What We Do
The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
RSPCA Australia is a Federation of eight independent State and Territory RSPCA bodies called member Societies. RSPCA member Societies do much of the hands on work traditionally associated with the RSPCA such as the operation of shelters and the Inspectorate plus community education and fundraising.
RSPCA Australia is home to a strong science and campaigns team, with a particular focus on farm animal issues. RSPCA Australia is responsible for facilitating national campaigns and events and representing the interests of animal welfare with Government and industry across all areas.
The RSPCA runs national campaigns to raise public awareness about important animal welfare issues and to keep the pressure on the people who have the power to change them.
From paddock to plate - learn how you can shop and eat humanely. Including information about the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and finding RSPCA Approved products in your supermarket. Choosing Wisely when you’re eating out at cafes and restaurants and supporting Good Egg Award winners.
The RSPCA works closely with the farming industry to make a positive impact on the lives of farm production animals by providing an environment that meets their behavioural and physiological needs.
RSPCA shelters are the public face of the RSPCA, rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of stray, neglected, abused and unwanted animals every year. Many RSPCA shelters have veterinary staff who treat and care for rescued animals. Some also take private patients. Please refer to your local RSPCA for more information.
RSPCA inspectors are the people on the front line, working hard to fight animal cruelty and neglect in our community. Every year, the RSPCA investigates over 55,000 complaints of offences against animals.
Be it nationally, state-wide or locally, there's always something happening at your RSPCA.
RSPCA policies are ground firmly in animal welfare science. Opinions and guidance are constantly being sought from RSPCA Australia by governments and decision makers on a whole range of animal welfare issues.
At the RSPCA we love a good news story! And nothing warms our hearts more than hearing tales of the bravery and heroism of both people and animals. The RSPCA recognises these achievements through a national Awards program.
Education is vital if we are to have some hope of improving the treatment of animals in Australia. Community education is an important aspect of the RSPCA's work. The RSPCA recently launched an exciting new educational resource called the World of Animal Welfare. RSPCA Australia also supports the education of people studying animal welfare through Scholarships and Essay Prizes.
The RSPCA is a member of the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA). We support WSPA on global animal welfare issues and international campaigns.