RSPCA Shelter, GympieRSPCA Qld is the oldest and most trusted animal welfare charity in the state; the Society is dedicated to improving the welfare of all animals and has been in operation for over 125 years. RSPCA Qld has an annual operating budget of $22.5 million, with only 2% of this budget coming from the government; the remainder must be raised from donations from the community.
While most Australians respect and support the RSPCA, many don't know the extent of the Society's work. The RSPCA is not only about cats and dogs, but moreover the interdependencies between humans and animals in everyday life. Animals touch most people's lives in some way and for many their animal companion is a crucial lifeline or best mate.
Caring for and protecting native animals...RSPCA Qld is dedicated to ensuring that native animals are protected, by rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife, providing specialised veterinary care, and educating the community on the importance of preserving the State's native species.
Reducing violence within the community...RSPCA Qld recognises the established link between child abuse, domestic violence, and violence and cruelty to animals, and that violence to animals may be a precursor to other forms of violence. RSPCA Qld is the only charity with powers of prosecution under the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001. By teaching young people kindness and respect for all animals, RSPCA Qld believes that violent behaviour can be markedly reduced.
Providing real life skills, training and job opportunities...The RSPCA's volunteer program has helped many people return to work by providing an opportunity to gain new vocational skills, improve their social skills, and reconnect with the working community.
Cutting edge campaigns and research...
Committed to improving the welfare of all animals, RSPCA Qld has a specialised in-house research unit dedicated to investigating animal welfare issues. Thanks to collaboration from RSPCA Qld, the Department of Primary Industries, and the Queensland Government, Queensland now has one of the most progressive pieces of animal legislation in the world; the Animal Care and Protection Act (2001).
In the past 12 months, RSPCA Qld has...
Provided care for 42,555 animals
Taught 60,000 students during Humane Education visits
Found homes for a record breaking 11,854 animals
Provided 2,721 days of emergency accommodation for pets
Answered 238,555 calls from members of the community
Investigated 11,718 reported cases of animal cruelty