The Issues

As Australia's pre-eminent animal welfare organisation, the RSPCA provides a strong voice for animals. We work with local councils, state and federal governments and other interested groups including community organisations, wildlife authorities, farmers and professional associations, to ensure the rights of animals are upheld.

Despite our efforts, dogs are being confined to cruel puppy farms to produce puppies for profit, millions of Australian animals are sent overseas to destinations that have no laws to protect them and people still are leaving their dogs in cars on hot days.

That’s why we need your support. One of the most simplest ways is to get behind RSPCA animal welfare campaigns and support our petitions. The more voices we have behind us, the more the government will listen when we present the case on behalf of animals.

No RSPCA community service program receives ongoing government funding. Get involved. Act now. Make a difference.

Will you sign the pledge to never leave your dog in a car?

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Do you know what it's like to be happy as a pig in mud? Believe it or not, the majority of pigs in Australia don't. Help us get pigs out of sow stalls.

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Every year, millions of animals born into Australian care and protection are exported live, only to be killed in countries where there are no protections to safeguard their welfare.

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The RSPCA is opposed to the use of animals for any kind of entertainment, exhibition or performance where injury, pain or suffering is likely to be caused.

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The RSPCA needs your help to close puppy factories in Australia.

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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.