What should I do if I find a healthy stray dog or cat?


Well first thing first, Take the pet to your nearest veterinary practice or rescue organisation to be scanned for a microchip. If the pet has a microchip in place, it should be possible to reunite them with their owner quickly.

If you have the time and facilities, take a picture of the pet and make some FOUND posters to put up in the area where you found the pet. Phone local veterinary practices and rescue centres and give them information about the pet. Also send a picture with a description to joan@petfinders.co.za , a wonderful network that has been established that sends an email out to all the surrounding police stations, vets and rescues. Alternatively, go to their website and load the information, while also maybe seeing if there isn’t any info on the pet you lost/ found already registered…

If you are unable to keep the pet for a few days or until the owner is traced, below are the rescue organisations that can provide shelter for the animal:

Rescue Centers and Organisations
Wetnose Animal Rescue: 013 932 3941 Cats Nine Lives: 012 460 5059
SPCA Silverton: 012 803 5219 Catpals: 083 327 0365
Puppy Haven: 011 440 2404 Kitten Corner: 074 2151490
SPCA Centurion: 012 662 5644  


If after all you efforts have been in vain to find the owners of the lost pet, google "(the breed of the pet)" rescue Organisation. There is almost a rescue for every registered breed out there. They will assist you in finding a perfect home for the pet.

To prevent your pet of ever becoming a stray, please make sure they are kept in a secure area, that they have a collar with an identity disc (tag) and, very importantly, that they are micro chipped! Read more on micro chipping.

Why do we not kennel stray animals?

Unfortunately we are unable to take in strays for kenneling for an unknown period. Our wards are designed to accommodate hospitalised patients; as a result strays become disruptive for our sick and recovering hospitalised patients. We are unable to adequately isolate these pets and because we don’t know their health status, there is the increased risk of diseases being spread. We will, however, continue to take in sick or injured strays and do our best to stablise them in trauma situations.