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Every week we feature a special case.  One we feel deserves special attention.

Meet Gabana.  She is a beautiful well-socialized 4.5 year old girl who is really friendly, super-intelligent and such a quick learner.

She has been at the Shelter since she was a puppy – so about 4 years in total !!  She gets on really well with all the other dogs and is a joy to all the staff at the Shelter.  She doesn’t understand why she keeps getting overlooked for adoption as she’s really pretty and in very good condition.

She is very eager to please and although she certainly deserves the Shelter’s long-service award, all she really wants is to be someone’s special girl.  She is a delightful dog and will devote herself to you forever if you adopt her.

If you can adopt our gorgeous girl, please visit her on our Adoptions page.  You can also email Tammy or call her on 083-377-3219

Please go to our Adoptions menu to check out our other pets who are looking for a home. Adoption Criteria for adopting any of our pets can be found here.

Newly Rescued – In Rehabilitation

Please note :  Where no actual picture of the pet is shown, this means the pet has probably sustained injuries or is in rehabilitation. They are such brave pets and they don’t mind showing you their injuries as long as you understand they might not be looking their best!  With our love and care and your help we hope to get them on the road to recovery quickly.


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A huge THANK YOU for all your kind donations of dry dog food.  We now have enough to feed the dogs for a few more weeks.  Please visit our Shelter News or Donations page to view our ‘special thanks’ – without your generous assistance and donations, we would never be able to take such good care of our pets.

Please visit our Wishlist or Donations page if you are able to assist us at a later date.

Winter Blanket Drive for ALL Animal Shelters

It’s not just our pets at 4Paws Animal Shelter who feel the cold in winter, it’s the pets at ALL animal shelters.  This initiative provides aid to 50 shelters by providing blankets, dog jerseys and tons of much needed food.  Please visit this site to see if you can assist in any way.

 Pet’s Adopted

Please also visit our Success Stories page to view some really lucky adopted pets.  We will miss you guys, but we know you’ve been adopted by a worthy family and we wish you all the best in your new life!

Hi, I’m Betty now.  I used to be Emma but my mom renamed me ‘cos she adopted me together with
Read more.
Hi I’m Barney but my name used to be Josh.  I was adopted with Betty who used to be Emma.
Read more.

Founder’s Note:

“We have improved the lives of many animals since we started in July 2006 but there are so many more animals in need. We are only able to do what our finances allow us to do.” ~Merinda Brits

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Donations
To improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals. In our urban surroundings, the main categories are: squatter camp animals and feral cats.
To expand by obtaining more vehicles, employing more fieldworkers and to operate from our own clinic.
We are currently only relying on private donations, but we are also hoping to gain the support of the public sector. Should you wish to make any donations, we would be eternally grateful. You can either make a donation by using the online donation button on the website, or alternatively by making a direct bank deposit. Our banking details are as follows: Four Paws Nedbank, Fourways Branch code: 168405 Acc Nr: 1684110750