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 these shelters.

Staff members assess all animals to ensure they are medically sound and that there are no other issues. Animals requiring extra attention are referred to our veterinarians.

Animals deemed suitable for adoption are advertised on

The temperament and wellbeing of all animals available through the RSPCA has been assessed to determine the animal’s suitability for adoption, and identify their unique re-homing requirements. This enables staff to match animals with potential adopters.

All adoption animals have undergone a comprehensive veterinary check, been desexed, microchipped, treated for internal and external parasites (such as worms and fleas), and had their initial vaccination. Dogs are also heartworm-tested and treated.

The RSPCA works within NSW communities to promote responsible pet ownership, with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals.

RSPCA Care Centres

For more than 140 years, the RSPCA has been protecting and caring for animals through its shelters. But we know that as soon as we build a shelter, it will be full to capacity with animals that deserve a second chance at finding a good home.

Shelters aren't always the most customer-friendly environments. Many people avoid going to shelters because they find it too emotional. Instead, they go to pet shops or breeders. There is also a perception that if an animal is at a shelter, there is something wrong with the animal.

The RSPCA Care Centres at both Tuggerah and Rouse Hill are shelter outreach facilities that include an adoption centre. Their main aims are to rehome more animals in a welfare-friendly environment and educate the community about responsible pet ownership.

RSPCA Care Centre Rouse Hill also includes an outpatient veterinary consult room, which provides the following services: ear and eye check, vaccinations, microchipping, advice on any issues or concerns, health checks and a desexing service.

Veterinary Services

RSPCA NSW operates four veterinary hospitals that are committed to upholding high standards of animal and human welfare. The hospitals provide medical services to shelter animals, injured strays brought in by the ambulance or members of the public and pets of private clients.

RSPCA hospitals also treat animals seized by inspectors and provide medical evidence for the prosecution of cruelty cases.

It is a common misconception that RSPCA provides veterinary treatment for free or at a heavy discount – as a charity we simply can’t afford to discount our services. Despite only receiving a very small amount of funding from the government, and relying heavily on veterinary hospital and consult room income to keep the shelter running, we do everything in our power to assist people in desperate circumstances.

The human-animal bond is unique, special and therapeutic. RSPCA NSW veterinary hospitals have a dedicated team of veterinary staff who understand how important a pet is to its owner, and will do everything they can to keep both pet and owner smiling.


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!

We accept volunteers who are over the age of 16 years, although some branches only accept volunteers over the age of 18. As this requirement

may vary between branches, please check with your local RSPCA branch regarding age requirements.

The RSPCA has 28 branches in regional areas in NSW. If you would like to volunteer at your local RSPCA Volunteer Branch, please click on the volunteer branch location near you for contact details.

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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