The RSPCA is Australia's leading and best known animal welfare organisation.
We have strong networks and positive working relationships with government and non-government agencies throughout Australia. We work with local, state and federal governments, other animal welfare and rescue groups, wildlife carers, peak farming bodies and professional associations to raise community awareness about animal welfare issues and to prevent cruelty.
Our work has achieved significant animal welfare improvements, but we know there is much more to do. There are still millions of layer hens living in cages so small they cannot spread their wings, dogs are confined in inhumane conditions on puppy farms, thousands of dogs, cats and other companion animals are abused or neglected and millions of Australian sheep and cattle are exported overseas to countries without animal welfare laws to protect them from cruelty and inhumane slaughter. Some people still leave their dogs in cars on a hot day to suffer or even die an agonising death from heat stroke.
These are just some of the reasons to get involved in RSPCA animal welfare campaigns. The more voices we have speaking up for animal welfare, the more likely it is that decision makers like politicians and governments will listen and make positive changes.
No RSPCA community service program receives ongoing government funding. So, please get involved. Act now. Make a difference.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars
A dog trapped in a hot car is unable to cool down naturally and will quickly suffer heat stress. This can result in death within just six minutes.
DOWNLOAD this flier to learn more about the effects of heat stress on your dog, and what to do if you see a dog in a hot car.
Take the pledge to never leave your dog in a hot car.↑ Back to top
Millions of Australian animals are exported live every year bound for slaughter in other countries.
Many of these animals suffer abuse and inhumane slaughter in
countries where laws do not protect them from cruelty.
Love is Blind
We love our dogs. Unfortunately, some breeds need more than unconditional love. Many breeds of dog have exaggerated physical features, which means they can’t breathe, walk or give birth normally. Many have chronic and painful ear, skin and eye problems. These problems prevent many dogs from having a normal and comfortable life.
RSPCA Australia and the Australian Veterinary Association are calling for a fundamental shift in the way purebred dogs are selected and bred in Australia. These dogs don’t need to suffer, and you can help. Please click here to express your support and help us create a healthier future for these much-loved dogs.↑ Back to top
End the battery cage
In Australia, more than 11 million hens are still confined to battery cages. But the Standards and Guidelines that govern the way poultry are kept are currently under review, so we have a rare opportunity to change this.
Support legislation to end the battery cage: www.endthebatterycage.com.au/
Restaurants and cafes in WA's own Swan Valley region
have recently committed to serving humanely farmed food.
Close Puppy Farms
Across Australia dogs are confined in cruel puppy farms (also knows as a puppy factory or puppy mill) and treated as nothing more than breeding machines, producing puppies for profit.
These facilities operate under conditions that fail to meet
the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs.
Makeover the World
Many people believe that animal testing in cosmetics is a thing of the past, but the sad truth is that an estimated
27,000 animals worldwide still suffer in the name of beauty.
This includes the use of mice, rats and rabbits in tests
which can cause pain and distress.