A Hog's Life Rescue Farm

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Project Details

We are a pro-life Animal Rescue Farm located in the magic Amatola mountains, focusing on rescue & rehabilitation of animals in need and believe in the power of education.

Nkonkobe Animal Care is a Non Profit Organisation founded in 2010. "A Hog’s Life" is Nkonkobe's partner pproject and was started in 2018 to help more animals and give animals a safe shelter during their rehabilitation phase. Our Animal Rescue Farm is located in the heart of the Amatola Mountain range - Hogsback.

We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, neglected and abandoned animals from the surrounding towns and villages & give many of them safe haven on our farm. We provide quality care for our animals and believe in educating the local community to help make a lasting impact. We are dedicated to helping our community, especially those that can’t afford to look after their animals on their own. We are actively involved in controlling cat and dog over-population and the danger of rabies in the area by arranging “spay campaigns”.

We are currently setting up an education program with local schools to teach children more about their furry friends to help change their way of thinking and acting towards animals. Ultimately, we believe that education is the key to making a lasting change! School classes come and visit our farm, meet our animals and learn how to treat them right. 

Our journey first brought us to the magical little town of Hogsback back in 2015 for a trail running adventure known as "The Hobbit 100km". We immediately fell in love with the landscape... the rolling green hills, indigenous forests, magical waterfalls and breathtaking views from the many mountain peaks. It's said that mystical forests described in J.R.R.Tolkien's famous trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" was influenced by the Hogsback landscape as his son was part of the Royal Air Force in the region and sent Tolkien detailed sketches and descriptions of the Hogsback forests.

Hogsback filled our hearts like no other, but at the same time left us deeply saddened as we encountered many stray animals in horrible condition and learned about the neglect and abuse that is happening in the surrounding towns & villages.

In 2018 we were able to fulfil our dream and purchased a beautiful farm in Hogsback.  In December 2018 we "moved to the mountain" (what locals like to say) and made it our new home. We partnered with Nkonkobe Animal Care in Fort Beaufort to make an even bigger impact. Since arriving we've rescued 3 chickens, 4 pigs, 5 cats and 30 dogs. Together with Nkonkobe Animal Care we look after more than 100 dogs and 50 cats. We hope to grow these numbers a lot in the future and help as many animals as possible.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Anke Hamers
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Nkonkobe Animal Care started its work more than 13 years ago and looked after 1000's of dogs and cats since then, arranged many spay campaigns and became the spot for the poor community to ask for help, when animals get sick or are in danger.

Before there was no money to build a shelter, since opening "A Hog's Life" we were able to create a beautiful, loving and safe environment for animals to rehabilitate and recover and at the same time a magical place for people from all over the world to come and stay and volunteer. 

With every school class visiting our farm, we see how children learn compassion for animals and build a real bond with dogs and cats - the same animals who they were afraid of when they entered our gates. Educating the children of the Xhosa villages will help educating their families at the same time and create a more loving and caring home for hundreds of mistreated animals. 

Dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and many other animals are living in horrible conditions, get abused and mistreated, roam the streets and surrounding forests. We are dedicated to make a huge change and have a lasting impact on the people living in this beautiful part of the world! 

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