28 September 2016

About Sonja and Save-a-pet

Save-a-Pet was started in 2004 as a shelter for abandoned, abused and neglected domestic pets.

The shelter is a registered Non-Profit Organisation and adheres to a “PRO-LIFE” policy, meaning that everything possible is done to rehabilitate animals in our care. Their hope is to place animals in loving secure homes, but failing this, animals are assured of a home and good quality care, along with loads of love, at the shelter for the rest of their lives.

Situated in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth, Save-a-Pet relies solely on the generosity of the public and companies.

“I have always had a passion for helping animals and when Save-a-pet welcomed me with open arms to be part of what I believe the Save-a-pet family I knew that is where I wanted to be to help the team to truly make a difference in the lives of those that can’t protect and provide for themselves.” – Sonja Myburgh

How does it feel to be a Boss Hero for Promeal?

This is an absolute honour for me and it makes me immensely proud that Promeal is giving recognition to a couple of ordinary individuals with a dream to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats each year.

What is Save-a-Pet’s mission/vision? 

Our five Aims and Objectives will give you a good idea of what we stand for:

1)   We rescue, rehabilitate and provide care and shelter for abused and abandoned domestic pets.

2)   We render support and veterinary assistance to the domestic pets of genuinely needy people.

3)   We function with a pro-life policy and euthanize only on the advice of a veterinarian.

4)   We find good homes for the domestic pets under our care.

5)   We educate the public in taking better care of their animals with emphasis on the importance of sterilisation.


What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome in your time at Save-a-Pet?

Every day at Save-a-Pet is a challenge.  We have approximately 200 dogs and 50 cats in our care at any given time.  Every day there are more animals needing our help.  Abused, neglected, starving, mangy, sick and lost dogs and cats – we want to help them all, but when the kennels are full, sometimes we have to send them elsewhere. That is so hard because our hearts want to save them all.  Funding is a huge problem, and I don’t think members of the public realise the costs involved with running a shelter. Our vets bills alone average R55 000-00 per month.


What keeps you motivated to continuing the often challenging work that you do?

A genuine LOVE of DOGS AND CATS that goes way past the point where we just say it.  To look into the eyes of a dog or cat that needs our help, then to give it the love, care, food and help it needs, to find it the best suitable home, and then to get a ‘happy homings’ photo, showing a happy dog or cat enjoying life with a family, is the best feeling ever. 


How has the community assisted you in achieving your goals

Our supporters are our life-blood; without them we would not exist. Happily, they have become more numerous: they are the people we can rely on through rain and shine, through good times and especially during bad times; those who unselfishly give and give again; the people who put their money where their mouth is.

Then, along comes a wonderful company like Boss/Promeal who surprised us and supported our Mandela day initiative (Our aim was to collect 6 700 tins – one years worth of tins) with the most wonderful donation imaginable – 3222 tins of Boss dog food, which has made such an incredible difference in the lives of our rescues.  Our rescues all LOVE some tinned food mixed in with their pellets, and this awesome donation will ensure they all get this daily treat for at least six months. Thank you Boss/Promeal we could not have reached our target without your support!! 

How can people get involved in helping the organisation

We are always looking for volunteers to spend time walking, playing, brushing and cuddling our dogs and also helping with the general maintenance of the kennels.  Contact for more details.

People can also become members or sponsor a dog for R50-00 per month. Contact for a form.

We have a charity shop on our premises, so anyone who is clearing out, can donate bric-and-brac or clothing.


Do you have a motto that you live by?

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever!


Follow Save-a-Pet on Facebook: Save-a-Pet Port Elizabeth


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