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Phone 021 700 4158/9 or email

You are our 'eyes and ears'

suffering Please contact us if you know of any animal that is being neglected or treated badly. By reporting cruelty, you help to free them from suffering.

We will act - but we can only do so if we know about it. We depend on people like you to be our ‘eyes and ears’ in your community.

You can remain anonymous when you call – you don’t have to give your name if you’re afraid – but even if you do, the SPCA will NOT let anyone know who you are.

Contact our inspectorates on our control number: 021 700 4158/4159, or in emergencies call 083 326 1604.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA responds to cruelty complaints within the Greater Cape Town metropole. To report animal abuse or neglect outside of this area please visit to find details of your nearest SPCA.

neglected horse

What happens when you report cruelty?

Our Inspectorate aims to respond to reports of cruelty within 24 hours.

The Inspector determines the severity of the situation. A warning may be issued – to compel the owner to make changes – or the Inspector may remove the animal. If a warning is issued, the Inspector will make a follow-up visit to check on the animal’s welfare.

In cases of outright abuse or wilful neglect, the SPCA will seize the animal and instigate criminal charges against the person responsible. In such cases the confiscated animal must be cared for until the case is finalised – unless the SPCA’s vet recommends euthanasia, to prevent further suffering.

Wherever possible we try to convince the owner to surrender the animal to the SPCA, so that they can be placed in new homes – and not have to wait for the outcome of a court case.

rescued dog

What are the laws relating to animals?

The welfare of animals is protected by law, under the Animals Protection Act.

This legislation, as well as the Performing Animals Protection Act, is most often referred to by the SPCA.

Convicted under the Animals Protection Act, offenders must live with a criminal record – and can face a large fine and even a few years imprisonment. The sentence is one year imprisonment for cruelty, two years imprisonment for animal fights with or without the option of a fine determined by the courts, which depends on the level of the court. A District Court has the authority of up to R20 000 but a Regional Court has the authority of up to R300 000. The magistrate can also impose a ban on pet ownership and order the offender to complete community service.

Apart from reporting cruelty, you can also help us prosecute those responsible by donating towards the costs.

Speak for animals
that can't speak for themselves

What is cruelty?
  • Chaining up dogs
  • Not giving animals water to drink, proper food to eat, or shelter from the weather
  • Leaving an animal to suffer if it’s sick, hurt or has a disease like mange
  • Dog fighting
  • Cock fighting
  • Shooting pellets at animals and birds
  • Abandoning pets, horses or farm animals for a long time without someone to care for them
  • Poor transportation of farm animals
  • Lack of adequate care and stabling of horses
  • Hitting or kicking an animal
  • Using firecrackers near animals
  • Overloading carthorses or donkeys
  • Keeping animals in dirty conditions

If any of these things happen in your area, please report it to the SPCA. Remember to give us the house number and street name when you phone. We will help!

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