Caring about Animals

About us and how you can help

Welcome to the society for the protection and care of animals on Gozo. Gozo SPCA was founded back in 1976 by a few people who were dedicated to improving the welfare of small animals on the island. Initially, we operated as a branch of the SPCA (Malta) but now we are a completely separate organisation. We work closely with all of the animal rescue organisations in Malta but we are the only such organisation on Gozo.  A clinic was set up in the premises that are used today as a busy strays and re-homing centre. The society works closely with the island veterinarian and all the animals are given regular health checks.   In 2003 a Ministry for Gozo employee, Peter Camilleri, was seconded to the Gozo SPCA to be Strays Officer and to help with the day-to-day care of the animals at the Centre.  He comes to the Centre early each morning to clean, feed and exercise the animals. He also attends to most of the outside emergency calls. We have volunteers who give Peter a helping hand most mornings.  This has enabled the society to increase its scope considerably, and it is expanding its role in the care of wildlife, particularly birds, working closely with BirdLife Malta in the treatment and care of injured birds. We always welcome volunteer care helpers at the centre and particularly town dog walkers morning and evening.  If you have some time to spare contact us at Email me! or telephone us on +356 2155 3769. We are now officially enrolled as a voluntary organisation under the Voluntary Organisations Act 2007, and our number is VO/0069.

Help and Donate

SMS Donation

50616116 – € 1.16
50617375 – € 2.33
50618061 – €4.66
50618904 – € 6.99
50619204 – € 11.65

What to do if you find a stray dog – OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ADVICE

Call animal welfare on 1717. If the dog is friendly enough that it comes up to you and you are not afraid of dogs try and hold the dog until the Animal Welfare Ambulance arrives on site to avoid the dog getting injured. If the dog is not coming up to you or you do not feel comfortable touching the dog, ideally follow the dog so that when the ambulance team call you when they are almost on site you can give them the exact location of where the dog is.
Animal Welfare Malta
The law (*) gives you several options:

  1. return to owner if known
  2. deliver dog to the nearest police station
  3. deliver dog to a registered sanctuary, but they are under no legal obligation to take the dog
  4. if you wish to keep the dog, take it to the nearest police station to make a report and to check for a chip. After 7 days you can claim ownership
    LEGAL NOTICE 199 of 2011.


Need an ID tag for your dog or cat? It is now a legal requirement (along with microchipping) for dogs whilst in public, and the law is now being enforced. Gozo SPCA has a range of tags that they will hand engrave for just € 3 each, which includes p&p within the Maltese Islands. We can also send it overseas. The tags come in small, medium, large, and a range of colours (red, silver, gold, blue, pink, purple) and 3 shapes round, bone and heart – all combinations are available other than large pink heart – please email info@spca-gozo.org with any questions or to order. Payment can be by cheque, electronic transfer to our HSBC account, or by Paypal (PayPal is € 3.50 per tag due to higher fees)

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