Animal Rescue

Bandanas raise R940

st Francis Animal Rescue works hard at reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born in Sea Vista with their ‘Open Your Eyes – Sterilize’ campaign, a costly and ongoing effort. 2016 has been a busy year with well over 100 cats and dogs having been sterilized with the assistance of Dr Nerine Botha or St Francis Bay’s Aloe Veterinary Clinic and Dr Annelise Barker of Humansdorp Vets. In addition to the money needed to make this sterilization effort possible, St Francis Animal Rescue also runs a weekly clinic in Sea Vista where dogs are treated for worms, ticks and fleas. A resent outbreak of the Parvo virus was contained thanks to the help of Dr Nerine  and veterinary nurse Juanita Raath who vaccinated well over a hundred dogs, mainly puppies over a six week period.

Paulene' bandannas for St Francis Animal RescueObviously sterilization and inoculations come at substantial cost and thus events such as the Dog Show so kindly hosted by Nevil Hullet’s Quaysyde Restaurant on the St Francis Bay Canals over the past weekend go a long way the assisting SFAR in their efforts. Before the Dog Show Paulene Hardy had made up dog bandannas and doggie treats which she sold  at the show raising a grand amount of R940 which she donated to Animal Rescue. Thanks Your Paulene. If you would like a bandanna or a packet of doggie treats for you furry friend you can call Paulene on 042 2940301. And if you have any material off-cuts Paulene would love to have them to make up more bandannas.

As the year draws to a close St Francis Animal Rescue would also like to extend their appreciation to Dune Ridge for hosting several fund raising talks, St Francis Links for their support of the Wellness Day as well as all the exhibitors who made this such a successful event in September and to Fasie and Fiona Malherbe of Cape St Francis Resort for their hosting of the ’60’s and ’70;s Rock & Roll Evening held in November at the Resort as a kick start to fund raising for an animal shelter in Sea Vista. Last but not least to all the vets who participated in the very successful Spayathon in July.

Susan Rae Fox and her committee of Verna Couper, Bernice Katakuzinos and Heidi Penfold should be congratulated for their effort in raising funds as well as Christelle van Wyk and Cathy Frabel who dedicate their time to the Sea Vista weekly clinic. And most of all the St Francis community who give so generously and support SFAR events.

Donations can be made to St Francis Animal Rescue to

STD Bank
Br no: 050015
Business Savings Account
Acc no: 186532814

Spring Wellness Expo

Spring Wellness Expo for St Francis Animal Rescue

Wellness Expo

It’s all happening this Saturday when St Francis Animal Rescue hosts a Spring Wellness Expo at The Links Clubhouse from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

The focus of this Expo is on enhancing the health of your mind, body and soul through a variety of Healthy Body, mind & souldnew-age therapies, treatments, exercises and nutritious eating plans – and there will be thirty experts in every field exhibiting on the day.

  • Massage in St Francis Bay
  • Five beauty salons in St Francis will be promoting their individual skin care ranges and face and body care treatments to keep you looking slim and trim with a beautifully healthy, glowing complexion.
  • You can experience different types of massage including; Deep Tissue Massage, Shiatzu Massage and Reflexology.
  • Discover all you need to know about healthy exercise for your body type from our gym and personal trainers.
  • Let Body Stress Release show you how to eradicate stress and replace this with positive energy.
  • Purchase the best vitamins and supplements and health foods available today – and listen to what qualified nutritionists have to say about developing a daily diet plan to make your body feel younger, Healthy foodhealthier and more energetic.
  • Find out how drinking clean, filtered water detoxes and hydrates your body to restore youthfulness and well-being.
  • Relax through yoga, meditation and deep-breathing – and find out how ‘Mindfulness’ works to alter your thoughts and behaviour to create a sustainable change in your life.
  • Demonstrations on the day include yoga, meditation, deep-breathing, Pilates, karate, spinning, body building and cardio exercise.
  • You may know of Pollen – the fabulous florists in PE – who are bringing a display of flowers, pot plants and gifts to commemorate the beginning of Spring at our Exp.
  • Chef Brad, from St Francis Links, will be talking about incorporating the right breads into a healthy diet – and serving a range of snacks and meals that are not only delicious but also good for you. You can also purchase scrumptious smoothies enriched with super-foods and pick up tips on making quick and easy wrap fillings the whole family will enjoy.

Tickets are selling at R100.00 on the day. All children under 16 are allowed in for free.

All funds raised on at our Expo go towards St Francis Animal Rescue to fund the ‘Open Your Eyes and Sterilize’ campaign which seeks to spay and neuter township cats and dogs to prevent the over-breeding that results in cruelty and neglect of kittens and puppies.

In support of St Francis Animal Rescue the 5-Star luxury hotel Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa is offering a 2 night stay for two people to indulge themselves in luxury. A winner in the Luxury Hotels of the World, Plettenberg Park has played host to many distinguished guests, such as Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson, amongst many others and you too could be soon enjoying a truly memorable getaway. Recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor which reflect the great reviews this outstanding hotel, perched on the cliffs just a little way west of Plettenberg Bay offering outstanding, unhindered views over the ocean, has received over the past year, A limited amount of tickets will be on offer to win this amazing offer valued at over R16000.

Plettenberg Park

The St Francis Animal Rescue team are grateful for your kind support. See you at the Spring Wellness Expo!

Press Release from St Francis Animal Rescue – Edited

Sea Vista Spayathon

Vets rally to the call of the Sea Vista Spayathon

Sea Vista Spayathon

On July 15th and 16th July (Friday & Saturday) St Francis Animal Rescue in collaboration with Dr Nerine Botha from Aloe Vet, will be holding a Spayathon at the Community Hall in Sea Vista.

Sterilizing as many animals as possible from this township is a goal shared between volunteers of St Francis Animal Rescue and Dr Botha.
After the 2014 launch of the, ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilize’ campaign, a large number of dogs and cats from our township have been spayed and neutered to reduce litters of unwanted puppies and kittens and eliminate the cruelty that often stems from over-breeding.

Dr Botha’s dream – to take this sterilization programme further through an annual Spayathon – is soon to be realized and township residents are invited to bring their animals to the Community Hall for free spaying and neutering.

Registration of animals takes place on Thursday July 15th from one o’clock. Dogs and cats will be weighed and, after an application of flea control medicine, booked in for surgery the next day.

A total of eight vets – colleagues of Dr Botha’s – will be participating in this event.

They will be bringing their own surgical equipment and tables from Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage and even further afield. We are also hoping that our own Dr Annelise Barker from Humansdorp Veterinary Clinic will be participating.

Over thirty volunteers have offered to assist with processing the intake of dogs and cats and caring for pets recovering from anaesthesia until they are ready to be safely returned to their owners.  Additional volunteers are on hand to help ferry dogs, cats and owners to their homes in Sea Vista.

St Francis Animal Rescue will be offering each sterilized dog a collar and leash, a bag of dog food – and hopefully – either a blanket or towel, to take home with them.  Cats will go home with a blanket and a bag of cat food.

Grateful thanks to Jeff and Liesel Clause from the Links Golf Club, who’ve  kindly agreed to deliver platters of finger food for vets and volunteers, There will also be a soup kitchen offering pet owners a cup of soup and a bread roll, while they wait for their pets to be admitted.

This Spayathon has been widely publicised through posters and leaflets produced in three languages and distributed throughout Sea Vista.

Help spread the word

If your staff are residents of Sea Vista and own a pet, please tell them to bring their dog or cat for registration on July 15th. Please also ask them to spread the word amongst their friends to encourage sterilization of as many cats and dogs as possible. The notices distributed to  community are copied at the end of this post.


Susan Rae Fox and her committee passed on thanks to the those who have so generously dropped off a bag or tin of food in the St Francis Animal Rescue trolley at SuperSpar which will remain in the store for food donations going forward and also to those who have dropped off food at TOFFEE in the village.

Also on Sue’s thank you list was  all those who have volunteered their time to assist at the Spayathon to help make the day a success..

Lastly and deserving very special mention Sue continued.  “Special thanks to Cape St Francis Resort for their generous support in providing accommodation for the vets and their assistant, your generosity is greatly appreciated”.

Spayathon Notice

Event organised by Open Your Eyes – Sterilize

in association with St Francis Bay Animal Rescue

Open your Eyes Sterilize