Hoedspruit, South Africa's wildlife haven, is surrounded by impoverished communities that are overlooked when it comes to veterinary services. In 2016 HALO (Hoedspruit AnimaL Outreach) established an outreach program together with the tribal office and a community member. Soon, more communities followed and currently HALO reaches out to four communities surrounding Hoedspruit; Lepelle, Tswenyane, The Willows and LeBoeng (California), all impoverished communities where owners struggle to provide adequate care for their animals.
All communities are visited once a month by a group of volunteers who offer free medical care and education to owners. Following the outreach program, sick or injured animals are taken to our holding facility for further treatment or sterilisation. In 2020 the new HALO holding facility was opened. A beautiful holding facility that can take 40 dogs for additional medical treatment or sterilisations.
By vaccinating domestic animals in these communities we also help in preserving wildlife populations of lion, wild dog, hyena and leopard that are present in the reserves around the rural communities.
Our HALO holding facility is run by two local young people from the Sigagule community: Foster and Winnie.