Dogs keep us company, help us stay fit, and these four-legged canines will be our faithful and loving best friends for life. So the least we can do for them is to look after their health and wellbeing.
Recent research shows that more than four million dogs are kept by Australians as pets. Often regarded as members of the family, many dogs enjoy a lifestyle which includes stays at luxury pet hotels and regular hydrotherapy sessions, while others are just as happy to run around in the backyard mud with the kids.
Dogs are very social animals and that is why they make such good pets. They are a pack animal, so ideally your pet should have at least one friend. They thrive on plenty of company whether it be the family, another dog or other playmate.
As easy-going as they may be, dogs still require considered feeding, housing, care and socialisation depending on their breed and health. Most are a 15-year commitment and all require a minimum level of training and veterinary care to ensure they enjoy life.
The RSPCA receives thousands of calls from concerned members of the community every year regarding dogs that are permanently tethered or kept in pens in backyards.Learn More >
With summer over, hot, humid weather may be on the decrease, but parvovirus is here to stay. RSPCA hospitals all over the state are seeing cases of this deadly virus every day.Learn More >
Barking is a normal and important instinct for dogs. However, when dogs bark excessively, they become a nuisance to their owners and the neighbourhood.Learn More >
Handy tips from our in-house dog trainer to help you train your dog using positive reinforcement.Learn More >
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 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.