Car Hire Cape Town: Volunteer on your Vacation

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AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town can take you wherever you need to go when visiting the Western Cape. Why not take a different route on your vacation and stop past a few of the many animal welfare organisations in the Western Cape area? Make a difference on your holiday in your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town.



AroundAboutCars are your go-to for car hire Cape Town when on vacation in the Western Cape. With over twenty years of experience in car hire, AroundAboutCars knows just what service you need to make your car rental experience stress-free and enjoyable. With a large range of the latest and highest quality cars, AroundAboutCars makes it easy to find the car ideally suited to any type of vacation you have planned for the Western Cape.




Help-out on Your Holiday:

AroundAboutCars is a South African brand dedicated to making a difference through outreach in South Africa. Drive your AroundAboutCars vehicle to an animal welfare organisation to add another dimension to your holiday in the Western Cape. Animal welfare organisations allow you to spend your day surrounded by gorgeous dogs and cute cats, whilst making a difference. See all that the Western Cape has to offer by incorporating a visit to an animal welfare organisation into your daily itinerary.


Animal Welfare Organisations:

Here are a few of our favourite animal welfare organisations which are making a great impact on their local communities. Whether you are hiking in the Cape of Good Hope or wine tasting in Stellenbosch, there is an animal welfare organisation close by to pop into.


1) Cape of Good Hope SPCA:

Cape of Good Hope SPCA is an animal welfare organisation dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. They do this through educating local communities and enforcing the law when it comes to animal rights. They also provide veterinary care services which are executed within an animal hospital and four mobile clinics.


Cape of Good Hope SPCA is unique to other animal welfare organisations in two ways. Firstly, it is the oldest animal welfare organisation in South Africa, established in 1872, and is the founding society of the SPCA movement across the country. They are also one of few animal welfare organisations which provide shelter and care for farm animals, such as chickens, sheep, cattle, and horses.



If you have driven your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope and enjoyed the beautiful hikes on offer in this area during your vacation in the Western Cape, then why not extend those wholesome feelings and pay a visit to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.



The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS), established in the memory of deceased Emma Geary-Cooke, is an animal welfare organisation aimed at rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming domestic animals from the communities of Ocean View, Vrygrond, Masiphumele, and Redhill. They also provide veterinary services to the animals in these local communities and help educate the local community.


If you are driving around the Southern Suburbs or Deep South in your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town car and come across either Sunny Acres shop, Fish Hoek shop, Valyland Bookshop, or Retreat Charity Centre, then find a place to park (most likely a parallel knowing the Western Cape) and pop in. These shopping outlets allow you to shop with a purpose as all proceeds go towards feeding the many animals in TEARS care. Have you packed too heavy for your vacation and have no space to fill up your suitcase? Donate some of your items to any one of these stores.




3) Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS):

Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) offers veterinary services, aid in the adoption process of cats and dogs across the Garden Route, educate local communities, and run inspection services to ensure all stray, unwanted, or injured animals are collected.


KAWS is unique in the way they have set up their Kennel Project. This aims to raise funds to donate kennels to dog owners who are unable to afford one for their pets. This great initiative helps pet owners who may be struggling to meet this need for their pet, whilst still ensuring they get to love and care for their furry family member.


If you are looking for the full experience of the Western Cape on your vacation, then we suggest heading to Knysna in your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town car. This breath-taking location hosts a scenic town nestled in between mountains and the ocean. Step out of the norm when on holiday in Knysna and visit KAWS.


4) Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS):

Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS) is an advocate for viewing animals as living beings with the right to kindness, consideration, humane treatment, life, and health. They offer veterinary services, inspections in the local community, educating the local community, and you the chance to adopt a dog or cat. They also assist in the reuniting of lost dogs or cats with their owners.


We know that any vacation to the Western Cape is going to be involving a trip to a wine farm (or two). Stellenbosch is a gorgeous location with numerous wine farms to suit any palate or budget. AWSS is located near a few wine farms making it easy to stop past there first in your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town.




Whichever animal welfare organisation you take a trip to in your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town car, we know you are going to be moved to take an active step in helping these great organisations out.


Ways to Assist Animal Welfare Organisations:

Each animal welfare organisation has more specific ways in which you can reach out and help. If there is a specific organisation that attracts your attention, then contact them to find out exactly what they are struggling with and see if this is something you can assist with.


1) Monetary Donations:

AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town is the cheapest car rental in South Africa. Because AroundAboutCars is so affordable, you will have extra cash to spare. We all love a good holiday souvenir, but rather than purchasing that “I Love CT” hat you will never wear again, leave a lasting impact by taking your spare cash and donating it.


Many of the animal welfare organisations have a wish list of items they need to help them continue providing veterinary care, education services, or housing for the many animals in their organisations. Phone the organisation and enquire what they need and see if this fits into your budget. No amount is too small when it comes to helping an outreach organisation.


2) Food Donations:

AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town hosts a variety of car brands and models, ranging from small and economical cars to larger cars. Whether you have rented a vehicle with a massive boot perfectly suited to fitting those 25kg dog food bags, or a small and quick vehicle that makes it easy to pop past any shop to grab a couple of tins of cat food, there is a vehicle perfectly suited to your vacation and volunteering needs from AroundAboutCars.





3) Volunteering:

Volunteering your time to any one of the animal welfare organisations in the Western Cape is one of the greatest ways you can help make a difference. Volunteering makes it easier to see how the animal welfare organisation is run, what issues they may be facing, and gives you a greater understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of these amazing initiatives. Volunteering activities vary according to which animal welfare organisation you go to, but here is a list of a few things you can do.


• Clean the Cages: Help the animal welfare organisation provide clean facilities to all the animals they care for by putting on some gloves and getting down and dirty. This is the least glamourous way to spend your vacation but will make a great difference to the organisation and animal’s day.

• Walk the Dogs: Throw on your gym clothes and pick up a couple of leashes and let those dogs stretch their legs. You get to enjoy some exercise on your vacation while contributing to the health and well-being of the dogs in the animal welfare organisation.

• Play with the Animals: If you are on a limited schedule but still want to make a difference at an animal welfare organisation, stop past and show those animals some love. Find animals that are looking for affection and cuddle them as much as you can. Not only will you walk away with a glowing heart, but those animals will be feeling (even more) warm and fuzzy.


4) Raise Awareness:

Take a photo in your AroundAboutCars car and share which animal welfare organisation you are heading on your vacation in the Western Cape. Taking photos, sharing them on your social media platforms, and tagging the animal welfare organisation as well as AroundAboutCars helps bring awareness to the organisation through your social media audience and extends it to the social media audience of AroundAboutCars.


Raising awareness to a wide community helps these animal welfare organisations immensely. It helps people realise which organisations are in their area, what the organisations need assistance with, and hopefully increases the chances of the animals being adopted. Plus, you get to set an example of how to incorporate volunteering into your vacation.




Fallen in Love? Now What?


We know one little bundle of fur is going to capture your eyes (and heart) but while every animal deserves a home, they deserve a great and stable home. Consider these few aspects before taking on the responsibility of becoming a paw-rent.


• Cost: There are many costs involved in being a pet owner. There is the adoption fee, monthly food, possible vet bills, and other important items that pets need. It is not just the cost of the animal, but if you have travelled to the Western Cape from another province then you also need to consider the costs of transporting your new pet home. Make an informed decision when you adopt an animal so that the animal does not end up in the very same position.

• Home Space: Take into consideration the type of home you have when adopting a pet. All animals need space to roam around and exercise in. Adopting a Great Dane when you live in a one-bedroom flat is going to make both you and the dog miserable.

• Other Pets: If you are already a pet owner you need to consider the impact that bringing a new pet home will have on your current pets. You also need to be wary about which types of pets work well together. Adopting an elderly cat and bringing it home to a group of young and excitable dogs could result in a traumatised and run-away cat.


Add a different dimension to your AroundAboutCars car hire Cape Town by taking the time to volunteer whilst on vacation in the Western Cape.