What We Do
FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation NPC operates legally under the permits issued by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) to rehabilitate and release indigenous reptiles, mammals and birds. We are endorsed by the National Council of SPCA’s (NSPCA) as an approved facility and have good working relationships with these authorities. In recent times we have been regularly inspected by them. In order to practice the responsible rehabilitation of wildlife, our aim is to balance the welfare of our cases with scientific research, following conservation protocols and education.
History of Free Me
FreeMe was established in 1997 by Susan Slotar and a small group of farsighted and enthusiastic volunteers. Their vision was to develop a specialised facility for the rescue and rehabilitation of our indigenous wildlife. With most veterinarians not having facilities to cater for wildlife cases, rescuers are often unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe fills this gap. The public can now bring wildlife to us for specialised care and rehabilitation until they can be released.
FreeMe was originally set up on a Johannesburg City Parks premise, now Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) with the assistance of an Education Officer, Dianne Sheard. FreeMe still operates from this same house situated on the Rietfontein Nature Reserve.
We started with a few discarded bird cages in an office, admitting about 500 cases per year. Now, within a few short years, we admit approximately 10,000 cases annually.
FreeMe is currently governed by a Board of Directors. The Board comprises of independent individuals who volunteer their time, knowledge and experiences to achieve the aims and objectives of FreeMe.
FreeMe operations are managed by a Managing Director with a small team of staff, interns and volunteers.
FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation NPC (Non Profit Company)
FreeMe is a self-funded registered NPC (Non Profit Company) relying on the generosity of the public through donations, bequests, membership, sponsorship and volunteering services.
Since FreeMe is registered as an incorporated company, as required by the Companies Act. FreeMe is governed by MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) which was registered in 2004.
Level 2 BBBEE Status
As of March 2016, FreeMe received its Level 2 BBBEE status. Kindly email us at; firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a copy of our certificate.