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Dogtown SA – Saving More Lives

Nestled in the Hennops mountains is the most remarkable sanctuary, for dogs who have lost their families or have been rescued from dire situations. Every day the dedicated team at Dogtown provide individual care to each of these dogs in a peaceful, tranquil setting while they wait for their forever homes. 

Rescue dogs are not Broken

There is often a misconception that all rescue dogs are going to be damaged in some way, but that’s simply not true. There are plenty of wonderful dogs at Dogtown SA, who through no fault of their own have found themselves homeless and are just hoping for a second chance at a new life in a loving home.

Robs Retreat – Rehabilitation Area

 Sometimes however there are sadly a few dogs that have had a rough time and are struggling. These special need dogs require professional care. At Dogtown we have a dedicated rehabilitation area where our full time qualified trainers and behaviorists work tirelessly each day, improving the lives of these misunderstood dogs. 
We are often their last glimmer of hope to become well-adjusted dogs who can live full and happy lives.

Retirement Village

We are currently busy creating our retirement village to provide a safe and loving environment for the more mature residents who often require special medical care and are sadly dumped at animal shelters when they become too much trouble.

You can help us Save More Lives

Every year thousands of precious dogs lose their homes and their lives. With your help we can SAVE more lives and provide the best care for the abandoned and abused, while we search for loving families that will give them their happy ever after. 
We aim to offer lifelong commitment to the dogs that come into our care and a lifetime of support to their new families.

With the quality of daily enrichment and training by internationally qualified staff. The dogs at Dogtown receive the best care while they patiently wait for their loving home. Dogtown is the only true rehabilitation centre in South Africa with a team of 10 full time certified trainers and behaviourists seeing to the dogs every needs.

The majority of the dogs in our care are happy go lucky dogs who just need YOU!

To donate  and help us SAVE MORE LIVES, please click here.


DogtownSA is based in Hennops River, just outside Hartbeespoort Dam.

Please contact us for our full address.

We are open to the public everyday (weekends included) between 09:00 – 12:30 and again from 13:30 – 15:00.
Please contact info@dogtownsa.org to arrange your visit.

Contact the DogtownSA team:

General – info@dogtownsa.org
Adoptions – adopt@dogtownsa.org
Volunteer – volunteer@dogtownsa.org
Merchandise – shop@dogtownsa.org
Advertising and fundraising – pat@dogtownsa.org


For those helpless dogs and people who need it every minute.

Some of our great People

Marketing Director
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Senior Caregiver


After volunteering at Dogtown for 9 years, I decided to leave the corporate world and pursue my passion for animals full time. I love being able to make a difference in our dogs’ lives and use my TTouch skills to help them. It’s wonderful arriving at work to be greeted by happy faces and wagging tails every day and seeing some of our special dogs go to loving homes.

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My strategic, and engineering background, may seem light-years from my current role, however, budget uncertainty, is the only real difference. Every life saved, and forever home found for these most loyal, sentient beings, makes no challenge too much.

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Rehab Caregiver


I like working at Dogtown with the other team members. I enjoy being able to watch the skills and training they use and try myself with the dogs. Sometimes I work with dogs that extra help, I like being able to ask others for advice and learning from the other team members. I love working with dogs and doing training. Training helps me focus on them and get them to focus on me. The dogs take away my stress and help me learn more. 

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