When someone mentions pets, most people think dog or cat, and maybe a bird. But pocket pets are gradually staking their claim in pet circles because they are ideal for people in smaller dwellings, perhaps without a yard, and are in some ways less demanding than larger pets.
However, just because they are small does not mean they are any less deserving of respect and care. Rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets,
rats and hamsters, while regarded as pests by many people, still suffer from inhumane and careless treatment by humans.
For example, rabbits are the fourth most farmed animal in the world, and are often kept in appalling conditions. Some traps for rabbits and rats cause unnecessary suffering. And many people simply aren’t aware of the right conditions in which to keep these animals as pets.
What RSPCA NSW is doing
When you adopt a pocket pet from the RSPCA, we ensure you understand everything about your new companion: housing, feeding, socialisation and general care. We take just as much time to tell you about a pocket pet as we would any other kind of animal.
For smaller animals in the wild, our inspectors work with farmers and government departments to ensure humane methods are used to control these introduced species when they pose a threat to our environment.
RSPCA Care Centres
Pocket pets are very popular at our RSPCA Care Centres at Tuggerah and Rouse Hill. These shelter outreach facilities include an adoption centre and our RSPCA Care Centre Rouse Hill also has an outpatient veterinary consult room. Our care centres exist to rehome more animals in a welfare-friendly environment and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. 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 you can 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 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.