The Tshwane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tshwane SPCA) was founded in 1910 and operates in terms of the SPCA Act of 1993 that governs all SPCAs in South Africa. Tshwane SPCA performs its functions in accordance with the operations manual and ethical guidelines established by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), which ensures adherence to this Act.
As an animal welfare organisation, the Tshwane SPCA acknowledges all animals as sentient beings and strive to prevent cruelty and exploitation of all animals. This is achieved by proactively promoting animal welfare and enforcing animal protection legislation, and prosecuting offenders.
To this end the Tshwane SPCA will endeavour to maintain a high profile within the community through visibility and interaction, by deploying competent personnel who project enthusiasm and commitment, supported by education and community outreach programmes, while rendering a service that is professional, efficient and accessible to all Tshwane’s residents.
The Tshwane SPCA cares for cats and dogs, farm animals, wildlife and working animals, as well as for animals used for sport, research, entertainment, exhibitions and consumption.
The organisation does this through:
- Preventing cruelty to animals and confiscating abused or neglected animals;
- Enforcing laws that protect animal rights through our inspectorate;
- Providing caring treatment and comfortable shelter for neglected and abandoned animals that are admitted to our Animal Care Centre;
- Providing veterinary care to the animals of poor communities;
- Promoting the humane and compassionate care of animals through education and awareness programmes;
- Finding loving and caring homes for animals through its adoption service;
- Reuniting lost animals with their owners through its lost-and-found service;
- Sterilisation campaigns to reduce the overpopulation of animals; and
- Disaster relief to save animals affected by natural disasters, motor accidents and so forth.
The SPCA has the mandate to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) in enforcing the Animals Protection Act of 1962, the Performing Animals Protection Act of 1935, and other legislation related to the protection of animals. The inspectorate works closely with the police and courts in the prosecution of those who abuse or neglect animals.
The organisation also works closely with Community Policing Forums, the SAPS Child Protection Unit, the State Veterinary Services, the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort, the City of Tshwane Department of Health and Social Development, and various government departments.
Tshwane SPCA promotes the caring and humane treatment of all animals so that they enjoy the five freedoms:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst – by ready access to fresh water and food to maintain full health and vigour;
- Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area;
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease – by prevention, rapid diagnosis and treatment;
- Freedom to express normal behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind; and
- Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment that prevent mental suffering.
The Tshwane SPCA has dedicated and hard-working staff and volunteers who work long hours – often under difficult and dangerous circumstances – to serve the animals of the Tshwane community. Without its devoted staff it would not be able to make such a positive difference in the lives of thousands of animals in need. The organisation appreciates their dedication and the compassion they show to the animals in our care.
As a Section 21 company, the Tshwane SPCA is governed by a board of directors. The board is accountable to the members of the SPCA and has to give effect to good corporate governance and financial control. The Board consists of volunteers from the greater Tshwane community who are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, which is open to the public. The board meets monthly, and its members contribute their expertise in various fields, such as finance, operations, labour relations, human resources and business management.
The Tshwane SPCA is affiliated to the NSPCA of South Africa, and to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of England and Wales. The organisation works closely with other SPCAs and animal welfare organisations in South Africa, and has links with international animal welfare organisations.
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