A small town situated in the spectacular Hex River Valley
of the Western Cape, South Africa
on the outskirts of the vineyards and luxury Cape Dutch homesteads,
is an informal settlement fighting poverty, hardship,
and extreme weather conditions.
not only for the people but for their dogs.
Coming face to face with deadly canine diseases,
incidents of severe abuse and neglect,
and the realities of the economic crisis.
Sidewalks Specials works through a culture of respect, education and upliftment, helping township families care for their pets, rather than simply removing them.
Free Medical Care
We provide free vet care with the understanding that sterilisation is mandatory.
Watch ‘Ricky Rickets’ make an incredible recovery thanks to your support!
Watch Steri Drive 11 where 478 animals were sterilised and vetted in one weekend!
By providing free kennels for families who have sterilised their dogs and proven to be responsible pet owners, we ensure that their animals are safe from the elements.
Watch soggy, cold township dogs receive their new, warm kennels!
Watch the Sidewalk team hard at work!
Taking a pro-life approach, we provide free and effective chemotherapy treatment for dogs with TVT (Transmissible Venereal Tumors).
Watch township dogs receive their weekly, lifesaving chemotherapy.
Originally from Britain, Rachael founded Sidewalk Specials in 2016 with the aim of providing mass sterilization and veterinary services to underprivileged communities within South Africa. Responsible for operations, logistics, rehoming and editing.
Gary De Klerk
Head of Outreach, Gary keeps kits prepped, emergencies answered and the team safe on location.
Rachael’s sidekick, Jess can be found editing rescue videos, running logistics on Steri Drive or participating on township outreach. Whatever is needed, Jess’ll be there!