Research has now proven that dogs actually make us physically and mentally healthier. They keep us company when we’re sick or feeling down. They can make us feel safe while we’re home alone, help us to get outside for regular exercise, and can help introduce us to people in the community.

But for an animal often referred to as ‘man’s best friend’, dogs are the animals that come through our doors most often, and are the subject of the majority of the cruelty complaints we receive.

While there are many reasons why we end up caring for many thousands of dogs each year, there are a few big issues to tackle: puppy factories, dogs being left in hot cars and other issues caused by a lack of understanding by some owners about their dog’s needs.

339 breeds

dogs in NSW

11,702 reported cases each year

4,789 live on the streets

What RSPCA NSW is doing

We use a comprehensive range of resources to help give dogs a second chance at finding a forever home, or to improve the situation in their existing home. These include:

  • veterinarians on hand to give advice to pet owners, and devise rehabilitation programs for animals in our care
  • a rehabilitation program at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre which gives animals a second chance while providing selected minimum security inmates with training and vocational skills in animal handling
  • the Indigenous Community Dog Health Program which aims to improve the health and safety of Aboriginal children and families through the implementation of an integrated companion animal health program in rural Aboriginal communities in NSW
  • our education team who visit community groups to educate people about how to care for dogs, including our Chain Exchange program
  • our Community Animal Welfare Scheme, which offers discount desexing and microchipping in disadvantaged communities

Dog Rehabilitation Program

One of our rehabilitation programs for dogs involves placing them with selected minimum security inmates at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre. In this peaceful environment away from the shelter, the dogs receive a high level of attention and follow a training program until they are assessed as ready to be rehomed. 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 with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals.

RSPCA Care Centres

RSPCA Care Centres are shelter outreach facilities that include 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

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

Adopt a pet

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.

Pet Matchmaker

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.

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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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