Dead Animals Walking

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072 298 9086

Closing the DAW of death & Opening the DAW of life for ALL animals! 

Dead Animals Walking is a Registered Non-Profit Animal Welfare Foundation that works tirelessly against the plight of animals deemed hopeless and on the verge of death due to torturous over-population; cruel, intentional abuse and neglect; and lack of education in the humane care of all animals. We are also committed to the rehabilitation and rescue of farm animals and to social improvement and education of destitute children and families in the communities in which we serve.


We pride ourselves in providing rescue, rehabilitation, relief, primary health care, sterilization and educational efforts, in impoverished communities and farms in Cape Town by applying lifesaving interventions.


We rescue hopelessly abused, neglected and unwanted animals, to ensure they never have to suffer again, by first rehabilitating them and then re-homing them into loving homes. We provide relief for animals who will have no quality of life or no positive prognosis for recovery, by humane euthanasia.


Rehabilitated dog
Rehabilitated dog
Rehabilitated dog
Rehabilitated dog
Starved and abused dog
Dig riddled with ticks and mange
Neglected Dog
Neglected dog

About us

We actively work and live by our set of principles of rescuing, rehabilitating, relieving, sterilizing and re-homing one animal at a time, as well as educating and uplifting one destitute child or adult at a time. We are unfaltering, fearless, dependable and staunch animal rescue workers, who will stop at nothing to make a difference!

Mission Statement

Our Objectives

  1. To reduce the number of unwanted, severely neglected and abused animals.

  2. To minimize the incidence of animal cruelty and abuse.

  3. To improve general standards of animal health and welfare, thereby improving the health and welfare of people too.

  4. To encourage responsible pet care and farm animal care and ownership, through humane education.

  5. Provide primary health care services such as vaccinations, deworming, sterilization, tick and flea control and micro-chipping.

Richelle Graham, our Founder and Director started working in animal welfare 9 years ago, volunteering all her time at a local SPCA. One tragic day, a call came in about a pregnant dog tied to a railway line. Richelle rushed there as fast as she could but the train had already gone over the dog and had severed her leg. After cutting her loose and rushing her to the nearest vet, she had lost all her puppies. Richelle, ordered the vet to do everything to save the dog's life and promised to raise all the money herself by getting her story out in the public.


Richelle named her Lucky Lucy and she is alive, happy and well today.

Inspired by Lucky Lucy's will to survive, Richelle quit her modelling and acting career to dedicate herself full time to work in animal welfare. After a few years in animal welfare, Richelle finally set up Dead Animals Walking in 2014. The name of the organisation represents exactly the sort of animals we rescue.


Angelique Loubser, our Kennel Manager and only other staff member, dedicates her life beyond means to help run DAW successfully. She helps Richelle do the daily township runs, countless vet visits, mass sterilizations and 24/7 care of every sick animal in our haven. She keeps the haven clean and organised. Angelique's passion and commitment to DAW is very commendable.


We are very grateful for the few volunteers that volunteer their free time and skills whenever they can. The help we get from our volunteers is indispensable. We are always in need of extra hands. If you have any spare time or skills to volunteer, then please apply here.


Our board members also play an integral role in the proper management of the organization, as they dedicate all their time and effort voluntarily too.

DAW workers and supporters
Angelique caring for a rescued puppy
Richelle holding a rescued dog

Our Team


Luck Lucy tied to a railway track


We mission our way through poor communities by tackling flea and tick ridden, manged, sick, injured, suffering and unsterilized domestic township animals, as well as misused and misunderstood farm animals by providing a safe haven as well as creating a concerted, cooperative effort between the veterinary profession, the welfare sector (including the SPCA), private and corporate donors and the beneficiary community. 


We believe in developing trustworthy relationships with the people whose animals we care for or rehabilitate. We have the following ongoing projects in the surrounding farms in our immediate area as well as Klipheuwel, Welbeloond, Malmesbury, Abbottsdale, Moorreesburg and Klapmuts.

Rescue, Relief, Rehabilitation and Re-homing Campaigns


We do this daily by working in the impoverished communities and townships where we will rescue the truly hopeless almost lifeless animals.

We perform daily rescue missions in the townships and surrounding areas. We provide rehabilitation of these rescued animals through the safe haven on our farm and then re-home them through our adoption's process into loving families.

Unfortunately, some of the animals we encounter cannot be rehabilitated as they have surpassed any return from the suffering they have endured. For these animals, we can only provide them with relief by humanely euthanizing them.

Abused and neglected calf
Doing mass sterilizations in the local communities
Providing food to local communities
Feeding dogs at DAW

Educational Programmes


We tackle this project once a month in our townships and schools in the surrounding areas.

Our goals are on teaching justice, respect and compassion for all life. Our programmes focus on stubbing ignorance and promote accountability and responsibility.

The destitute people and children in these communities suffer from lack of knowledge and thus cause suffering due to their lack of education. This can cause a vicious cycle, where the children get raised with lack of empathy or compassion for animals.


Social Upliftment Initiative


On a monthly basis we provide food for the people and their animals in these disadvantaged communities. They can barely afford food for themselves, let alone for their pets.

Along with this, we believe in uplifting these communities by providing them with the tools and skills to sustain themselves. We teach them how to grow their own vegetable gardens and how to do woodwork, this contributes to their self-worth by not only learning something but having a way to create an income and sustain themselves and their families. 

Sterilization Projects


Funds permitting, we do mass sterilizations for as many animals as we can. Whether it's an animal in the township, or on the street scavenging or an animal with an owner that can't afford private vet fees. We do everything to prevent the contribution to the over-population crisis of animals.

We focus on changing the numbers one by one to reduce over-population, abuse, neglect and homeless animals.

Providing a safe haven for unwanted domestic & farm animals


We have a haven on the farm for the animals we rescue and work daily to provide them with only the best primary health care, shelter and love that they need and deserve, until they get adopted.


As a non-profit organization, we are always in need of donations. We believe anyone can contribute to the fight for animal welfare. Whether it be financial donations, volunteering your time and love or just donating food and other items we can use or sell.

We are constantly in need of the following donations:


  • Dog food: 25kg bags of dog food like Montego, Jock, Trusty, Pedigree, Vitamin and for the severe cases Hills and Royal Canine or even chicken, rice and vegetables.

  • Collars and leads all sizes, water bowls, food bowls.

  • Deworming tablets, tick and flea control, supplements such as Mirra-Cote or Efazol, Protexin or MSM for joints, also shampoos and ointments, F10 disinfectants, vaccinations,

  • Dog kennels, dog blankets or beds, toys and balls, chewy treats and all.

  • All throw away veggies and fruit for the farm animals and chicken food for all our feathered rescues.

  • Cleaning items such as dishwashing liquid, bleach, pine gel, black dip, sponges and cloths.

  • A wheelbarrow, spades, gumboots and overalls/workwear for a farm. Any and all fencing, roof sheets, cement and building materials.

All donations can be dropped off at the farm Monday to Friday 7am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm. Please call before the time so we know you are coming.

Without regular financial contributions we wouldn’t be able to continue what we do.


Your contribution will assist us to achieve our further objectives:

  • Larger mass-sterilizations drives in disadvantaged communities. 

  • The building of more rehabilitation and quarantine enclosures for animals that are being cared for at the Haven.

  • The construction of a fully equipped animal hospital on the premises to provide 24-hour care for the animals at our Haven, as well as to provide a service to the surrounding poorer communities. 

  • Further projects in the disadvantaged communities to provide people with skills to become self-sufficient, such as planting and growing of vegetables gardens and teaching of woodwork and sewing skills. 

For EFT's or Direct Deposit :


Dead Animals Walking

FNB Cheque Account: 62558850634

Branch: 250655

Ref: Your Name

Thank you! We truly appreciate any and all donations.

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Little boy and his dog
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As we have an open-door policy, there is no strict criteria to become a volunteer, just the sheer will to help love, care for and run the haven successfully. There is loads to do when volunteering at DAW, from walking an enthusiastic dog, to cleaning the dog or farm, animal runs, to just sitting and talking to the broke, badly abused, neglected or shy ones. When you become a DAW rescue volunteer, you're giving the animals what they want and need most: personal attention, hands-on care and love. Whether you volunteer for a day, a week or longer, the animals at the haven truly appreciate the time you spend with them.


Although we are a working haven, your volunteer experience doesn't matter as we will train you in all areas. Volunteer activities include tasks such as assisting with the cleaning of the animal areas, feeding, walking, spending quiet time socializing with our animals and grooming. Taking some of our animals on outings to town or other nearby locations is another way our volunteers help give them new and valuable experiences. Volunteers can also take some of our animals on sleepovers which help prepare them for their forever home. All these activities are very important for our animals and we appreciate you coming to the haven and pitching in!


If you can volunteer, then please call us on 072 298 9086 or email


We also allow farm visits, by appointment, Monday to Friday 7am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am - 4pm.

Young man playing with a dog
Rescuing a small dog
Removing ticks from neglected puppy
A dog licking a man's face.


Re-homing the rehabilitated animals is an integral part of our mission. If you are interested in adopting any of our animals, please make an appointment to visit our farm (Monday to Friday 7am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm) to see what animals are ready for adoption.


You can find more information and application forms below. When we have reviewed your application, we will do a home visit and if all goes well, we will assist in the introduction of your new family member.


The adoption fee is R600 and this is necessary to cover the cost of the initial vaccinations, deworming, mandatory sterilisation at 6 months, microchip, and tick and flea control.

An excited dog ready for adoption
A family adopting a dog
Puppy needing to be adopted


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