In 2008 a group of people from across the whole spectrum of the pet care industry got together to discuss how to increase the level of socially responsible pet ownership (RPO) in South Africa and so the South African Companion Animal Council was born.
It is the only industry-wide non-profit organisation that has, as its core function, the promotion of socially Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO).The South African Companion Animal Council's members believe in the positive experience of owning a pet and that anyone who is able and willing to responsibly care for a pet should be given the opportunity to experience the many benefits that having a companion animal can bring to human beings.
A socially responsible pet owner is so much more than someone who merely owns or even cares for an animal. Responsible pet owners act pro-actively to ensure that their pets are happy and healthy, are a pleasure to their owners and to others and do not inconvenience those that live around them.
The S.A.C.A.C. has made a list of the basic requirements of RPO, that is, The Ten Points of Responsible Pet Ownership. We believe if these simple steps are applied by all pet owners or those thinking about getting a pet, that the well-being of companion animals and the people of South Africa will be improved.
Awareness and Education are the key to increasing levels of RPO in South Africa and the South African Companion Animal Council strives to lead the way in getting the message of RPO and its many benefits out to pet owners and non-pet owners alike.
We also believe that up-to-date knowledge of the state of pet ownership in South Africa is essential if we are to measure the positive impact of RPO on the people and pets of South Africa. Our unique industry-wide partnership allows us to collect accurate information on pet ownership. We aim to use that information to promote the benefits of RPO at every level – from local government to national education, from the general public to the individual pet owner and so improve the well-being of our land's pets and people.
We do understand that not everybody has the desire nor inclination to own a pet or companion animal. It is vital that as socially responsible pet owners we respect those who choose not to own a pet and ensure that our pets are not a cause of nuisance to them.
Currently the council consists of representatives from
and we will continue to consider membership from any national or multi-regional South African association representing companies and individuals who have as their core business, the well-being of companion animals.