Matlosana SPCA is governed by The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) as per the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act No 169 of 1993. The NSPCA considers that the welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and that good animal welfare implies both fitness and a sense of well-being. The NSPCA believe that an animal’s welfare should be considered in terms of five freedoms which form a logical and comprehensive framework for analysis of welfare: -
Freedom from hunger and thirst – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from pain, injury or disease – by prevention, by rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to express normal behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.