Animal Welfare Matters $2 is a small price to pay for animalwelfare. Find out how you can help. #animalwelfarematters 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. RSPCA WA needs $5 million a year from the WA Government 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, investigated almost 7000 incidents, cared for 2000 rescued and abandoned animals, rehomed over 1000 animals, delivered education to more than 900 school children, and performed 5600 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. What we need Our Six-step Plan Ways you can help Back to top 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 Ways you can help $2 is a small price to pay for better animal welfare. If you think $2 is a small price for the Government to pay to help end animal cruelty and improve the welfare of thousands of animals in WA, here are 5 things you can do today: Ask your local Members of Parliament to support RSPCA WA's Six-Step Plan for Animal Welfare.Contact your local representatives in the WA Parliament upper and lower houses and tell them that animal welfare is important to you, and that you want them to support additional funding for RSPCA WA.Find your local MP Show your support on socials and ask your friends to get involved.Update your Facebook profile pic with the 'I Support the RSPCA' frame. To do this, go to your profile pic, click on it, and select 'Add a Frame'. Select the Animal Welfare Matters frame and save it. Share your pet rescue story on your social pages.Post a pic and the story of how you rescued an animal in need and tag us @rspcawa and use #AnimalWelfareMatters. Share our posts on social mediaThroughout May and June, we'll be sharing our Six-Step Plan and the impact we have made with our supporters on Facebook and Instagram. When you see these, share them, tag your friends, like our post or leave a comment to show your support. Download this poster to share with your colleagues and friendsMany people don't really understand the extent of the work that RSPCA WA does to help animals in need. They also don't realise that we rely on generous donations and community support for around 90% of our funding. If the RSPCA wasn't here, who would speak up for defenceless animals?Download the poster The RSPCA provides a vital community service to rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, to mend their broken lives, and find them permanent loving homes. The WA Government is supportive but, even our increased funding, to almost $1.2 million a year, won’t stretch far enough. It already costs us almost ten times that much to do the work we do. If you think $2 is a small price for the WA Government to pay for real change for animals in need, please act now!