Dedicated to improving the lives of all animals across Australia

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) dates back to 1871, when a public meeting to discuss the ill treatment of horses in Victoria led to the formation of Australia’s first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Following the establishment of a Society in Victoria, other states soon followed. They were:

  • New South Wales in 1873;
  • South Australia in 1875;
  • Tasmania in 1878;
  • Queensland in 1883; and
  • Western Australia in 1892.
  • ACT was formed in 1955
  • the Northern Territory in 1965.

We work non-stop to defend the dignity of animals, while fighting to prevent animal cruelty. We are animal protectors, carers and guardians. We bring empathy to the abandoned, surrendered and injured. We offer shelter, education, medical attention and love. We help animals in need find loving forever homes. And we advocate for the humane treatment of all living creatures.

Crucially, we are also the only charity empowered to prosecute animal cruelty and neglect (please note that RSPCA Darwin does not have the right to enforce animal welfare legislation in NT – enforcement is the sole responsibility of the NT Government). Our team of inspectors responded to more than 58,000 reports of animal cruelty last year, investigating complaints against the treatment of animals in a broad range of situations.

Our important animal welfare work is almost entirely funded by community donations. We rely on the goodwill of our loyal supporters to continue being there for animals when they need us most.

Our mission

Prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

Meet some of our team


Gemma is the Direct Fundraising Manager for RSPCA South Australia. 

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Charlotte in an Animal Care Attendant at RSPCA Queensland

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Nicky is Program Manager at RSPCA Western Australia.

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Educating students and cuddling cats? Emily is loving her job at RSPCA Victoria

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Andrea is RSPCA South Australia's Chief Welfare Officer. Andrea's team of Inspectors and Rescue Officers respond to reports of animal cruelty and emergency rescue situations...

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Simon is Legal Counsel at RSPCA South Australia.

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