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.
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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.