For over 60 years, the NSPCA has been protecting our country’s animals.
We prevent cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate the suffering of animals.
Our objective is to serve and protect ALL animals, to uplift their welfare and to ensure that the protection they have under South African law is upheld and respected.
"Looking back over the years to our humble beginnings in 1955, we stand proud in the knowledge that our progress for animals over the years has been phenomenal. We have grown in numbers, advanced the education and training of Inspectors, honed skills, drawn from experience and become specialists in the welfare of all animals. We have entrenched ourselves as the most influential animal welfare organisation in Southern Africa."
- Marcelle Meredith, Executive Director
Our Mission and VisionOur Mission is to prevent cruelty and promote the welfare of all animals, whilst our Vision is to end animal cruelty In South Africa and engender compassion for all animals.
inspections & complaints
donkeys, domestic & farm animals
How we work
The NSPCA was founded in 1955 as the Federation of SPCAs to provide a forum to bring uniformity to welfare legislation and standards. The SPCAs in South Africa are governed by the SPCA Act 169 of 1993 which is administered by the NSPCA, constituting us as a statutory body. Inspectors are authorised in terms of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 and the Performing Animals Protection Act No. 24 of 1935 with the SPCA movement collectively undertaking over 90% of all animal welfare investigations and prosecutions in South Africa.
The NSPCA operates on a national basis with a team of dedicated Inspectors, who are specialists in their fields. We work tirelessly to protect animals from neglect and abuse and enforce the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 when deliberate cruelty takes place. The lives of tens of thousands of animals are improved because of our passion, our intervention, and our commitment to bring about long-term positive change for farmed animals, wildlife, research animals, domestics and animals used in entertainment and sport.
In a country that spans over a million square kilometres, there are areas where there is no SPCA, no animal welfare organisations and no veterinary services. The NSPCA plays a vital role in bringing extraordinary support to these people and their animals.
It’s a huge task and we could not do it alone. But with you, anything is possible.
Together we are the change for animals.
Statement of Policy
Public Access to Information Act
Please note that this Manual deals with access to information in regard to the activities of the National Council for Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It does not deal with access to any information in regard to SPCAs around the country. Each Society, although registered with the National Council, is independent and autonomous, and is responsible for its own affairs. Accordingly, should you require any information about an SPCA, you should direct your enquiries to it directly. We cannot assist you in this regard.