Animal Welfare Matters

Most 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

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 sterilise pets to reduce the number of abandoned animals.

Hundreds of thousands of animals are abandoned every year across Australia. Literally dumped.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

We want to trial a new program offering low-cost pet sterilisation to help people on low incomes take better care of their dogs and cats.

Our program would provide free microchipping, life-time Council registration and heavily subsidised sterilisation for pets of WA’s pensioners and concession card holders. It would encourage them to reach out to their local vet when they need.

It will go a long way to addressing serious and preventable issues of neglect and cruelty. Issues like abandoned litters, strays roaming the streets, and pets with serious medical conditions left untreated due to lack of finances.

Laws requiring cats and dogs to be sterilised and registered are crucial for reducing the number of pets that are abandoned. For many pet owners the cost is out of reach.

Shelters and pet rescue organisations all over the State take in animals who have been abandoned, or whose owners can no longer afford to care for them.

We have local governments, veterinary clinics, veterinary science and veterinary nursing students ready and waiting to help. The WA Government has promised $250,000 to initiate the program but it will take a bigger commitment to keep the program going year-on-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