Finding homes for domestic animals such as dogs and cats is a vital part of what we do. Pre- and post-homing checks are conducted to ensure that an animal who might have already had a hard time in its life, finds its perfectly suited ‘forever’ home.
Lost and found
The SPCA cares for animals that have strayed from home and keeps them safe until their owners come to claim them. Should your pet be missing, please contact your nearest SPC as soon as possible to prevent the stress that your animal will feel being away from its home. Kennel space at all SPCA branches is obviously limited, so be quick about contacting us so we have room for another lost creature.
A large part of the work of the SPCA is educating and assisting local people in understanding their animals’ needs and caring for them in an appropriate way. Of vital importance is the sterilising of domestic animals for their owners so that there are no unwanted litters of kittens and puppies.
When funds allow for it, community Spay Days are held in both urban and rural areas when veterinarians come and sterilise pets for people and offer healthcare such as treatment of wounds, vaccinations etc.
Because available funds are limited, strict qualification criteria have been determined so that only those in need qualify for SPCA veterinary/medical assistance. Those pet owners who are not considered ‘indigent’ should take their animals to their local veterinarian for care. Even indigent people who are assisted by the SPCA are required to offer some small contribution towards their animals’ treatment, and almoning arrangements and payment schemes are available.
The SPCA is empowered by legislation – the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962, the Performing Animals Protection Act 24 of 1935 and the Animal Matters Amendment Act 42 of 1993 – to assist any animal in need. Complaints to every SPCA branch are required to be attended within 24 hours.
In addition to localised cruelty prevention by SPCA branches (such as helping animals being kept in unsuitable conditions and stopping animal abuse), the NSPCA acts on national issues such as the prevention of dog racing, breaking dog-fighting syndicates, the abolition of sow crates in agriculture, and the prevention of the transport by sea of living animals for slaughter in another country.