Adopt a Pet

We follow a strict procedure when adopting out our animals. A basic outline of the procedure is as follows:

  1. Choose a potential pet. Browse our current adoptions here.
  2. Enquire at reception if the animal is available for adoption.
  3. If it is, fill out a pre-adoption form, requiring details about previous pets owned, reasons for wanting a pet, is your property secure, can you afford veterinary care.
  4. Pay a non-refundable adoption deposit. The current adoption fees are Dogs: R900 ( of which the deposit is R200) Cats: R 750 (of which the deposit is R200)
  5. An inspector comes to check your property and give advice on adopting a pet.
  6. Once your application is approved the animal is sterilized, dogs are microchipped (cats are optional microchipping), dewormed and vaccinated.
  7. As soon as the sterilization is completed the adopter can fetch their new pet at a pre-arranged time.
  8. The process takes roughly around a week (7 days).

The Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA gives the following advice before adopting one of our animals:

  • If you have a male dog already, we prefer you to adopt a female (to avoid dominance fighting)
  • If you have other pets (especially dogs), we welcome you to bring them to the Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA for a “meet & greet” with your new adopted pet.
  • Many times we have no history on a dog/cat, therefore if you have young children bring them to meet the animal to see if the animal is good with children.

Click here for Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA’s adoption policy.

Things to consider before adopting an animal:


  • Can you afford to feed your pet?
  • What about medical care? Cats and dogs both need rabies vaccines and annual distemper shots, and they will need to be checked for parasites regularly, and dogs need to be vaccinated against parvo. Cats will need to be tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV. If an unexpected medical emergency should come up, can you afford to take care it? If not, what would you do to get the money to pay for the medical bills?

Time Investment

  • Do you have the time to provide your pet with adequate exercise every day?
  • If you do not have a fenced garden, do you have the willingness and commitment to take your pet for daily walks?
  • Cats should have their litter boxes cleaned at least every two days.
  • What about training? If you bring home a puppy, someone needs to be home with it to housebreak it. A puppy can be especially time consuming, and puppies can be quite destructive.


  • Does your housing situation allow pets? Your best bet is to call your landlord before making any final decisions on the animal you want to adopt.
  • If your dog is to be kept outside for any extended period of time, will you provide it with adequate shelter during bad weather?

Life-Long Responsibility

  • Are you planning to keep this pet for its entire lifetime?

If there are any questions or points above that you do not feel 100% comfortable with, you may want to wait until your situation has changed so that you are comfortable with all of the issues above, or re-evaluate your choice in pet. For example, if you feel like you might not have the time to devote to training a new puppy, but you feel comfortable with all of the other questions above, you could consider adopting an adult dog, or a cat. If you don’t think you are in a position to adopt having read the information above, consider becoming a volunteer with us. Read more about our volunteer programme here

For more information on animals available for adoption please contact our reception on 011 444 7730/1/2 during office hours or email



Myth: Shelter pets are obviously not good pets, or else their original owners wouldn't have gotten rid of them

If the main reason why a pet gets brought to rescue shelters was because it was a *bad* pet, there would be thousands of empty shelters across the country. Animals are brought to shelters for a large variety of reasons, some of which are…

  • Their owners have passed away
  • An irresponsible owner didn’t get their pets spayed or neutered so they found themselves with a litter of babies that they could not keep or did not want
  • The animal’s owners were abusive to the animal, so the inspectorate have removed the pet from the harmful environment
  • An animal was purchased or adopted by someone who did not take into consideration all of the responsibility that caring for that pet would entail. A good example of this would be someone who adopts a pet in an apartment complex that does not allow animals and then is subsequently forced to get rid of the pet.

Myth: Animals from abusive homes will never be good pets because they have been mistreated for so long

Most animals coming from abusive homes will typically make a full emotional recovery – with proper care and attention. In fact, many of them are so grateful to be rescued from their previous situation, they end up being more devoted and loyal than animals coming from non-abusive homes.

Myth: You never know what you're getting with shelter pets

Although its true that the medical history and temperament of an animal adopted from a rescue shelter are not always able to be tracked down, its no different from an animal you might get from a pet store.

Myth: All animals in rescue shelters are sickly or unhealthy

Once again, it certainly IS possible that a pet adopted from a rescue shelter may have medical problems, however the majority of the animals that are adopted from shelters are perfectly healthy, and just need a good home. If anything, you’re more likely to get an honest answer about an animal’s medical problems from a shelter volunteer – who is clearly there because they care about the animals – as opposed to some pet store owners or breeders that may only be in it for the money. Additionally, animals in shelters are typically treated much better than animals in pet stores, which have often spent their short lives in cramped environments with little socializing and often, unsanitary conditions.