Companion Animals and Pets


Below you will find the NSPCA's guidelines on owning and taking correct care of Companion Animals and Pets


ADOPTING A COMPANION ANIMAL - SPCA's don't give animals away, here's how you can adopt one

ANIMAL HOARDING - Click here to find out what animal hoarding is

ANIMALS AS GIFTS - Click here to read why the NSPCA opposes this

ANIMALS IN SHOPS - Click here to find out how to deal with this unusual situation

CATS AND GARDEN BIRDS - Find out how they get along here

CHILDREN AND ANIMALS - How do they get along? Find out here

CHOOSING A DOG - Click here for help on finding a suitable dog for your family

DE-CLAWING IS CRUEL! - Click here to find out why

DOG FIGHTING IS A CRIME - Click here for more information on dog fighting in South Africa

DOGS IN HOT CARS - Click here to read about the dangers of leaving your friend in the car

EAR CROPPING - Read more on ear cropping here

EXOTIC PETS - Read here for more info or Click Here for care sheets

FIREWORKS AND ANIMALS - Read more on the dangers of fireworks here

FIREWORKS - Click here to read more on the use and sale of fireworks

HOLIDAY CARE for your pets - See more here

LOST AND FOUND PETS - Read more on networking lost and found pets here

PELLET GUNS - Click here to get clarity on the use of pellet guns

PETS IN COMPLEXES - Read more on this complicated issue here

REPTILES AS PETS - Click here for more information on reptiles as pets

STERILIZING YOUR PETS - Click here to read all about the advantages

TAIL DOCKING is illegal - Read more on tail docking here

TICKS AND FLEAS - Learn more about ticks and fleas here

TRAVEL TIPS - Read more on traveling with your companion here

Companion Animals and Pets


When a member of the public starts arguing that a particular dog or cat came in as an already sterilised animal and that therefore a discount ought to be applicable on the adoption fee, warning bells start to ring. Haggling over a few Rands does not bode well in general terms. But a caring person with a heart for animals would surely appreciate that the few Rands difference would be well spent by the SPCA on the next pet to be sterilised, cared for or rescued.

If prices charged by back-yard breeders who sell animals through pet shops, at markets or through classified advertisements are considered, it becomes clear what good value is offered by SPCAs and what potential costs can and undoubtedly will be incurred when purchasing from other sources.


The frequently asked question, which follows, needs to be further addressed. "If SPCAs are so concerned about finding homes for animals instead of putting them down, why do you seem to discourage adoptions, not least because you charge so much?”

The officially adopted Statement of Policy of the SPCA movement is to: "discourage the keeping of domestic animals by those who do not have the facilities, time, financial means or level of interest necessary to ensure a satisfactory standard of care and husbandry for their pets.”

An inability to pay the adoption fee may be indicative of being unable to pay for quality food, veterinary fees or the general facilities required for the adequate keeping of an animal. It is a necessity for an SPCA to carry out a pre-home check before a dog is permitted to go to a new home. This is not red tape but an essential procedure to ensure that the home is adequately gated or fenced – and to check out the future facilities for the animal. SPCAs are very careful about the homes their animals go to. Criteria for adoption are stringent but they are in the interest of the animal.


Far too often, people come to an SPCA thinking that they can obtain a pet for nothing or virtually nothing, take home at once and use it to guard the property whilst they go on leave – the next day! It doesn't work like that. SPCAs put the welfare of the animal first. This means that no dog will be "homed” for safeguarding purposes and no security company, the SAPS, SANDF or Correctional Services may take an SPCA dog.

Issues taken into consideration before an animal can be adopted include any other animals on the property, any chaining or unreasonable confinement of animals on the property, the ages of any children plus the new owner's ability and willingness to give the animal the time and attention it will require. This ensures that no SPCA-adopted animal is victim to "We thought it would be OK but the dog killed the kitten last night,” or similar instances and incidents.


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Updated: 18 April 2017

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