When the SPCA finds lost pets, we hope they can be reunited with their owners as quickly as possible.
Permanent identification that provides a link between the animal and its owners is the primary means of assessing and ownership claim if present.
Where this is not present, the SPCA has an assessment process to try ensure that pets are returned to their rightful owners.
Assessment of ownership claims are based on multiple factors which include but are not limited to:
Often multiple claims for the same animal are lodged and these have to be assessed thoroughly to ensure that the true owner may be identified and unsubstantiated claims eliminated.