Right to Life Animal Rescue Orginisation

Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre is a registered "RIGHT TO LIFE" organisation that is involved in the rehabilitation of abandoned , neglected and abused animals. Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre was opened in April 1999 because of the belief that all animals deserve a second chance in life and that healthy animals should not be killed just because they are unwanted. A safe haven had to be opened for these precious babies where they stand a chance of getting a new loving home. Wet Nose is a registered non-profit organisation devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of lost, abandoned and neglected animals. They are a right to life organisation and do not believe in euthanasia, except in the most extreme cases – they try and re-home all the animals into loving homes after they have been rehabilitated and sterilised. To date they have successfully re-homed over 20 500 dogs, 1 700 cats, donkeys, goats, horses, guinea pigs, pigs and rabbits.


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If you know of any animal abuse or neglect, please report it to us so that we can help the animal as soon as possible. Your name will not be provided to the person in question, however WE need all your details to follow up on any cases of cruelty. Your report will go directly to our inspector, who will handle the case



  • Animal Shelter

    Shelter and Rescue

  • Veterinary Clinic

    Open to the Public

  • Pet Shop

    Please Support Us

  • Adoptions

    We have rescued animals available for adoption

our passionate team

Welcome to Wetnose

Some of our key players at Wetnose.

  • Debbie Herselman Managing Director
  • Veronica van der Merwe Kennel Manager
  • Jacques van der Merwe Senior Inspector
  • Tarryn Smit Adoptions Clerk
  • Dr. Katie Kotze Veterinarian.

Get Involved / How you can help

  • Volunteers

    Wet Nose has many volunteers who absolutely love spending time with our animals. Due to the fact that we do not put animals down, some of our animals stay at Wet Nose for some time before a home is found for them. Although they get to play in exercise runs and get taken for walks by our staff, they are always happy to see the volunteers who walk them, play with them, groom them and provide extra tender loving care.You are most welcome to become a Wet Nose volunteer. When you volunteer for the first time, you will be required to complete a form, and you will be shown the ropes. After that, you can come and spend time at Wet Nose whenever you like, as long as we are open. Children under 16 will have to be accompanied by an adult, as we do not want to lose an animal or have injuries. So, come along and try it, you will love it and so will the animals.

  • Fund Raising Events for Wetnose

    Do you know that often people and companies have fund raising events on our behalf? From Golf Days to Gala Dinners to sporting events. If you or your company would like to host any kind of event that you think may be able to raise funds for abandoned, abused and neglected animals, let us know.Some people raise funds when they do a fun run or a cycle challenge, even 4×4 challenges have done this. Students often have to organize events in aid of a charity and get marks for their efforts. Companies hold charity auctions or fashion shows, and some even offer their services and skills for free to raise funds. Hairdressers have cut hair all day or beauty therapists have massaged their fingers to the bone all day in aid of Wet Nose. Singers have sung for the animals supper and celebrities have done all sorts of crazy things for a good cause. If you have a way of raising funds and don’t mind giving of your time and skills, lets work together to help those that can’t do it for themselves!

  • Education

    Education is of vital importance to Wet Nose, as we believe that the lack thereof is the reason for so many abused, abandoned and neglected animals, as well as for the millions of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in the world today. In South Africa we are faced with an enormous education challenge. Many families cannot afford to care for themselves, never mind their animals. There are a lot of myths and untruths told regarding animals, and even strange beliefs that certain animals are evil and should be stoned. Even the highly educated and wealthy have some strange idea’s regarding certain aspects, e.g. sterilization. Wet Nose often visit schools in order to educate the children, who in turn often educate their parents.click here to download the guide to Responsible Pet Ownership.

  • Team building

    Often companies bring groups of employees to Wet Nose to walk dogs, fix kennels, paint etc. You can have a picnic under the trees and do something for a good cause whilst building team spirit.

  • Birthdays and other celebrations

    From time to time someone has a birthday or similar party and they ask their guests to bring donations for Wet Nose instead of gifts. This is also a great opportunity for you to tell people about Wet Nose. You can even invite them to Wet Nose for your party and have a picnic and walk dogs, instead of a very expensive party.

  • Corporate / Social Development

    Many companies get involved with charity organizations as part of their social responsibility projects. If you work for a company who has this kind of program, suggest doing something with Wet Nose.

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Adoptions / Events


About Us

Our mission, Right to Life

The Wet Nose Animal Rescue Center is a Right to Life animal shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and then re-homes abused, abandoned and neglected animals. Right to Life means that no animal is put to sleep, unless it is in severe suffering and cannot be saved. Every animal is loved and cared for until a loving home is found for it, no matter how long it takes. The dogs are walked daily and taken to exercise runs, so that they have a good quality of life, and get exercise during their stay with us. The cats live in beautiful catteries where they are spoiled with love and toys, and anything their little heart’s desire. Our staff are well trained to care for the animals in their care and to treat every animal with dignity and respect. Every member of staff has a true passion for animals and not one of the 40 staff members think of their work as just a job. This mindset ensures that our animals are happy and content – because every life is precious! Wet Nose does not receive any government or municipal funding of any kind and relies on the animal loving public for its survival. We currently care for around 350 animals, mostly dogs and cats, but also horses, donkeys, emu’s etc. We believe that every animal deserves a second chance to love and be loved, which is why we fight for them, laugh and cry with them, and try to make sure that the joy outweighs the heartache

Business Hours

Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre Hours

Adoptions and Volunteers

Monday-Friday from 08H00 – 16H30

Saturday 09H00 – 14H00

We’re closed on Sundays and Public holidays!

Veterinary Clinic Consultation Hours

Monday - Friday: 09h00 - 10h00 / 15h00 - 16h00

We’re closed on Sundays and Public holidays!

Who to Contact

Reception/Adoptions: Ingrid Boone

Bookkeeper: Marinda Rademan

Accounts: Graham Kennard

Farm Animals: Magdi Swart

Veterinarian: Dr Katie Kotze

Inspectors: Insp. Jacques van der Merwe & Insp Tarryn Smith

Collection Tins: Carol Moore.

Kennel Manager: Veronica van der Merwe

Contact us

Have questions or comments?

GPS Co-ordinates: (South) S25º47’32.2 and (East)E28º34’36.9

Plot 75


Postal Address:
P O Box 1003


Email: wetnose@absamail.co.za

0861 wet nose or 013-9323941/2

Reception: (013) 932 3941/2 or (013) 935 3368

Clinic: (013) 935 3411
Kennels/Inspectorate: (013) 935 3412

086 276 0219
Emergency Tel:
082 677 8084