Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions regarding Alberton SPCA and the services that we offer.

What happens when I report a case of abuse?

When we receive information on a case of animal cruelty, a trained inspector visits the scene and investigates the complaint or report. They analyse the situation and then take the appropriate action.

What is “microchipping”?

A pet microchip, also known as a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT Tag) is an identifying electronic chip placed under the skin of a dog, cat, horse, parrot or other animal. The chip, about the size of a large grain of rice, uses Radio Frequency Identification technology. This enables the easy identification of the animal, and instant finding of its details (such as the animal owner and their contact information) through scanning the chip.

What does an Inspector do?

SPCA Inspectors’ main duties include rescuing animals in need, investigating cases of animal cruelty or abuse, and acting on complaints from the public. They also proactively inspect the condition of domestic and other animals, including livestock, wildlife and exotic animals.

What should I do if I see a stray animal?

This currently falls under the Municipal by-laws, but there is no contract in place to collect strays. We appeal to the public if they could bring the animal in to the SPCA – there is someone to receive animals 24/7.