The JSPCA Inspectorate operates 24 hours a day, rescuing stray, abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. Our highly trained inspectors are authorised to operate under the Animal Protection Act (Act 71 of 1962) and the Performing Animals Protection Act (Act 24 of 1935) and, in the last year alone, attended to over 5 500 welfare-related investigations.

The authority vested in our inspectors allows them to investigate the conditions under which any animals are being kept, and to ensure that these are in accordance with the law. If not, they are empowered to confiscate the animals and prosecute the owners.

Cruelty to animals can take many forms, and can include chaining the animal in such a way that it causes distress and suffering. It can also include providing insufficient food, water and shelter or allowing animals to be used in such illegal activities as dog fighting. Owners are also responsible for ensuring that animals in their care receive proper veterinary treatment and, if they don’t, this may be regarded as a form of animal cruelty.

The public is encouraged to contact the JSPCA Inspectorate if they believe the physical and/or emotional wellbeing of an animal is being compromised, and our inspectors will gladly investigate the situation. The names of people making reports of this nature are kept strictly confidential, and are retained solely for the purposes of providing feedback on the complaint.

Every report is thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken. In clear cases of abuse and cruelty, the animals are immediately confiscated and the owners prosecuted. In cases of neglect, owners may be issued with a warning and an instruction to correct the problem immediately. If this is not done, they too can face criminal charges.

If an animal is confiscated, it is immediately taken to the JSPCA’s Veterinary Hospital for a full medical examination. In some cases, animals may need to be euthanized to prevent further suffering. This is done humanely and causes the animal no pain or distress.

Inspectors are, of course, acutely aware of the lack of resources in certain areas, and often work with communities to improve living conditions for animals in their care. These activities include erecting running lines for dogs or constructing kennels made of metal sheets to protect them from the weather.


Feral Cats

A feral cat is a cat that lives independently of humans and which, in some cases, may appear to be ‘wild’. Feral cats often run away or hiss when approached as they are not used to human interaction. Anyone who encounters a feral cat is advised not to try and catch or pick up the animal, as it may bite or scratch.

In order to establish closed and controllable feral cat colonies, feral cats may be trapped, sterilised and released back into the area from which they came. As cats are very territorial, this prevents additional cats from moving into the area. The JSPCA does not supply feral cat traps or run a feral cat sterilisation programme but may be able to refer members of the public on to other organisations that can assist with feral cats.

It is important to know that unvaccinated feral cats are often carriers of extremely infectious diseases such as FIV and a respiratory disease known as snuffles. These can spread rapidly throughout feral colonies, and may be transferred to domestic animals that come into contact with individuals from affected colonies.

Feral cats are also likely to have intestinal worms and parasites such as ticks, lice and ear mites, so should only be handled by someone is experienced in dealing with them.


For more information on our inspectorate department or to report cruelty please contact us on 011 681 3600 or Email  Please do not report emergencies via email rather contact us telephonically.