Johannesburg SPCA

Coronavirus COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Worried how COVID-19 will affect your pets? Read down below for more information.

1. Can my pet get COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Organisation for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence at this time that companion animals can spread the COVID-19 virus.

The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians—also states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected. The association does, however, caution that this is a rapidly evolving situation and updates will be provided as they are received. People confirmed to have COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has introduced a good deal of uncertainty into our lives, but being prepared can make a world of difference. Watch this video to hear a veterinarian answer questions about pets and the coronavirus.

2. What can I do for my pets during the pandemic?

3. What can I do to help animals and shelters during this crisis?



During the lockdown, the JSPCA has encountered huge financial strain. Not only did we double up on disinfectant, but we had to stock up the food room to ensure all the animals will have enough food for the 21 days. Our Vet shop has also been affected as the public is not able to come through to purchase any products for their animals. Our Charity shop had to be closed for the duration thus we are not able to generate funds through sales. We rely on the goodwill of our supporters to help us raise enough funds to be able to continue looking after all the animals in our care.

Check with your local shelter or rescue to see how you can support them during this crisis. Your generosity will be gratefully accepted, particularly during this stressful time. Consider donating supplies, both through your local animal shelter and other agencies like human food banks.

For people living in poverty and underserved communities, pet support services are more important than ever during this crisis. Low wage families and people working hourly wage jobs are being hit hard with loss of income and no paid time off from work. Currently, and in the coming months, there will be additional financial struggles and barriers for large numbers of people in accessing resources and affordable care and supplies for pets, and therefore a huge demand on these service agencies. Check in with your local animal shelter and ask how you can become involved in supporting the community.

Other Ways to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue

We also encourage suspension of fees and fines (return-to-owner, licensing, etc.) similar to the way companies and municipalities are suspending late fees and utility turn-offs. With kindness, compassion and flexibility, we can work toward all pets and the people that love them staying together during this crisis.

The sources of information on this page were from the Humane Society of the United States.

4. Can I walk my dog?

Dog walking is not allowed during the #21daylockdown

5. What do I do if my pet(s) gets sick?

Veterinary services are regarded as essential services. Please call your local vet to find out if you can bring your pet in. SPCA vets are also available to assist critically ill and injured animals within SAVC regulations.

6. What should I do if I no longer want to keep my pet?

If you are not able to care for your pet or would like to surrender them into the care of the SPCA for any reason at all please call us on 011 681 3600.

7. What do I do if I find a stray animal in need of help?

Please call us on 083 604 1172 after hours or on 011 681 3600 during office hours.

8. What do I do if my own pet goes missing?

Please contact us on 011 681 3600 or send an email to

9. Does my local SPCA allow fostering?

No, the various SPCAs do not allow for the fostering of animals, the public can rest assured that the animals at the SPCAs are being cared for 24/7.

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