Annual Statistics

Annual Statistics

RSPCA report on animal outcomes from our shelters, care and adoption centres 2014-15

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The RSPCA is Australia’s oldest, largest and most trusted animal welfare organisation. With this privileged position comes great responsibility. This year we received[1] 133,495 animals in our animal shelters and adoption centres across the country.

We are pleased to report that over the past 10 years we have adopted out, reunited with their owners and released into the wild 711,117 animals. This includes adopting/reuniting with owners, 388,636 dogs/puppies and 233,930 cats/kittens.

Adoption and reclaim rates nationally have been increasing over time and significant improvements in the outcomes for cats and dogs (including kittens and puppies) have been achieved. This can be attributed to the introduction of new approaches and programs to increase the number of animals adopted and reunited with their owners. This includes:

  • Extensive promotion of the wonderful animals we have available for adoption through, social media, local events and traditional media.
  • Increasing community awareness and support for adopting animals from shelters and rescue groups through programs such as Happy Endings.
  • Additional proactive and creative adoption initiatives including the Big Love promotion for large dogs, Valentine’s Day promotions, promotions focusing on senior animals and cats including adopting a mum and kitten or two kittens together, adoption centres in shopping precincts and pet retail adoption partners including PetBarn.
  • Working with rescue groups to extend the reach of adoption initiatives.
  • Providing services to reunite lost pets with their owners.
  • Provision of community and shelter-based desexing schemes to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and unwanted animals including initiatives targeting owners of pets experiencing financial hardship.
  • Expansion of foster care networks to cater for greater numbers of animals. Animals cared for in foster homes include pregnant animals, those with young litters, orphaned kittens and puppies, seniors, those with special needs, those recovering from surgery, those needing to build their confidence or requiring behavioural training in a home setting and those that don’t cope well in a shelter environment.
  • Dedicated behavioural trainers that put in place behavioural modification and management plans for animals requiring specialist support and who provide post adoption behavioural classes.
  • Improvements in clinical veterinary care including isolation facilities and processes, in shelter disease management and surgical rehabilitation.
  • Adoption follow up with new owners to ensure pets are settling into their new homes and owners are provided with additional information and referral to appropriate telephone or on-site support services.
  • Community information, awareness raising and education targeting responsible pet ownership and working with local councils, strata committees and landlords to encourage support for pet ownership.
  • Monitoring current research and investment in Australian-based research in order to ensure evidence-based approaches to animal welfare.
  • Passionate staff and volunteers who work tirelessly for the animals in their care.


[1] Received throughout this report refers to all animals in RSPCA facilities during the 2013-2014 financial year.