About Us

About Us


At RSPCA ACT it is all about saving lives. That is what we do. Our strategies, our culture, our actions lead us to one goal, that is to maximise the number of animals we can save.

Imagine a world free of animal neglect. A world free of animal cruelty. A world where all animals have the best chance at finding a home or being returned to the wild where they belong. At RSPCA ACT, we live this dream every day. Every companion animal is given a chance at finding a home. Every native animal is given a chance to be returned to the wild.

Our ability to find homes for companion animals is unparalleled. Nine out of ten dogs go to a home and eight out of ten domestic cats go to a home. We have received international acclaim for our ground breaking work with companion animals.

Our wildlife program is unique to RSPCA. A dedicated team of staff and volunteer carers provide around the clock care for thousands of animals every year.

Next year we anticipate more than 9,000 animals will need our help. We will prepare 300,000 meals for companion animals; 500,000 feeds for native birds and mammals. We will clean 125,000 kennels and cages and we will talk to 150,000 locals about animals care, welfare and cruelty. Our volunteers will walk a staggering 20,000kms exercising dogs. Volunteer wildlife carers will invest some 400,000 hours looking after injured native wildlife.

The challenge is big, the numbers are bigger, but be rest assured, RSPCA stands ready to meet this demanding workload head on. You can be proud in the knowledge that your local RSPCA is well placed, well managed and engages extraordinary people, both paid and voluntary.

We love what we do and we know we make a difference.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers work around the clock so that every domestic animal has a meaningful and stimulating time while at RSPCA so that when they go home they quickly become part of your family.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers also work around the clock so that every wild animal has the best opportunity to be rehabilitated and released back to its native habitat.

Our Services

RSPCA ACT provides the following services:

  • An animal cruelty inspectorate with two full time inspectors who investigate all reports of animal cruelty in the ACT 
  • An animal shelter that cares for over 4,500 domestic animals every year
  • A dedicated rescue rehabilitate and release program for over 3,200 injured or orphaned wild animals 
  • A well equipped veterinary clinic
  • A public dog and puppy training school 
  • Pet supply shop 
  • A dedicated program of support for aged, infirm and at risk community members

As RSPCA only receives very limited funds from the government, the above services are paid for by community donations, corporate sponsorships and events. To become a supporter of RSPCA click here.

Our People

RSPCA ACT has a work force of about 550 people in the ACT, 500 of these people undertake unpaid voluntary work, while the remaining 50 fill permanent and casual paid positions. You can find out more about paid and unpaid work at RSPCA here.

Our Business

RSPCA ACT is an incorporated association in the ACT. This status allows us to have members and hold meetings from time to time with an elected council of nine governing councillors. Council members are elected each year in September at our AGM.

The council is lead by the President. The governing council is responsible for overall governance, strategic direction setting and policy development.

The day to day business of RSPCA ACT is managed by the Chief Executive Officer.

RSPCA ACT is also a tax exempt body, which means all donations over $2 are tax deductible. In addition, RSPCA is exempt from paying income tax.

Five freedoms for animals

  1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from Discomfort - By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease - By prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - By providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind.
  5. Freedom from Fear and Distress - By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.