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The Tale of African Tails

The Tale of African Tails…

Once upon a time in December 2006, an organisation called African Tails was born. Its is set on the dusty streets of Du Noon and Joe Slovo townships in Cape Town, where African Tails strives to curb the over-population and suffering of abused and neglected township dogs.

Everyone at African Tails is bound by their love for the uniquely African dog, known as Canis Africanis, frequently found in rural areas and on the streets of South Africa’s informal settlements. Read more…

Our Aim

To give every abused and neglected street dog the happy ending they deserve. Sure, the township isn’t the ideal setting for a fairytale-style happy ending. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Whether it’s finding a puppy a loving new home, feeding a starving stray, curbing the cycle of over-population through regular sterilisation campaigns or simply euthanasing a suffering animal, African Tails is doing its best to write new stories of hope and triumph in the places that truly need them most.

Happy Tails

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Amber was surrendered from Dunoon along with her puppies. Despite being underweight and underloved, she took great care of her pups, always making sure that their tummy’s were full and that they felt loved and safe. All of Ambers puppies were adopted out from different foster homes and Amber remained in her foster home waiting for her turn. She was very much loved by her foster family and we often wondered If they would consider keeping her as a friend for their previous African Tails adoptee. And one day we got the news…Amber was staying 😀 This is Amber (brown girl) now in her happy home alongside her best bud Buki, also adopted from African Tails :) Of course we don’t want all of our fosters to become foster failures, but this just had to be done! It was too perfect to ignore <3

Leah and Tyler


Leah waited for 2 whole years until she found her forever home! Leah ended up wondering onto our foster moms small holding in Kleindassenberg and she was highly pregnant at the time. Our foster mom took her in with open arms and Leah went into labour the very next day! She was struggling and had to be rushed to the Malmesbury vet for a C section. After a stressful wait, all of her babies were delivered and she was taken back to the foster mom where she received five star treatment. As the months went by, her puppies were adopted out and poor little Leah didn’t budge. No one ever seemed interested in her. We all wondered when her lucky day will come. This day came in March 2017 at an adoption day held at the Century City Natural Goods Market. A family of three thought Leah was very special and finally someone saw what we all saw. A lovely little girl with so much love to give! Today Leah is living her best life with her best friend, 13 year old Tyler <3



Dynamo was surrendered to African Tails by his desperate owner. He sat here very distraught as he had hit a very bad time in his life and he wanted the best for Dynamo. We agreed to try our best and sent Dynamo to a foster home with lovely Vicky that has another cat herself. After about 2 months of fostering him, Vicky could not let him go. Her cat and Dynamo became close and it was just the perfect fit. He is one happy boy now! And thankfully we haven’t lost Vicky as a foster parent either!


Bubbles on mountain


Bubbles surrendered at 5 weeks old because she had mange. She was in her foster home until just over a year old! That is when she was lucky enough to find her perfect home. Bubbles now has a big brother dog named Henry and she goes on many mountain hikes and forest walks.


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