What we do

The Empangeni SPCA was started in Zululand in 1972 and then went on to assist in establishing the Richards Bay SPCA as per our objectives. SPCA stands for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This means any animal, whether it is a dog, cat, bird, reptile, horse, cow, sheep or goat.

Lost animals are admitted to the SPCA and are kept at the kennels for a 7 day period.  This is to allow the legal owner time to claim their pet back. If the dog or cat is not claimed by the owner, they are then put into another unit where the public (subject to an approved, prehome, property check) may be allowed to adopt them. The adoption fees for dogs and cats are different at all SPCA's


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We assist animals that come from indigent areas, who need dipping, de-worming, mange treatment and rabies vaccinations, at our kennels free of charge.

Depending on the situation, we may be able to offer a discounted fee on sterilizations, but you will need to complete a financial assistance form which will be reviewed by our Managing Committee. Please check if the SPCA in your area is able to assist you and in what way.

The Empangeni SPCA does not have a resident vet in attendance. We rely on the services of private vets, and we are held responsible for the account.

The SPCA also checks on animals who are chained up, have no shelter, food or water, or who have been abandoned. The SPCA will prosecute cases of deliberate and intentional cruelty, but will first and foremost try to educate. The Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 protects all animals from deliberate cases of abuse by humans.

Most incidents that we investigate are not found to be deliberate cruelty. Often, all that is needed is to educate the owner on how to treat their animal, and show them ways in which they can improve the animals life. If the dog is chained up, then we need to establish "why?" We will try to find out if it is a temporary situation - eg: a wall or fence is being built. The dog is not permitted to live on a short chain that restricts it's movement and if the person is not willing to improve the living conditions and quality of the dog's life, then the SPCA will uphold the law to protect the animal. The dog may be removed by the SPCA, if the owner is not willing to adhere to warnings, and adhere to recommendations.  All complaints are investigated and we work within the parameters of the law and the SPCA Act 169 of 1993

The SPCA is also responsible for finding new homes for dogs and cats when their owner's are no longer able to care for them. Maybe they have to move to a place where pets are not allowed or maybe to another country. Maybe they have lost a job and can't afford to feed or care for them any longer. Peoples situations often change and they should rather bring their pet to an SPCA instead of abandoning it. Sadly, Yes, some people do leave their animals behind when they move away.

SPCA staff face many sad days. Especially when we have to "put to sleep" an animal that is old or not able to get a new home for various reasons. Often the owners request this themselves and do not want the animal to go to another owner. It is our duty to uphold their request.

Not all animals are able to be rehomed as a number of them have never been socialized and are not people-friendly. They may have attacked/harmed people and/or other animals. There are far too many unwanted animals in this world and the truth is that until people start to realise the importance of sterilizing their pets, euthanaze will continue to be the only form of birth control - We do not need anymore unwanted litters and neither do your dogs and cats.

Please Sterilise them and help us to help them.

All adoptions are subject to a pre-home check. This is to ensure that the animal will be going to a home that is properly secure/enclosed (where it cannot roam the streets) and where it will live with responsible people who will look after it, give it the veterinary treatment it may require if sick\injured, and love and care for it, for the rest of it's life.

Remember: You are not buying a pet!! You are adopting a "free" pet - You are merely paying for the sterilization procedure and the vaccination and de-worming - think about that when you are tempted to argue about "having to pay to give an animal a home".