Established in 1872, The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country. A registered non-profit organisation (NPO 993 244) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930004317), the society receives no government funding and relies on the support of concerned individuals and corporates to continue operating.
We are affiliated to the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) and are Executive Members of the National Council of SPCAs South Africa (NSPCA). The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is also a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
Our SPCA covers a vast area – around 11 000km2 – and looks out for the interests of domestic, farm, working and traction animals, animals reared for consumption, wildlife, animals used for entertainment and exhibitions, as well as animals used in sport and for research.
We don’t turn any animal away. No matter what the breed, condition, age or reason for animals being brought to the SPCA, we’re here for them, day and night. And we’re on call 24/7 to respond to rescues and emergencies involving animals.
All this takes a lot of hard work; our 104 staff members are assisted by volunteers – at our headquarters in Grassy Park, Cape Town, and in the field. The organisation is run by a Management Team under the guidance of our Board of Directors.
How to adopt
It costs R475 to adopt a cat and R525 for a dog, but you also take home a free bag of Hill’s pet food. When applying to adopt a pet, please note that a deposit of R100 is required, which is included in the total adoption fee. Please use “Adoptions” followed by your initial and surname as the beneficiary reference – and email proof of the deposit to clientliaison(at)spca-ct.co.za or fax to 021 705 2127 for the attention of the SPCA Animal Centre.
If you feel walking through the kennels may be upsetting, you can make an appointment to meet a couple of animals (based on the information you’ve supplied on your adoption form) in the privacy of one of our exercise runs. This will give you time to get to know each animal and help you make your selection.
Please e-mail proof of deposit – using ‘Adoptions’ followed by your initial and surname as the beneficiary reference – to clientliaison(at)spca-ct.co.za or fax to 021 705 2127
You can also do an online application by clicking on one of the two links below.
What happens next?
Once you’ve decided which dog or cat you’d like to adopt, one of our pre-placement officers visit your home.
This ensures that your property’s suitable for the animal concerned. We take into account:
- Other animals in the family.
- Children’s ages
- Level of familiy’s activity (whether the dog will be regularly exercised)
- How long the dog, especially a puppy, will be left alone
- Size of property
Cape of Good Hope SPCA
cnr 1st Avenue and First Road
P O Box 3
Tel. +27 21 700-4140
Fax: +27 21 705-2127
Our Opening Hours:
Animal Centre: 08h00 to 16h00
Animal Centre (weekends): 08h00 to 12h00
Hospital (week days): 08h00 to 17h00 Hospital (weekends): 08h00 to 12h30
Inspectorate: 08h30 to 17h00
Inspectorate (after hrs): 083 326 1604
Horse Care Unit: 08h30 to 17h00
Communication and Resource Development: 08h30 to 17h00
Administration: 08h30 to 17h00
Second-hand Bookshop: Every Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 2pm
Emergency After Hours Numbers:
non owned animal emergencies: 083 326 1604
owned animal emergencies: 021 700 4145/4164
Please contact your local veterinarian for emergency treatment for your animals after hours.
Fax +27 21 705-2127 or 0866 743 356