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RSPCA NSW and stray animals

RSPCA NSW and stray animals

Despite popular belief, most of our shelters are not meant to act as an impounding service. Our ten shelters across the state are meant to provide comfortable accommodation and the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals.


Each year, tens of thousands of animals arrive at RSPCA NSW shelters.  It is important to remember that RSPCA NSW is a charity and in order to keep our doors open and continue to care for the thousands of animals call RSPCA NSW home each year, we rely on the support of people like you

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The RSPCA works within communities to promote responsible pet ownership with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals. We accept animals who are:

  • handed in as an injured stray
  • seized by an RSPCA inspector under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
  • surrendered by an owner

Most RPSCA NSW shelters do not have the means to accept stray and uninjured animals. If you find a stray or uninjured animal, please refer to your local pound. It is the lawful duty of your local council to take care of strays, while RSPCA NSW focuses on the core aims of improving animal welfare and investigating cases of animal cruelty.

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RSPCA NSW does have an open door policy which means we will always accept an animal if there is nowhere else to turn. Whether or not they are healthy, sick, ferel or have other challenges, they can always find help at RSPCA NSW.

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CLEAR THE SHELTERS TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  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.
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