RSPCA - Animal Welfare
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) is a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.
Across the state, the RSPCA's community services include the work undertaken by our Inspectorate, Animal Shelters, Clinics and Education teams. The RSPCA operates nine animal welfare shelters and two community pet care centres in Victoria, providing refuge and care and where possible, offering more than 28,000 animals each year a second chance.
Our team of RSPCA Inspectors works to protect animals from cruelty, investigates 15,568 estimated reports, prosecutes offenders and rescues animals from dangerous situations. Our Education team contributes to prevention strategies by influencing over 10,000 young people about the value and importance of animals in our lives.
The RSPCA works tirelessly to educate the community regarding animal welfare and to advocate for improved legislation. Legislative improvements to protect animals have been achieved at both state and federal levels, thanks to the continued lobbying of the RSPCA.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the RSPCA relies on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'. Only 3% of the RSPCA's operating expenses is supported by a grant from the Victorian State Government, so we truly are an organisation funded by the generous Victorian community.