The Cactus Foundation
is an African based,
direct action organisation
for the protection and welfare
of animals and children on the continent
Thanks to warriors like you, we fight to give a voice to those most vulnerable in our communities, bringing hope, help, care and kindness to all in need.
“As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” Bill Gates
WELFARE AND HEALTHCARE INTO COMMUNITIES
“I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.” Desmond Tutu
KEEP YOUNG GIRLS IN SCHOOL
SANITARY AND FEMALE HYGIENE CAMPAIGN
"Investing in girls' education is the very best thing we can do, not just for our daughters and granddaughters, but for their families, their communities, and their countries." Michelle Obama
THE LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL ABUSE
AND HUMAN VIOLENCE
We facilitate a dedicated children and animal anti-cruelty unit, focused on thoroughly investigating all cases, remediating through education on the smaller matters, and pushing cases right through the legal system in serious or deliberate cases of neglect, abuse and cruelty. We are equipped to confiscate, and home abused or neglected animals, and through our strategic childcare partners to provide the necessary support and protection to those children in need.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
CHILDREN AND ANIMAL ADVOCACY
“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” Samantha Powers
RABIES AND ANIMAL-TO-HUMAN TRANSMITTABLE DISEASES
"Whether our task is fighting poverty or stemming the spread of disease, we have seen that we cannot succeed without the leadership of the strong and the engagement of all." Kofi Annan
ANIMAL AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Fighting the trafficking of animals, wildlife, and children in Africa has never been more urgent. Wildlife trafficking threatens countless species, pushing some to the brink of extinction and disrupting ecosystems. The illicit trade of animals as pets or commodities perpetuates animal suffering and compromises their welfare. Similarly, the exploitation and trafficking of innocent children for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or other heinous purposes are grave violations of human rights. To combat these pervasive issues, concerted regional and global efforts are essential, encompassing strengthened law enforcement, international cooperation, public awareness campaigns, and sustainable conservation strategies. By collectively standing against these despicable acts, we can safeguard the vulnerable and precious lives that share our world.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGIES
"Those who protect and save other animals lead the way in protecting and saving humanity and earth." Anthony Douglas Williams
PUPPY MILLS AND UNETHICAL BREEDING PRACTICES
The puppy mill industry keeps dogs captive in cruel, cramped and often unsanitary conditions for the purposes of mass breeding and selling of puppies. The emphasis is on profits over the welfare of the dogs. The animals often lack good food, clean water, and veterinary care. As a result of the breeding practices of puppy mills, it is common for dogs to suffer from genetic and hereditary conditions, and deadly diseases. Additionally, many puppy mill dogs experience behavioral and psychological problems throughout their lives from a lack of early socialization and being weaned too young. People who buy puppy mill puppies often suffer the trauma together with their families and children of animals who die prematurely, are expensive to treat medically or have behavioral problems leading to euthanasia or abandonment. We aim end the cruel treatment of dogs in mass breeding operations through proper legislation and regulation.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein
CACTUS FOUNDATION CENTRE
With thousands of animals we encounter desperate for a loving forever home but first needing evaluation, medical care and tons of love, we are actively fundraising for our first Cactus Foundation Centres in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lusaka, Zambia where we would be able to bring together our operations into a single space.
The centre will have a 24 hour veterinary care facility which will service all members of the community with healthcare for their pets, as well as take in and provide medical care for strays, injured and sick animals and those needing vaccinations, sterilizations and assistance with transmutable diseases.
OVER-NIGHT AND CRITICAL CARE FACILITIES
Our overnight and critical care facilities will cater for those animals with illnesses and traumas, with round the clock care and specialist medical attention requirements.
SHELTER AND ADOPTION CENTRE
The shelter will offer compassionate refuge to homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals. Here, animals will be evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized and rehabilitated. When the are ready, they will move to our adoption centre where the public are encouraged to come to adopt their forever pet!
CACTUS EDUCATION CENTRE
Our education centre will be a multipurpose facility that will run multiple programs year round
- Specialist veterinary lectures featuring international guests
- Schools education & outing programs
- New adopters orientation
- Dog training classes with behavioural specialists
DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING AND AGILITY
Obedience and agility training will be run every weekend for all levels of dog and owner! We encourage all adptors to attend at least the first few levels of obedience training to ensure a long term and happy relationship and understanding between you and your new best friend.
For our older friends who are not suitable for re-homing we will offer a peaceful retirement sanctuary where they can live out their final days with love and care. Many working animals are discarded after a lifetime of service, and deserve a place.
🌿📚 Exciting Announcement! Join us at the Cactus Foundation’s special event for children, where we will be reading “The Phoebe Book of Poems for Children”