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Animal welfare

Owning a pet is a big responsibility that includes caring for their physical needs (food and shelter), showing them affection and protecting them.

Animal welfare organisations play an important role in society. They make sure that vulnerable and high-risk animals are treated humanely. They also offer their services at a fee that’s in line with your income.

Their work is mainly to:

  • Prevent animal abuse and cruelty.
  • Promote animal care.
  • Offer veterinary services at their welfare hospitals.
  • Offer education on responsible pet ownership.
  • They take care of injured, abandoned, feral (wild, undomesticated, untamed) cats and dogs.
  • They offer safe adoptions of domesticated animals.
  • Make sure that farm animals and wildlife aren't mistreated.
  • Visit disadvantaged areas with mobile clinics.
  • Some animal welfare organisations help with the prosecution of animal cruelty cases.

Most of these organisations are non-profit organisations and depend on donations to keep their doors open. You can donate money, cat and dog food, pet blankets and support their fundraising events. Contact your nearest animal welfare organisation to confirm what donations they are most in need of or to volunteer.

Animal abuse and cruelty

Maiming

According to the Animals Protection Act declawing of cats and the tail docking (surgically removing parts of or the entire tail of dogs for non-medical reasons) are illegal and a criminal offence. The SA Veterinary Council is opposed to surgically changing the shape of a dog’s ears (ear cropping). These procedures are painful even if it’s done professionally.  

Dogfighting

Dog fighting is a very cruel and violent ‘sport’ and mostly forms part of criminal activities. The National Council of SPCAs offers a reward up to R15 000 for any information about dog fighting that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

It’s a crime to:

  • Own, train or breed animals for fighting.
  • Buy, sell or import these animals.
  • Encourage animals to fight each other.
  • Allow these dog fights to happen on property that you own, live in or oversee.
  • Promote animal fighting for money or entertainment.
  • Watch a dog fight or being on a property where this takes place.

If you're found guilty of dogfighting, you can be fined up to R300 000 or be sentenced up to 15 years imprisonment. You’ll have a criminal record and will not be allowed ownership of animals if convicted.

Dog in car

Dogs in hot cars

Never leave a dog alone in a car. If there isn’t proper ventilation, then the car can become extremely hot. Even if your car windows are opened slightly it will not cool your car enough for your dog.

If you see a dog that’s distressed in a locked car, you can follow the advice of the NSPCA:

Take down the car make, colour and registration number and have the owner paged at the closest building to alert him/her to the animal’s distress.

Contact your local SPCA (see below) or SA Police Services immediately.

Don’t leave the scene until the situation is resolved.

Fireworks

Cats and dogs can hear higher frequencies than humans and sounds are much louder for them than the human ear. Fireworks are distressing to animals. Check with your municipality where the designated fireworks sites are. If there are illegal fireworks in your neighbourhood, you can follow the advice of the NSPCA to help your pets deal with it:

  • Make sure all animals have identification.
  • If possible, stay home with them if you suspect fireworks fiends are about.
  • If you can't be home with them, keep them inside and preferably in a room such as a kitchen where the windows are higher (and more difficult to jump through)
  • Attempt to mask any noise by drawing curtains and playing calming music at a reasonable volume.
  • Put familiar and comforting things around them such as toys, baskets etc.
  • Provide them with something to do such as giving your dog a chew bone or lots of catnip or a catnip toy for felines.
  • If your pets react badly to fireworks, then seek professional advice from your veterinarian.
  • Ensure your pets have a hearty and nutritious meal around nightfall. This will make them more likely to be sleepy!

Buying pets on the street

Don’t buy puppies or kittens from people walking around with them, trying to sell the animals. Your intention is good as you don’t want them to end up hurt or in the wrong hands. This, unfortunately, creates a market for people, that don't have the animal’s best interest at heart, to sell them. This practice escalated to where these pets are hurt/mutilated to make for an easy sell. Report people that are guilty of these acts to the Police or animal welfare organisations.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) 

 

SPCA Karoo: Beaufort West

Meentgronde, c/o Grimbeeck & Jooste Street, Beaufort West, Western Cape 6970

Cell: 072 847 7312


 

SPCA Cape of Good Hope: Grassy Park

1st Ave & First Road, Grassy Park, Cape Town, 8000

Tel: 021 700 4140

After hours emergency:

Cell: 083 326 1604

SPCA: Franschhoek

La Provence Street, Groendal

Tel: 021 876 4808

Emergencies:

Cell: 083 745 5344

SPCA: George

Ossie Urban Road, Tamsui Industrial Area, George

(near the N2)

Tel 044 878 1990

Clinic 071 658 735 (# 210)

Emergency (after-hours):

Cell: 082 378 7384

SPCA: Mossel Bay

Bill Jeffrey Ave, Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay

(near the Garden Route Casino)

Tel 044 693 0824 / Cell 082 252 0351

Clinic 071 658 4832

Emergency after-hours 072 287 1761

SPCA: Paarl

Ben Barnard Estate (Suider-Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa 7620

Tel:  021 863 2720

Fax: 021 863 2720

Emergency number:

Cell: 082 510 6387

SPCA: Swartland

R 315 - Yzerfontein Road (next to the cemetery)

Darling

After hours emergency:

Cell: 082 414 7153

Kennels:

Tel: 022 492 2781

SPCA: West Coast

Portion 30, Plaas Eeenzaamheid no.135 (next to the dumpsite)

 

R45 Main Road Vredenburg (direction Vredenburg)

 

Vredenburg

After hours emergency:

Cell: 082 414 7153

Kennels

Tel: 022 289 0998

SPCA: Swellendam

51 Bontebok St, Railton

Tel: 028 514 2083

Emergencies:

Cell: 084 737 1948

SPCA: Wellington

Interpace Road, Wellington, Western Cape 7654

 

Tel: 021 864 3726

SPCA: Winelands

  • Robertson
  • McGregor
  • Bonnievale
  • Ashton
  • Montagu
  • Surrounding districts

 

Tel: 023 615 2241

After hours emergency:

Cell: 071 0257805 

 

Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL)

 

Epping

90 Bofors Circle (corner Carrier Way) EPPING 2

Tel: 021 534 6426/7

Fax: 086 550 0979/021 534 5625

Bellville

1 Bureau Street, Bellville South

Tel: 021 951 3010

Tel: 021 951 5289

Bredasdorp

Fabrieks Road, Bredasdorp, 7280

Inspectorate:

Cell: 082 898 0787

 

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) 
 

Hospital

Tarentaal Road

Bridgetown

Cape Town

Tel: 021 638 5134

Fax: 086 541 1319

Athlone Clinic

Aden Road

Athlone

Tel: 021 696 7268

Mitchells Plain Clinic

Bamboo Street

Lentegeur

Mitchell’s Plain

Tel: 021 371 2440

George Hospital and Administration

Pienaar Street

Conville

George

Tel: 044 875 8300

Fax: 044 875 8686

 

The content on this page was last updated on 4 April 2019