Owning a pet is not just a privilege – it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at a minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking an animal of any kind into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that companion animal ownership entails. If you already have an animal, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as an owner.

Much of being a responsible pet owner is understanding what your pet needs and also being aware of what your responsibilities are to the community. Commitment, responsibility and love will always be the cornerstones of responsible pet ownership.

Responsible pet owners take the time to learn about each pet's specific needs to ensure they stay happy and healthy, and budget their time and resources for proper pet care and training.

This section provides information such as what you can and can’t feed your pets, their health care and exercise requirements, and answers to many frequently asked questions. You can also sign up to one of our many vocational study courses to help you with your own animal care skill set.

All reptile and frog owners are required, by law, to hold a NSW Reptile Keeper's Licence.

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Birds make excellent companion animals for families that do not have room for a dog or cat.

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For many Australians, a pet is part of the family, and we could not imagine our lives any other way....

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Dogs keep us company, help us stay fit, and these four-legged canines will be our faithful and loving best friends...

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Despite their pocket-sized stature, pocket pets require just as much care and responsibility as their larger-sized animal friends.

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You may be surprised at how many potential pet hazards exist around your home and even in your car.

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Cats have been our companions for centuries, as evidenced by the mummified cats found in the tombs of ancient Egypt....

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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 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.

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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.