Programs & Community Services

Behind every animal issue is a human issue. Sometimes animals suffer simply because their owner does not have the means – either through lack of knowledge or lack of resources – to look after them properly. They may be loved pets, but their owner simply isn’t in a position to give them the care they need.

That’s why RSPCA NSW advocates both human and animal welfare through a number of programs. Many of our community support programs are designed to assist pet owners to cope with crisis and ensure the wellbeing of their animals.

Others help to educate communities about responsible pet ownership and provide subsidised services such as desexing and vaccination. Each program targets a specific demographic and combats a particular social issue.

With only around two per cent of our funding coming from the government, RSPCA depends on the support of the community to continue to make a difference to animal welfare and the prevention of cruelty to animals.

We can help your pets find loving homes after you’ve passed away.

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Because teaching your dog shouldn't hurt. Check chains harm our dogs, causing neck damage, increased anxiety and aggression.

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The Community Animal Welfare Scheme aims to reduce the numbers of animals being euthanased in rural pounds and shelters.

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The Dog Rehabilitation Program is a joint collaboration between RSPCA NSW and Corrective Services NSW. It is based at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre.

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The Indigenous Community Dog Health Program aims to improve the health and safety of indigenous families in rural communities.

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Living Ruff provides community outreach services for homeless pets and their people to help them stay together while they get back on their feet, and to remain healthy and happy.

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Losing a pet can be heartbreaking. That's why we have Pet Reunite, dedicated to helping reunite you with your pet.

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The Pets of Older Persons program provides emergency boarding and temporary foster care for pets of socially isolated elderly people who need to go into hospital.

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Safe Beds for Pets provides temporary housing for pets of women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence.

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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.