If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know eachother.
If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear.
What one fears one destroys" - Chief Dan George


The Joey Gracie Mc Connell Animal Foundation is a small animal foundation that was started in December of 2008. The foundation started off as a simple 'Facebook' page for Joey Gracie,  owned by Lynda Mc Connell, to create animal awareness and help people take more of an interest in their animals by putting up photos and sharing stories. We then started to grow...and so the foundation is what it is today.

Our foundation is a foundation that prides itself on trying to change the world one paw at a time. We believe that making even a small difference is always better than making none at all and especially to the animals whose lives we are able to effect in a positive manner. The foundation would like to become a no-kill animal shelter eventually, but in the mean time we are trying to help and make a difference as much as we can by raising funds/donations and doing functions for other animal shelters and causes in South Africa. We mainly focus on Joey Gracie as she represents the animals in the world and she helps to give them a voice.

What is the difference between our foundation and a shelter?

We currently do not have the facilities to house any animals. We run on sponsorships, funding and donations in the form of food, blankets, food bowls, bedding etc. which we distribute to animal shelters in need.

Why Joey?

Joey Gracie is a dog that had a very difficult start in life as she was literally given to Lynda Mc Connell by a desperate car guard. The car guard had been told to hold  four week old Joey, while her owner was in the shop. The owner then came out and refused to take the puppy back shouting and screaming that he’d end her life in more ways than one, and didn’t have time for such things. He proceeded to drop the dog at the car guards feet and leave. Joey Gracie is one of the lucky ones. 


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We consist of main members and some volunteers who we are truly grateful for...of course we can't leave out Joey Gracie our 'boss'.



      Joey Gracie Mc Connell (PTA)                         Lynda Mc Connell (PTA)                        Susan Mc Connell (PTA)


       Giselle Fonseca Du Val (JHB)



        Tracy Mc Connell (CPT)                    Donovan Du Val (JHB)                    Jason Blockley (PTA)


            Kayla Blockley (PTA)                        Nikita Koch (PTA)