While Australian society has seen many changes in recent years, the value Australians place on their relationships with their pets remains constant. Pets are part of the family in 63 per cent of Australian households, providing benefits to their owners and the communities they are part of.

For more than 140 years, RSPCA NSW has offered sanctuary to animals in need, provided veterinary care to the sick and injured, and investigated cruelty complaints. In that time hundreds of thousands of animals, and their owners, have benefited from our commitment to the prevention of animal cruelty.

At RSPCA NSW, we are too often reminded of the brutality and injustice perpetrated against animals. Our shelter staff and inspectors are the frontline defence against animal cruelty.

Every year, RSPCA NSW staff and volunteers go above and beyond to care for animals in need. From mice to ferrets, to cats and dogs, from horses and cattle, to emus and kookaburras, RSPCA NSW will always be there. Because we care for all creatures great and small.

Over 20,000 dogs come into our shelters each year. Find out what RSPCA NSW does to help dogs and how you can get involved.

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Cats and humans have been together for a long time, but as a community, we still struggle with two main issues: desexing and containment.

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Their size may be small, but their capacity for love is huge. Find out what RSPCA NSW does to help pocket pets and how you can get involved.

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Reptiles can make wonderful pets, but the illegal trade of our native wildlife can compromise their welfare. Find out what RSPCA NSW does to help reptiles and how you can get involved.

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Birds provide enjoyment and companionship to many people. We therefore have a duty of care so birds can live a fulfilled life that is free from stress and disease.

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RSPCA NSW works with the farming industry’s peak bodies to ensure animal welfare throughout the entire farming process.

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How you can help

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

RSPCA has joined forces with Bendigo Bank and Mastercard to create an exciting range of credit cards that offer Australians a way to help animals in need.

Each year, over 40,000 animals turn to RSPCA NSW for help. Every donation from you is vital in rescuing and caring for them.

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  1. The initiative runs in New South Wales only from 24 February to 26 February 2017 inclusive.
  2. The initiative applies to all animals available for adoption at RSPCA NSW shelters, Care Centres and participating Petbarn Adoption Centres only. The initiative does not extend to RSPCA NSW animals offered for adoption through RSPCA Volunteer branches.
  3. Animals adopted during the initiative are subject to availability. Should all available animals be rehomed prior to the end of the initiative, the offer will no longer be honoured. No rainchecks are available.
  4. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  5. RSPCA NSW retains the right to refuse an adoption if it does not comply with standard operational processes.
  6. A maximum of two adoption animals may be adopted by any household.
  7. No animal will be placed on hold for any period. Adoption must be by personal attendance at one of the abovementioned facilities.
  8. Photographic personal identification must be presented at the time of adoption.
  9. A suitable carry cage must be used to transport birds, felines and small animals, including pocket pets, from the premises and during the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate carrier, you can purchase a carrier at the time of adopting your companion. Cardboard carriers are available to purchase for $10 from RSPCA shelters and Care Centres while stocks last.
  10. Suitable leads and harnesses must be used to transport canines from the premises. Canines must be appropriately restrained within the vehicle for the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate lead and harness, suitable equipment is available for purchase at the time of adoption while stocks last.
  11. Suitable transport for livestock and horses must be considered prior to adoption, and animals must be collected on the day of adoption.
  12. We understand that sometimes, despite your and RSPCA NSW’s best endeavours, your new pet doesn’t settle into your lifestyle. For this reason, you can return any animal to a RSPCA NSW shelter within 21 days from the time of collection to receive a replacement authorisation in accordance with our replacement policy, or a refund of the adoption fee paid. Please note: merchandise purchased cannot be returned as part of the replacement of an animal. Should a product be faulty, you can return that product, in its original condition, to the facility you purchased the merchandise from within seven (7) days and RSPCA NSW will replace that item.