Explore the work RSPCA NSW does to help animals and their owners in the community.

Indigenous Community Animal Health Program

Our Indigenous Community Animal Health Program (ICAHP) aims to improve the health and safety of Aboriginal children and families in remote communities by improving the health and welfare of their companion animals.

We provide veterinary services to communities who might otherwise not be able to access them. We also provide education relating to animal and human health and wellbeing and good pet ownership.

Studies show that improvements in animal health and welfare can directly affect the health and welfare of humans.

Limiting the number of stray dogs also reduces the number of associated problems, such as the spread of disease from faeces, dog bites, excessive noise and stock attacks.

Indigenous Community Animal Health Program FAQs

This depends on funding, but RSPCA NSW has run programs in Bourke, Brewarrina, Collarenebri, Enngonia, Goodooga, Taree, Walgett, Weilmoringle and Wilcannia.

Indigenous Community Animal Health Programs are a collaboration between RSPCA NSW, local aboriginal land councils, municipal councils, local human service agencies and, most importantly, the community.

Yes, in addition to desexing, RSPCA NSW provides veterinary services to communities who might otherwise not be able to access them.

Our Education Team also visits local schools to provide information about animal care and welfare.

RSPCA NSW has run Indigenous Community Animal Health Programs across the state since 2006.