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.

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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.

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Barking is a normal and important instinct for dogs. However, when dogs bark excessively, they become a nuisance to their owners and the neighbourhood.

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Handy tips from our in-house dog trainer to help you train your dog using positive reinforcement.

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They keep us company, keep us fit and are a faithful friend for life. So the least we can do for them is to look after their health and well being.

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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 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.

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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.