Animal Welfare MattersMost Western Australians are worried that not enough is being done about animal welfare. If you’re one of them, please let Government know that we need more help. We need another $5 million a year over the next four years. That’s around $2 per person per year in this State. $2 is a small price to pay... Our business is booming. We wish it wasn't. The RSPCA is one of the best-known and respected community services in Western Australia. We know that’s because of the critically important work we do to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals. And while it’s gratifying to have the respect and affection of the community – and to be in such overwhelming demand – we wish it wasn’t so. We wish we there wasn’t such a need for animals to be rescued from cruelty, abuse, starvation and neglect. We’d be happy if our shelters weren’t overrun with abandoned pets and social media wasn’t overrun with gut-wrenching photos of frightened animals in pain; where “don’t gift animals” wasn’t a campaign every Christmas. We’d rest easier if inhumane farming practices for chickens, cows, sheep and pigs were a thing of the past. We’d sleep better at night if Australia’s native birds and animals weren’t being wiped from the face of the planet.1 But that isn’t the case. Our business is booming. In 2019-20, we answered 15,000 cruelty calls a year, investigated almost 7,000 incidents, cared for 2,000 rescued and abandoned animals, rehomed over 1,000 animals, delivered education to more than 900 school children, and performed 5,600 vet consultations and 690 sterilisation surgeries. That is on top of our fundraising, training, foster and volunteer programs.2 And it isn’t nearly enough. Our resources are stretched to breaking point and rural and remote communities are underserviced. It is heart-breaking but it means some animals have to go without our help. We urgently need to ramp up action on animal welfare in this State and expand the reach of the RSPCA. 1. Why is Australia a global leader in wildlife extinctions? Sydney Morning Herald, 20 July 2020. 2. RSPCA WA Annual Report 2019-20 What we need Our Six-Step Plan Ways you can help Large-animal Shelter Most Western Australians are worried that not enough is being done about animal welfare. We are immensely grateful for the funds we receive from Government and our generous supporters but it is not enough to do the job the community expects from us. We need the Government to invest an additional $20m over the next four years – just $2 for each of us. We believe it’s a small price to pay for the protection the community expects. $2 is a small price to pay to rehabilitate and rehome large animals. RSPCA WA handles many animal welfare cases involving horses and other large livestock but we don’t have anywhere to house the animals we rescue. Outsourced agistment is expensive and hard to find. It can cost the RSPCA up to $10,000 to board a single horse during its recovery, with the costs of veterinary treatment and care on top of that. We know from past experience that those costs are greatly reduced if we have our own facilities. Our vision is to build and operate a new All Animal Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centre to enable us to care for larger animals in a more efficient and economical way. This would be a multi-purpose centre, offering: educational facilities vocational training for people wanting a career with animals scope to develop new revenue streams to take some pressure off our long-term operating budgets a social enterprise, offering trusted boarding services for cats, dogs and horses, to generate income and reduce reliance on public funding. The project depends on a capital investment of $5m and would be built on land already earmarked for a proposed RSPCA facility in Perth’s southern suburbs. Of course it also then requires additional operational funding each year. How can you help? Tell them you care! If you think another $2 is a small price to pay to help end animal cruelty and abuse in WA, ask your local politician to support the RSPCA plan. Four ways you can help today!