RSPCA NSW has 12 shelters that provide comfortable accommodation and the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals. Each year tens of thousands of animals arrive at these shelters.

Staff members assess all animals to ensure they are medically and behaviourally sound. Animals requiring extra attention are referred to our behavioural team or our vets.

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The behaviour of all animals available through the RSPCA has been assessed to determine the animal’s suitability for adoption, and identify their unique re-homing requirements. This enables staff to match animals with potential adopters.

All adoption animals have undergone a comprehensive vet check, been desexed, microchipped, treated for internal and external parasites (such as worms and fleas), and had their initial vaccination. Dogs are also heartworm tested and treated.

The RSPCA works within NSW communities to promote responsible pet ownership with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals.

Care Centres

For over 140 years, the RSPCA has been protecting and caring for animals through its shelters. But we know that as soon as we build a shelter, it will be full to capacity with animals that deserve a second chance at finding a good home.

Shelters aren't always the most customer friendly environments. Many people avoid going to shelters because they find it too emotional. Instead, they go to pet shops or breeders. There is also a perception that if an animal is at a shelter, there is something wrong with the animal.

The RSPCA Care Centres at both Tuggerah and Rouse Hill are shelter outreach facilities that include an adoption centre. Their main aims are to rehome more animals in a welfare friendly environment and educate the community about responsible pet ownership.

Rouse Hill Care Centres also includes an outpatient veterinary clinic, which provides the following services: ear and eye check, vaccinations, microchipping, behavioural advice, health checks and a desexing service.

Vet Services

RSPCA NSW operates four Veterinary Hospitals that are committed to upholding high standards of animal and human welfare. The hospitals provide medical services to: shelter animals, injured strays brought in by the ambulance or members of the public and pets of private clients.

RSPCA hospitals also treat animals seized by inspectors and provide medical evidence for the prosecution of cruelty cases.

It is a common misconception that RSPCA provides veterinary treatment for free or at a heavy discount – as a charity we simply can’t afford to discount our services. Despite only receiving a very small amount of funding from the government and rely heavily on clinic income to keep the shelter running, we do everything in our power to assist people in desperate circumstances.

The human-animal bond is unique, special and therapeutic. RSPCA NSW Veterinary Hospitals have a dedicated team of veterinary staff who understand how important a pet is to its owner and will do everything they can to keep both pet and owner smiling.


Volunteer branches are the backbone of the RSPCA work in regional NSW. Each branch is run exclusively by volunteers and plays a vital role in foster care and finding permanent homes for animals, desexing programs, support, fundraising initiatives in their local community - and much much more!

We accept volunteers who are over the age of 16 years (some branches accept volunteers over the age of 18 years). As this requirement may vary between

branches, please check with your local RSPCA Branch regarding age requirements.

The RSPCA has 28 branches in regional areas in NSW. If you would like to volunteer at your local RSPCA Volunteer Branch, please click on the Volunteer Branch location near you for contact details.

How You Can Help

How you can help

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