The Animal Welfare Society and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA have noticed an increase in the number of pets being reported as lost or missing with their owners often alleging that their pets have been stolen.
This trend may be due to an increased number of pets owners using social media as a means of alerting the public to their loss and the post then going viral.
In 2012 the City of Cape Town launched a “Pet Finder” website where individuals and organizations could log a pet as lost or found.
This should be any pet owners first point of call when their pet goes missing followed by calls or e mails to their local animal welfare organisations that operate Pounds (such as ourselves) and local veterinary practices most of which offer temporary sanctuary to stray animals.
The law defines animals as property or possessions so anyone whose pet goes missing should also immediately report the matter to the SA Police who are obliged to open up a theft docket.