Rescue is Life was founded in January 2019 with one goal in mind: to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome as many dogs and cats as possible within the City of Cape Town ensuring that they have as bright a future as possible! RiL was founded by Michelle Barnard, Donna Kabe-Stear and Charmaine Tong, all incredible women who have worked with animals their entire lives! Our ethos is very much governed by the idea that each and every animal deserves a chance at life and so we vouch to fight for those animals to the utmost best of our ability.

RiL takes great care to work within the Cape Town community by running sterilization drives to help curb the ever-increasing animal population. We take a particular interest in the Tafelsig area where a startling majority of our animals come from. We aim to educate and empower pet owners to give their beloved pets the very best life they can possibly have.

Rescue is Life is a foster-based organization whereby the majority of the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies coming through our system go straight into various foster homes. We believe that the foster-based system of animal care helps curb the spread of infectious diseases that one might find at an animal shelter, as well as it helps the animal in getting used to living in a loving and warm home environment where they can get the one-on-one care they so deserve while they wait for their forever families to adopt them.

All our wonderful foster parents give up their time, energy, love and open up their homes to our rescues so in turn we ensure that all the animal’s costs are on us while in foster care – this includes vaccinations, food, litter and vet visits.

Since opening our doors in January 2019 we have rescued and rehomed well over 1000 cats and dogs and we will always continue our fight for our furry friends. 

Together we can do so much more!


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