SPCA Inspector



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What is an SPCA Inspector? 

SPCA stands for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It is dependent on public funding and donations. No government funding is received. There are 90 SPCA’s around SA. 

The job of an SPCA Inspector is to make sure all animals are treated with kindness. They make sure that no animal is neglected or abused.

SPCA Inspectors are highly trained people who can manage both abused animals and cruel and difficult people.

Their job can be emotionally hard but extremely rewarding at the same time. They need to be emotionally strong and confident.

What does an SPCA Inspector do?

  • inspects circuses, livestock sales yards, farms, pet shops, and private homes etc
  • investigates animal cruelty or abuse
  • rescues animals when needed
  • lays criminal charges against those committing animal abuse or neglect
  • educates members of the public with regard to correct animal care
  • sensitises children to compassion for animals

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about animals?
  • socially and environmentally aware?
  • caring and compassionate?
  • courageous and determined?
  • physically fit and in good health?
  • outgoing and friendly?
  • confident?
  • a person with good communication skills (verbal & written)

How do I become an SPCA Inspector?

  • You must be 18 years old or older
  • Must have a clean criminal record.
  • You should have a Matric or equivalent.
  • You must have a driver’s licence.
  • Must have volunteered/worked at an SPCA for at least 3 months and been nominated by their Society to attend a training course.

See below for recommended training path.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Animal Care Attendant … or … Animal Nutritionist

Is becoming an SPCA Inspector the right career choice for me?