Best Friends Dog Walk



Great news for ARO supporters and dog walkers, we will be hosting another Best Friends Dog Walk this Sunday, 29 September 2013 at Nitida Wines in Durbanville. Enjoy a leisurely 2km stroll through the vineyards, or for the more adventurous try out the 4km route. Participants are advised to pre-register due to a limited number of participants allowed, register at Registration opens at 08h30 on the day and the walk starts at 09h00.

The Cassia Restaurant on the estate will have delicious muffins and breakfast available on the morning. The ARO will have promotional goods and treats for your dogs on sale too!

With the clouds clearing and Sunday promising to be a beautiful day, our Best Friends Dog Walk is the perfect way to beat the winter blues and enjoy the outdoors with your best friend.

Cost is just R20 per dog, R10 per adult and R5 per child (3yrs – 16yrs, children under 3yrs walk free). For more information or to register contact me on 021 396 5511 /

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Until next time,



With the stormy weather we have had over the past weekend, it seems “silly” to announce the arrival of spring – but it is officially spring and I am sure that we will all soon be wishing for the odd cooler day. Especially those that enjoy the outdoors as much as the dog walking fraternity do.

There is no excuse for not getting out and enjoying the fresh air, and if like me, you have pets that come rain or shine love the outdoors; they will be more than happy to accompany you.

Fortunately for us, Cape Town has plenty of great spots to walk your pets. Having asked supporters, colleagues and friends I have created the ARO Top 10 places to walk your dog guide:

  1. Tokai forest – dogs are allowed at the lower end of the forest and along Spaanschemat River Road
  2. Sea Point Promenade – dogs are permitted along the promenade but must be on a leash
  3. Kommetjie Lighthouse Boardwalk – Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie.  Must be under control at all times.
  4. Noordhoek Common – Noordhoek main road and Avondrust Road, Noordhoek. Same conditions as above.
  5. Fish Hoek Beach – dogs are permitted to run freely on certain parts of the beach.
  6. Silvermine Dam – Situated on Ou Kaapse Weg, dogs are allowed in specified areas. Keep on a lead.
  7. Constantia Green Belt – Alphen Drive (opposite Alphen Hotel), Constantia. As above.
  8. Rondebosch Common – Park Road and Campground Road, Rondebosch. Keep under control at all times.
  9. Keurboom Park – Keurboom Road, Rondebosch. As above.
  10. De Waal Park – Upper Orange Road, Gardens, Cape Town +27 (0)21 400 2521. Keep under control at all times.

If the weather (and other benefits) aren’t enough to persuade you, then consider doing your bit for a great cause and join the Animal Rescue Organisation on Sunday 29th September 2013 at the beautiful Nitida Wine Estate in Durbanville for their second Best Friends Dog Walk, for more information or to register online visit

I look forward to seeing both you and your beloved dogs at this year’s Best Friends Dog Walk which has been described as one of the most relaxed and enjoyable around.

Until next time



MandelaDayFlyer (2)The Animal Rescue Organisation will be hosting “ONE HEALTH ON MANDELA DAY” on the 18 July 2013 from 9am – 12 at our Head Quarters in Ottery.

This project is all encompassing as it includes animal healthcare, human healthcare and environmental sustainability. We have partnered with Phillipi SAPS and the Lotus River Health Clinic to make this day a success.

Community members are invited on the day, we plan to host a litter clean up and on completion we would like to serve each member from the surrounding informal settlement / area a cup of soup and bread as well as provide every animal treated with a gift.

Should the public wish to get involved, please contact Jessica Perrins 021 396 5511.

We are in need of volunteers to:

  • Contribute towards the soup initiative – making soup prior to the event, serving soup on the day
  • Clean Up – split into teams of 4 and clean the surrounding community
  • Corporates can do collection drives – blankets, pet food, collars and leads, childrens clothing, toys

Do your bit for Mandela Day – if you cannot volunteer your time, donate R67 towards this initiative!

I look forward to reporting back on what we hope to be a very successful event and the first of many ‘ONE HEALTH’ days to come.

Until next time,


Best Friends Dog Walk 28 April 2013

Great news for you and your four legged friends – the Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO) will be holding the Best Friends Dog Walk on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 9am at Nitida Cellars in Durbanville.  It will be our first time at Nitida Cellars, however, as a frequent visitor to the Cassia Restaurant, I am sure it is going to make the ideal venue!

Registrations are flooding in and we have had to limit the number of participants allowed on the day, to avoid dissapointment, please pre-register online at  Should you wish to register on the day, registration opens at 08.30am. Cost is just R10 per person and R20 per dog. All proceeds raised will go towards our work within the indigent communities.

It is a great morning out for the whole family – The Cassia restaurant on the estate will have delicious breakfast and pastries available on the day. The ARO will have promotional goods and treats for your pets on offer too.

Even if you’re not a dog owner, you can still take part in our Best Friend Walk. It’s open to everyone, so come out and support a good cause. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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