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Woodrock Animal Rescue

We are a leading non-profit, pro-life, rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing organisation in South Africa.

Woodrock Animal Rescue was founded in 1992 by Nicholas and Stella (Estelle) Meldau, whose focus, passion and drive made their animal rescue vision become a reality. The rescue centre originated in the Johannesburg suburban areas of Woodmead and Khyber Rock, hence the name Woodrock. 

Woodrock Animal Rescue is now based on 8.5 hectares in the beautiful Hennops River Valley, South-West of Pretoria.

Our Motto
ACTA NON VERBA
Action not Words”.

Woodrock Animal Rescue assists homeless, abused, neglected, stray, injured, ill, geriatric and unwanted animals that would otherwise have miserable lives and premature deaths – animals who have no voice of their own!

Woodrock Animal Rescue is one of the oldest, independent, non-profit, pro-life domestic animal rescue centres in South Africa.

Our Ethos is Education and Sterilisation.

Meet Our Staff

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Estelle Meldau

Co-founder

Estelle Meldau

Estelle, or Stella as she likes to be known, runs Woodrock Animal Rescue like clockwork. With a sharp eye for detail and the driving force behind operations, Estelle and her team make Woodrock Animal Rescue the premier Shelter it is today.
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Nicholas Meldau

Co-founder

Nicholas Meldau

Nicholas takes Rescue to new heights! Time and distance mean nothing to him when an animal is in need. With 35 years of experience, working quietly behind the scenes, his mission knows no bounds.
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Fiona

Kennel Manager

Fiona

Fiona has been in Rescue since 1996 when she started rescuing dogs from Zimbabwe. It took her six years to get 6000 dogs to safety in South Africa. Her passion is enormous! "Sadly, animals have no rights and no say in most countries", she says, which is why she will never stop pushing for our furry friends.
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Aggie

Hygiene Specialist

Aggie

Aggie loves working with animals and understands the need to keep her areas of responsibility clean to prevent the spread of diseases that can quickly spread at shelters.
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Chanti

Manager - African Experience Pet Hotel

Chanti

Chanti has helped her Mom Fiona in rescue since she was a teenager. "I'm an outdoor girl, and I love working with animals. I really enjoy working with the awesome Woodrock team, ensuring our animals are loved, cared for and spoiled."
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Cheryl

Adoptions Manager

Cheryl

"Since I was little, I've always had a passion for animals. I've been involved in different animal rescue centres for more than 30 years. I'm extremely blessed to do what I do. Seeing previously abused animals happily homed makes it all worthwhile."
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Colette

Clinic and Welfare Co-ordinator

Colette

Colette is responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of all Woodrock's animals, focusing on physical health. "I coordinate all of their medical needs. I have been working in animal welfare and rescue for 10 years, having grown up in a home 8 Rottweilers, a Fox Terrier and four cats. Nothing gives me more pleasure and pride than seeing an animal flourish!"
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David

Caregiver

David

David is part of the team that ensures all shelter dogs are given enough exercise, play-time and attention. He feels that he makes a real difference to their lives, and we agree with that!
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Ellen

Caregiver

Ellen

Ellen loves helping animals. She is part of the team that makes sure every dog gets enough exercise, play-time and attention.
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Frans

Caregiver

Frans

Frans reckons that animals are good for the soul. We definitely agree! Frans is part of the team that makes sure the dogs get enough exercise, play-time and attention.
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Grace

Caregiver

Grace

Grace loves working together to help the animals. Grace is part of the team that ensures all the dogs get enough exercise, play-time and attention.
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Jayme

Graphic Designer / Photographer

Jayme

"I love my job because everyone shares the same vision and dedication to the mission. My job allows me to positively impact animals' lives and make a difference every day. Whoever said, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine goes down", has never worked with animals!"
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Job

Caregiver

Job

Job loves spending his days surrounded by animals and is part of the team that ensures the dogs get enough exercise, play-time and attention.
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Juliana

Adoptions

Juliana

Juliana has always been passionate about animals. I absolutely love what I do and find it very rewarding to rehabilitate and re-home a problem fur child successfully. I am currently in the process of studying dog behaviour to assist the animals in our care further. I have been in rescue for two-and-a-half years.
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Lomby

Clinic Assistant

Lomby

Lomby's knowledge about how to spot illnesses in animals and make them well again underpins his calling to help animals because they can't help themselves.
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Madala

Caregiver

Madala

"Dogs make me happy!" says Madala, so he's part of the team that makes the dogs happy in return. Madala is part of the team that makes sure the dogs get enough exercise, play-time and attention.
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Noel

Caregiver Assistant Manager

Noel

Noel's idea of a dream job is to spend all day with animals. Noel is responsible for ensuring that each dog gets enough exercise, play-time and attention.

Richard

Adoptions Assistant

Richard

Richard helps make sure that the adoptions department runs smoothly. "Working with animals frees you from office life!", is his credo.
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Rory

Stationery and Tuckshop Manager

Rory

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Talia

Adoptions

Talia

"It is so rewarding to see homeless doggies finally land in homes where they are truly loved. This is the reason I do what I do. I am welcomed every morning by over a hundred happy faces, wagging tails and grateful eyes... it’s impossible not to get lost in it all! I wouldn’t change what I do for the world!"
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Tiegan

Manager - Pet Hotel

Tiegan

"I love my job because I get to work with animals and amazing people every day. It’s so fulfilling working for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of countless animals and to be able to play a small part in that organization is awesome!"
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Victor

Driver

Victor

Victor is our competent driver. What does he love about his job? "I get to do something different every day", he says enthusiastically.

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