The RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the voice for the animals of Australia. We defend their dignity and fight to stop cruelty. We offer shelter, education, medical attention and love. We are animal protectors, carers and guardians. We bring solace to the abandoned, surrendered and injured. We prosecute those who would harm them and we fight for the humane treatment of all living things. But our job does not stop at animals. We believe behind every animal is a human being who is in need of guidance, encouragement and help.

We have specially designed programs to assist the community in caring for their animals. We look after the animals of domestic violence victims, the

homeless, the elderly and the socially isolated. We also offer community and schools education programs that are designed to promote empathy and understanding.

We receive less than two per cent of our funding from the government, and rely almost entirely on the goodwill of our loyal supporters and like-minded members of the community.

We believe in animals because they make our lives better and remind us what it is like to live humanely.

Statement on the shelter and care of animals

RSPCA NSW has its origins with the formation in 1824 of the RSPCA in England and Wales (which is not connected to RSPCA Australia). RSPCA NSW was founded in Sydney in 1873. A full history of the RSPCA can be found on the RSPCA National website.

The RSPCA is a non-government organisation, which means that we are a charity that is not largely funded by the government to carry out its work. In fact, the RSPCA receives less than two per cent in regular funding from the NSW Government and zero per cent from the Federal Government. It costs on average $34 million for RSPCA NSW to operate each year. It is through our fundraising efforts and the generosity of the community that we are able to continue to operate.

We work with local councils, state and federal governments and other interested groups, including community organisations, wildlife authorities, farmers and professional associations.

Our mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA NSW has Australia’s biggest squad of law enforcement officers dedicated to policing offences against animals. There are 32 inspectors on the road across NSW: 17 in the Sydney metropolitan area and 15 located in regional areas around the state.

RSPCA NSW has 10 shelters (four with veterinary hospitals) that provide comfort, accommodation and the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals. The RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona is the largest animal shelter in the southern hemisphere, caring for 900 dogs and 200 cats. The Sydney Shelter is also home to a variety of other animals including birds, cattle, chickens, ducks, goats, guinea pigs, horses, mice, pigs, rabbits and sheep.

There are also 28 volunteer branches. These are the backbone of the RSPCA's 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!

The RSPCA will accept any animal offered into its care where it has the facilities, resources and legal capacity to do so.

Animals fit for adoption at our shelters and volunteer branches are advertised on adoptapet.com.au. All animals are temperament-assessed, vaccinated, desexed and wormed before going to their new homes. Dogs and cats are microchipped and dogs are heartworm tested before adoption.

How You Can Help

How you can help

Looking to adopt a pet? Search now for dogs, cats and other pets available for rehoming at your local RSPCA.

RSPCA Pet Insurance is affordable, flexible peace of mind for dog and cat owners all across Australia.

Every donation helps the RSPCA and its volunteers look after animals, whatever the situation.

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