Cape Town fires: How you can help

Our thoughts are with the people and animals affected by the current fires causing devastation and destruction in Cape Town 


FOUR PAWS would like to express our appreciation to all the brave firefighters, authorities, and disaster management teams who are trying to save precious natural resources, buildings as well as lives. 

A big thank you also goes out to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and other animal welfare organisations and animal services on the ground rescuing wild animals, taking in family pets due to forced home evacuations, and responding to other related animal emergencies caused by the fires.

We express our sincere thoughts to those affected, and FOUR PAWS would like to play our part in offering support. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for additional ways in which you can support.

We ask that the public help in the following ways:

  • The Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s inspectors have a desperate need for a second-hand trailer to be able to transport emergency supplies. Contact 021 700 4140 if you can assist.
  • Be on the lookout in your area for any animals that might have been injured and moved off the mountain and into the suburbs – especially ones who might be fleeing the mountains and try to cross the road. Drivers should therefore also be vigilant.
  • If you come across an injured animal and it is safe to do so, please place the animal in a covered cardboard box to minimize stress and call the SPCA on 083 326 1604.
  • If you live close to the affected areas, please place shallow plastic containers filled with water in your garden for any animals who might be in desperate need of water.
  • If you live close to the affected areas, please keep your own pets like dogs and cats inside and safe.
  • Be tolerant, sensitive and respectful of any animals you come across, their homes have just burnt down.
  • If you are evacuating your home please remember to take your pets with you as well as their necessary items such as food, vet cards, food, water and any medications if necessary. Also make sure they are identified by an ID collar/ tag with your current and correct phone number on. Cats and small breed dogs should be placed in carriers to minimise stress.
  • If you are evacuating and need assistance with your animals, the SPCA, PDSA and Frits Dog Hotel have opened their doors to assist animals free of charge. They will offer a safe haven for the animals until the disaster is over. They advise owners to bring their vaccination cards. Details here
  • The SPCA is in need of donations of dressings, bandages, Silbecor ointment, cool packs, fresh fruit and vegetables for the animals and supplies like energy drinks, energy bars and eyedrops for the team in the field will be highly appreciated. Please drop these off at their Grassy Park premises.
  • The following Absolute Pets Stores are also Alternative Drop-off points for donations: Flamingo (Tableview), Welgemoed, Cape Gate, Gardens, Constantia and Cavendish.