Inspectorate Department

Animal Cruelty Must Stop. No Animal Should Suffer.

The men and women in the SPCA Inspectorate are on the frontline in our fight against animal cruelty. Every day they face challenging, intimidating and often threatening situations where animals are at risk. In order for them to adequately handle these encounters and ensure that those responsible for animal abuse are held accountable, they must be skilled and trained to rescue animals in distress, issue warnings, seize animals in appalling conditions and instigate legal action against abusive and neglectful owners.

By working closely with the Mayoral Committee of Cape Town, our Inspectorate advises individuals and organisations on Municipal Animal By-Laws, geared to offer increased protection for the rights of animals.

The Inspectorate ensures that every animal has the right to the following freedoms:

  1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
  2. Freedom from Discomfort
  3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

In addition to speaking to hundreds of animal owners on responsible animal care during their daily work, their initiatives included: combating cruelty (including dog fighting and illegal street selling of pets);  pro-actively inspecting any facilities where animals are used, housed, farmed or processed. Increasing the number of proactive outreaches in communities and Increasing Inspectorate visibility in informal settlements around Cape Town.

The SPCA is the only organisation that offers a 24-hour Inspectorate service. Contact our Inspectorate by calling us on 021 700 4158/59, or 083 326 1604 (after hours)