Who We Are
RSPCA ACT has just celebrated our 60th birthday at our current location in Weston Creek. Just as we have done at the beginning of our organisation’s history, we continue to help, protect and advocate for better welfare for animals in our local community.
Imagine a community free of animal neglect. A community free of animal cruelty. A community where all animals have the best chance at finding a home or being returned to the wild where they belong. At RSPCA ACT, we live this dream every day. Every companion animal is given a chance at finding a home. Every native animal is given a chance to be returned to the wild.
Next year we anticipate that about 6,000 animals will come through our Shelter. We will answer 2000 animal cruelty complaints, prepare 300,000 meals, clean 125,000 kennels and cages, desex thousands of companion animals, walk a staggering 20,000kms exercising dogs, and possibly prosecute 15 to 20 owners for animal cruelty and neglect.
The challenge is big, the numbers are bigger, but rest assured that RSPCA ACT stands ready to meet this demanding workload with your help. You can be proud in the knowledge that your RSPCA Shelter has an extraordinary team of staff and volunteers that ensure that we locally have one of the best animal welfare statistics in the country as NO animals here are euthanised because of lack of space.
We love what we do, but we know that it takes a community to make a significant difference to the lives of animals in our local area.
RSPCA ACT has a work force of about 300 people in the ACT, 250 of these people undertake unpaid voluntary work, while the remaining 50 fill permanent and casual paid positions. You can find out more about paid and unpaid work at RSPCA ACT in our volunteering and employment opportunities sections on this website.
RSPCA ACT is an incorporated association in the ACT. This status requires us to have members and hold meetings from time to time with an elected council of nine governing Board Members. Six of the nine Board Members are elected each year at our AGM. The others are appointed.
The Board is led by the President and is responsible for overall governance, strategic direction setting and policy development.
The day to day business of RSPCA ACT is managed by the Chief Executive Officer.
RSPCA ACT is registered charity which means all donations over $2 are tax deductible
The Five Freedoms For Animals
RSPCA ACT believes in the Five Freedoms for animals.
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from Discomfort - By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease - By prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - By providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress - By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.