Providing veterinary care for dogs and cats in disadvantaged communities

For many in disadvantaged communities around the world, a dog or cat is all a person has. But there can sometimes be problems looking after the animals' welfare. Veterinary services are often unavailable, making dogs and cats more vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and abandonment. Illnesses and injuries therefore go untreated most of the times.

The pain of these animals adds to the suffering of their owners. Imagine having to stand by helpless while your pet starves or is in pain. Yet that is exactly what many in underserved communities face everyday.

IFAW supports veterinary clinics that provide basic care for dogs and cats, including vaccinations and spay/neuter services. We treat animal victims of car-accidents, abuse and poisoning and work to find homes for animals abandoned by their owners.

From the impoverished townships of South Africa, to those living on social welfare in Germany and to the isolated northern communities of Canada’s Cree Nation, we bring basic services and essential veterinarian medical care to those who need it most.

To learn more about IFAW’s work providing veterinarian services in South Africa, Germany, and Canada’s aboriginal communities, please visit:

Johannesburg: Providing vital pet care services
Cape Town: Solutions for pets of the poor
Germany: Soup kitchen for animals
Canada: Providing veterinary care in remote Cree communities