cape Province, in the area locally known as the Southern Cape. It lies mainly west of the ostrich centre of Oudtshoorn, south of the rugged Swartberg mountains. Mossel Bay on the warm Indian Ocean is a couple of hours drive away, while along the coast to the west is the Cape of Good Hope. To the east is the Garden Route and popular coastal resorts such as Plettenberg Bay.

More fertile than the Great Karoo, its arid big brother to the north, the Little Karoo depends on farming (ostriches, olives, soft fruit, grapes, etc). But vast tracts consist of rocky scrub-lands and the few towns are 50 to 100 km apart. Outside the towns, the poor communities live in ramshackle dwellings and low-cost welfare housing, or on farms where they work as labourers. There is no public transport, and the rural poor cannot afford veterinary fees.

Veterinary practices maintain presences in the towns of Oudtshoorn, Riversdale, Swellendam, Heidelberg and Still Bay, where SPCAs and other animal welfare organisations operate.

Catchment areaKAPS does not work in such towns - it concentrates on the impoverished outlying areas where there are no vets. Our core catchment area covers some 5,000 sq km within the three municipalities of Swellendam, Kannaland and Hessequa.

KAPS is run by a Management Committee and a network of volunteers. Volunteers are based in Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Van Wyksdorp, Barrydale and Albertinia. But our work is seldom done in towns. KAPS is out on the road on a daily basis taking services into the rural communities, farms and deprived townships such as Amalienstein, Zoar, Nissenville, Slangrivier and Smitsville, of which many can't be found on a mapSouth Africa.

Since our main characteristic as a mobile service is that we have no borders, KAPS gets called upon to assist in distant areas as far away as the Eastern Cape. We have helped animal-lovers to set up welfare for animals in the poor areas around the small town of Aberdeen, where we subsidise the local volunteers, and at regular intervals we arrive to deliver mass sterilising clinics, all at our expense.

Pigs raised in sad conditionsIn 2008 KAPS undertook its most ambitious project - taking animal welfare services to the entire municipality of Baviaans in the Eastern Cape, consisting of Willowmore, Steytlerville, Baviaanskloof and surrounding areas. The condition of the animals was indescribably horrific, but the Baviaans Municipality soon recognised the enormous difference KAPS had made in just a few visits, and offered us a realistic budget to maintain a regular presence there.

KAPS has now transformed the conditions under which animals live in this area; has sterilised many hundreds of bitches in intensive mass clinics; and has galvanised willing volunteers in the local community who just needed an organisation that knew how to tackle what seemed on the face of it an insurmountable problem.Typical Karoo donkey cart

Huge distances are involved in the rural areas we cover, and KAPS vehicles travel thousands of km per month, so fuel and maintenance are a major expense.
Pigs foraging amid burning refuseIt is difficult to say how many people receive our services, but they certainly run into many tens of thousands. It would be fair to estimate an average of at least one pet per household in the poor communities. Owners who spend anything on their care or feeding are rare exceptions.

Also, because farming is the local way of life, we get involved in care of livestock as well as companion animals. Small and emerging farmers often have insufficient knowledge of animal husbandry, and there is little care given to traction animals such as horses, or the donkeys that pull the famous Little Karoo donkey-carts.