Who We Are
RSPCA ACT has been at its current facility in Weston since 1955. Just as we have done at the beginning of our organistion’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 and cruelty. A community where all animals have the best chance at finding a home.
Each year we anticipate thousands of animals will call RSPCA ACT home. Throughout this year we will answer cruelty complaints, prepare meals, clean kennels and cages, desex and microchip companion animals and exercise dogs every day.
The challenge is big but rest assured that RSPCA ACT stands ready to meet this demanding workload with the support of the Canberra community.
You can be proud in the knowledge that your RSPCA ACT has an extraordinary team of staff, volunteers and supporters that ensure we locally have one of the best animal welfare statistics in the country, with no animals euthanised due to space constraints.
We love what we do, but it takes a community to make a significant difference to the lives of abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the ACT.
RSPCA ACT has a work force of both paid and volunteer staff at the Weston shelter. 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 governing Board Members.
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 a 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.