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Woodrock Animal Rescue


Woodrock Animal Rescue is a non - profit, pro - life, rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing facility in Gauteng, South Africa.  Our motto is ACTA NON VERBA – Action not Words.  

We provide assistance to unfortunate, homeless, abused, neglected, stray, injured, ill, geriatric and unwanted animals (predominantly canines) that would otherwise have miserable lives and premature deaths. Woodrock Animal Rescue is a registered Non – Profit Organisation (NPO 103-156) and Public Benefits Organisation. We are funded through community support. Our important work on behalf of animals is reliant on the generosity of our donors.

We are one of the oldest independent domestic animal rescue centres in South Africa.  Woodrock Animal Rescue was founded in 1992 by Nicholas and Estelle (Stella) Meldau, whose focus, passion and drive afforded their animal rescue vision to become a reality.  We are based on 8.5 hectares in the beautiful Hennops River Valley, 25 minutes north from Fourways Johannesburg on the R511 Hartbeespoort Road. 

We have over 130 animals (mostly dogs) who are looking for homes.  We are open every day including Saturday and Sundays. ( We would love you to come and visit us and possibly adopt these special animals! We consult with you offering advice on the dogs and pairing and matching your home with the most suitable pet that fits into your home. 

We are involved with the local community and strive to educate the local people and the public, especially children, on the importance of pet sterilization and responsible pet ownership.

We need your help! Most unwanted or stray dogs and cats that arrive at Woodrock are unsterilized. They are not inoculated or dewormed. In most cases they have fleas. Woodrock has to attend to these needs (this excludes sterilization and any other medical needs), costing us a minimum of R500 rand an intake! Kindly support our cause!

A CLINIC at Woodrock will change the lives of many rescue animals going forward. Do you know that when any of our rescue dogs need medical care or a sterilization we have to drive an hour and a half round trip to get them to a vet? Expensive and tough for the dogs who have just had or need treatment. Please donate to help make Woodrock’s dream come true - every little bit helps.

To read more about our clinic dream visit


We are the voice for the voiceless.

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Donor Messages

Tamryn da Silva
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
Animal Kingdom Atterbury
Good Luck
Let us be the difference.
Good Luck Cuz #Respect
Maree Jagga
Every dog deserves love! Keep up the amazing work & support Woodrockers.
Louisa Bruwer
Thank you for caring.Wish you well with this incredible race!
I Will always help my four legged friends.
Noreen Potgieter
A runner who runs for our dogs - respect!
With love to all the Woodrockers xxx

Activity feed

Nico donated USD $ 15 to Woodrock Animal Rescue via Climbing for Woodrock
24 Jun 2019 USD 15
Stella Meldau has created a new project Climbing for Woodrock
24 Jun 2019
12 Jun 2019 R 144
30 May 2019 R 206
24 May 2019 R 154