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.
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:
Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
Freedom from Discomfort
Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
Freedom from Fear and Distress
In addition to speaking to hundreds of animal owners on responsible animal care during their daily work, their initiatives includes: combating cruelty (including dog fighting and illegal street selling of pets); Increasing the number of proactive outreaches in communities and Increasing Inspectorate visibility in informal settlements.
The SPCA is the only organisation that offers a 24-hour Inspectorate service. Contact our Inspectorate at the Franschhoek SPCA by calling us on 083 745 5344.
In the Franschhoek valley countless puppies and kittens are born every year with no homes to go to. They are often abandoned, dumped at the side of the road and left to fend for themselves. That is one reason why our focus on sterilisation is so crucial. A sterilisation operation is quick and straightforward. This year we plan to carry out over 500 of them. In so doing, we will save thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born into a world of suffering.
At the Franschhoek SPCA we see sterilisation of both cats and dogs as one of the most important aspects of the work we do. We attempt to raise funds and hold mass sterilisations 2-3 times a year within our municipal area, and these mass sterilisations take place both at our clinic and local community halls, wherever the need is the most. We also do regular monthly ad hoc sterilisations when the situation is more urgent.
LOST AND FOUND
If you've lost your beloved pet, don't give up your search! Animals that have been lost for weeks and even months have been reunited with their owners.
An important service of the Franschhoek SPCA is to provide a “Lost & Found” service to the public. This is achieved in the following ways:
Take detailed reports on lost and/or found animals from members of the public. This can be given telephonically or by visiting our clinic in Groendal.
Collect lost animals reported by members of the public or local veterinary clinics.
Check for identification by checking for a microchip or consulting our lost reports.
If you are within the Franschhoek SPCA’s area and have lost or found a dog or cat please contact us on 083 745 5344. We try our utmost to help members of the public find their lost pets. However, the final responsibility and onus is on the owner to find their pet and we cannot be held responsible if animals are not re-claimed.
As always, the utmost effort is made to find the owners of lost animals, and if this is not possible we try to find the animals new, loving homes.
Although we are not a boarding kennel, we do have animals who are lost or without families, who are put up for adoption. Of course, all adoptions follow our strict NSPCA guidelines.
If lost pets are not claimed from the Franschhoek SPCA within 5 days, the animal becomes the property of the Franschhoek SPCA and can then be put up for adoption. A statutory municipal fee is charged (which includes the pound fee, boarding per night and any food or veterinary costs incurred) when an animal is claimed. Should you claim your missing pet after the 5-day period - if the animal has not been adopted - the animal will need to go through the adoption process including a pre-home check and sterilisation as it will have become the property of the Franschhoek SPCA.
For more information and to report a lost or found animal please contact our office on reception on 021 876 4808 or 083 745 5344 during office hours or email email@example.com.
Please do not report lost and found animals on our Facebook Page as this page is not managed on a 24-hour basis and we cannot guarantee we will be able to respond out of business hours.
INHOUSE & FIELD CLINICS
Our inhouse clinics are held at our clinic in La Provence Street, Groendal, on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6 pm. Animal owners can then bring their animals for medical checkups and receive advice from our SPCA team. We sell subsidised dog and cat food during these times. At the clinic we also provide annual rabies shots.
Visits are made fortnightly at specific times to various areas within our municipality to monitor animals and attend to any problems the animals may have. We plan to start making our subsidised dog and cat food available in these areas.
At both inhouse and field clinics, during the appropriate seasons, animals are dipped and dewormed.