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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

Rupert for website 8 Feb 2016 final



BREED: Cross Breed

AGE: +- 5 months old

SIZE: Small Breed

ADOPTION FEE: R700 – includes any vaccinations, de-worming, treatment for ticks and fleas BEFORE adoption as well as a microchip and the sterilisation at 5 months old.

Rupert was rescued from the streets of Atlantis. At first the foster mom thought he was a puppy until a few weeks later it was confirmed that he was in fact already about 5 months old! He was in a very sad state. He was full of mange, very thin, and it looks like his ears had been cut some time back. He has been in a foster home for the last few weeks and he is looking gorgeous. There is something very unique about Rupert. He is so extremely relaxed and mature for his age. He doesn’t act like your average puppy. He is happy to be by your side or curl up in your neck otherwise he is also very independent and well behaved. He is not going to grow much bigger and it’s so odd because you don’t often see a dog that looks like him that stays small…Everything about Rupert is so different and so special <3

If you are interested in meeting this gorgeous boy, please contact Lauren on 021 510 7360 or email




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.




Jessie before and after photos below show the amazing improvement from when she was rescued in 2013 on Saint Frances day. She was tied up outside in the sand. Her owners were inside having lunch while she was starving outside. After some interactions with the owners, Jessie was taken away. We sent her to a foster home where she got loads of TLC and started to heal. A few weeks later she was homed to a beautiful family. They adore her!

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