The RSPCA in your community

The RSPCA in your community

Behind every animal’s story is a human one.

Sometimes, animals suffer because their owners don’t know the best way to care for them, or they’re not in the position to provide it. That’s why RSPCA NSW has programs to improve both human and animal welfare. Our community support programs are made to help pet owners in times of need, and ensure their animals have a healthy life.

Many people believe that correction collars (also known as check chains or choker chains) are good for training dogs, but it’s actually a negative form of reinforcement. It uses pain, fear and discomfort to make dogs change their behaviour. The Chain Exchange allows you to exchange a chain collar for a free flat collar! You can do this at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter, RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah, RPSCA Care Centre Rouse Hill and with the RSPCA NSW Education Team at events. Find out more here.


It’s a little known fact that one of our treatment options places dogs into a specially-designed rehabilitation program! In the minimum security facility of the John Morony Correctional Complex, dogs receive one-on-one interaction with selected inmates. The inmates follow a special training program to help prepare dogs for adoption. They can also learn pet industry skills, helping them find employment after release. Find out more here.

It’s common for victims of domestic violence to be lured back home or prevented from leaving because the perpetrator threatens to harm the victim’s pet. With the Safe Beds for Pets program, families can leave domestic violence situations and make sure their pets are safe. It provides temporary pet housing, giving victim’s peace of mind, and time to find safety and make the arrangements they need. Find out more here.


We understand that pets are part of the family, and provisions should be made for them after you’ve passed away. Our Home Ever After program is a free service that takes care of your pet if anything happens to you. We will pick up your pet and do everything we can to find them a new, loving home. Find out more here.


For many homeless people, their pet is the most important thing in their lives. Living Ruff is a community outreach service that aims to keep homeless people and their pets together, while also helping them live healthy and happy lives. This includes distributing pet food, providing emergency pet boarding and veterinary services. We also attend events to give advice on animal health and welfare, distribute flea and worm treatments, and raise awareness of other available services. Find out more here.

Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) is a special program that provides support to elderly pet owners during times of crisis. It’s for people aged 65 years and over, or for palliative care patients of any age with no one able to help care for their pets. The program provides temporary foster accommodation and emergency boarding if the owner needs medical treatment, respite or other assistance. We also help with veterinary treatment, pet grooming, and visit homes to help with basic pet care. Find out more here.

The Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) tackles companion animal overpopulation and the need for increased public awareness of animal welfare issues. The program educates people about responsible pet ownership and how to treat animals humanely. CAWS provides subsidised desexing, vaccination and microchipping programs for remote areas, aiming to bring down the number of animals euthanased in rural pounds and shelters. Find out more here.


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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.