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.
  2. Enquire at reception if the animal is available for adoption.
  3. If it is, fill out a pre-adoption form. We need to know:
    • details about any previous pets owned,
    • your reasons for wanting a pet,
    • whether your property is securely fenced, and
    • if you can 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 will then come and check your property, and offer advice on adopting a pet.
  6. Once your application is approved the animal will be sterilised (if not already done). All animals are de-wormed and vaccinated. Dogs are microchipped in all cases, cats on request.
  7. As soon as your new furbaby is well after being sterilised you will be able to fetch your pet at a pre-arranged time.
  8. The entire process takes roughly a week to 10 days.

The Sandton SPCA also recommends the following 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 urge you to bring them to the shelter for a “meet & greet” with your new adopted pet.
  • As we often have no history on a dog or cat we cannot always be sure how they will react to children. We therefore suggest you bring your kids to meet the animal you have chosen, to make sure they get on with one another.

Click here for Sandton SPCA’s adoption policy.


Things to consider before adopting an animal


  1. Can you afford to feed your pet?
  2. 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.
    Dogs need to be vaccinated against parvo.
    Cats will need to be tested for Feline Leukaemia and FIV.
    If an unexpected medical emergency should come up, can you afford it? If not, what would you do to get the money to pay the vet bills?


  1. Do you have the time to provide your dog with adequate exercise every day?
  2. If you do not have a fenced garden, do you have the willingness and commitment to take your dog for daily walks?
  3. If your cat doesn’t have access to a safe garden then you will need a litter box inside. This needs to be cleaned every day.
  4. What about training? If you bring home a puppy, someone needs to be home with it to housebreak it. A puppy is especially time consuming, and they can be quite destructive.


  1. Does your housing situation allow for pets? Your best bet is to call your landlord before making any final decisions on the animal you want to adopt.
  2. If your dog is to be kept outside for any extended period of time, will you provide it with adequate shelter during bad weather?
  3. If you go on vacation you will need to get someone to pet-sit or you will need to put your pet in a kennel for the duration of your holiday. Can you afford that?

Life Long Responsibility

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

If you have any questions, or there are some 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 considerations above, or perhaps 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 after reading the info above, then 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

Common myths about adopting an animal from a shelter

If the main reason a pet was brought to the shelter was because it was a *bad* pet, there would be thousands of empty shelters across the country.

Animals are brought to shelters for a 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 bring. 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.

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