Cats and humans have a long history. It appears they were playing an important role in our lives at least as far back as the early Egyptians, and perhaps further.
The issue of feral cats is an important one when discussing the welfare of felines. One of the main causes of the feral cat problem is people who do not desex their cat. RSPCA NSW advocates that all cats be desexed at around eight weeks, as they can become pregnant as early as four months of age.
We also encourage cats to be kept in an enclosed area, at a minimum from dusk until dawn. Keeping your cat contained can help to protect your cat from disease and injury through fighting and accidents, increase the opportunity for owner-animal interaction and reduce the impact of hunting by cats and disturbance caused to neighbours.
What RSPCA NSW is doing
Through the generosity of donors, RSPCA NSW has been able to implement numerous programs and initiatives to help rehome and rehabilitate our feline friends. These include:
- veterinarians on hand to give advice to pet owners, and devise rehabilitation programs for animals in our care
- our Pets Of Older Persons program that assists the elderly in the community to care for their pets
- an intergrated foster care network of volunteers that plays a vital part in giving cats that would not normally be able to be immediately rehomed a wonderful start to life
- our Community Animal Welfare Scheme, which offers discount desexing and microchipping in disadvantaged communities
- Cat Legacy House which allows orphaned cats to live out their days in comfort with access to environmental enrichment activities to enhance wellbeing
How does spending a couple of hours a week playing with kittens and stroking cats sound? Volunteers with us, and you could be doing just that. Our volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA NSW team and play an active role in helping to socialise animals and simply provide a bit of company for them. READ MORE
RSPCA NSW has 10 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 RSPCA shelters. The RSPCA works within NSW communities to educate the need for responsible pet ownership in the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals.
RSPCA Care Centres
RSPCA Care Centres are shelter outreach facilities that includes an adoption centre and outpatient veterinary consult room. Their main aims are to rehome more animals in a welfare-friendly environment and educate the community about responsible pet ownership.
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!
How can you help
Animals Adopt Help
The best reason to adopt your new pet from the RSPCA is not only will you be giving a new home to an animal that really needs you, but through your support, you'll be helping the RSPCA to assist many more animals that might not have a chance otherwise.
Adoptapet helps you decide on the type of pet that is best for you, and allows you to view some of the wonderful animals available at RSPCA Care Centres and shelters across NSW.
Looking to adopt a pet? There are dogs, cats and other pets available for rehoming at your local RSPCA shelter. SEARCH NOW.
Animals how you can help
Learn how to take care of your pet, with information on diet, health considerations, sickness, training and more.
RSPCA has joined forces with Bendigo Bank and Visa 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.