Edith Cowan, founding member RSPCA WAThe Society was an initiative of Miss Best, a teacher from the St George's School in Perth, who was joined by Mrs Ethel Burt, Mrs Edith Cowan (pictured right), Mrs Madeline Onslow and Miss Wigglesworth to form its first committee. His Excellency the Governor, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, became Patron of the RSPCA in 1893. To this day, the State's Governors give their patronage to the Society.

RSPCA WA continues to uphold the original objectives set out by its first committee, to:

  • Prevent cruelty to animals by enforcing the existing law
  • Establish further legislation to protect animals
  • Educate the public in responsible animal care.