ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN

   Why is RSPCA Victoria asking for money?

   RSPCA Victoria is a non-government, independent charity.

   We rely on donations and community support to generate 90% of the funds required to carry out our work protecting animals from cruelty and neglect.

   Sadly, we know that there are many more animals that are suffering. Animal cruelty doesn’t stop, we received more than 10,700 reports of cruelty to animals in Victoria in the last financial year alone.

   We’re determined to do more than we ever have to stop animal cruelty and even though we’re the best at what we do, right now, we’re stretched to our limit. We simply don’t have enough people or equipment to rescue and care for every animal who needs us.

   Why is RSPCA Victoria spending money on marketing instead of rescuing more animals?

   Animal cruelty is a crime. No one wants to see an animal suffer when something can be done. By writing to as many households as we can in Victoria and asking for a small donation, we can make a significant difference to the lives of so many more neglected and suffering animals.

   RSPCA Victoria has a loyal group of caring and generous donors, however, demands on our services continue to grow. We need to find more people who care and wish to donate so we can ensure we’re able to save as many animals as possible.
   We already do this every single day, and with the generous support of people like you, we will be able to reach more animals.

 

   ABOUT MY DONATION

   How will my donation help?

   Every donation received by RSPCA Victoria will go towards the resources we need to achieve our goal of stopping animal cruelty.

   Donations received will help train inspectors, provide life-saving equipment and treatment, care for animals in our shelter and most importantly, find loving homes for the defenseless animals who have been victims of horrible cruelty.

   How much of my donation actually goes towards animal welfare?

   We are appealing so we can raise funds to do more for suffering animals across Victoria. Currently, 78% of every dollar raised is allocated to rescuing, rehabilitating, rehoming animals and prevention activities.

   Our fundraising costs make 13% of our expenditure, with only 9% government funding, this is essential to ensure we can keep our doors open to animals in need. Finally, administration costs make up just 9% of our expenditure, which allows us to deliver our work responsibly, effectively and efficiently.

   There is still a lot to be done. Stopping animal cruelty takes the dedication and expertise of a wide range of people and resources.

   It’s a big job, but with the help our supporters, we will put all the pieces together to make sure animals’ lives are saved.

   About RSPCA VICTORIA

   How many animals do you help each year?

   Last financial year, RSPCA Victoria received 14,703 animals into our care including 3,727 dogs, 8,480 cats, and 2,496 other animals including wildlife, livestock, horses and small animals. More than 3,505 animals required time in volunteer foster care to recover (more than ever before!), and 9,667 animals were adopted to new loving homes in the same period.

   Our inspectorate received and investigated 10,745 reports of cruelty with each report often relating to numerous individual offences. From these reports, our Inspectors brought 1,575 seized and surrendered animals into our care, an increase of 6% from the previous year.

   Where can I report animal cruelty?

   If you witness an act of animal cruelty, we encourage people to call RSPCA Victoria on 03 9224 2222 or complete your report online here.

   RSPCA Victoria relies on members of the community to report acts of animal cruelty and neglect.

   How many RSPCA Victoria locations are there?

   RSPCA Victoria has six Animal Care Centres across the state for sheltering and adoption. Selected locations offer veterinary services, grooming and retail- please visit our our website for more information and operating hours.

   - RSPCA Burwood East

   - Epping Animal Welfare Facility

   - RSPCA Peninsula

   - RSPCA Portland

   - RSPCA Wangaratta

   - RSPCA Warrnambool

   Why does RSPCA Victoria need public donations?

   RSPCA Victoria is a non-government, independent charity.

   We rely on donations and community support to generate 90% of the funds required to carry out our work protecting animals from cruelty and neglect.

   Each year we receive a grant from the State Government which is funding tied specifically to Inspectorate activities and also addressing illegal intensive breeding facilities (puppy and kitten factories). This grant covers less than half of the annual costs to mobilise our Inspectorate team, and support from the government makes up less than 10% of our total costs.

   Sadly, we know that there are many more animals that are suffering. We received more than 10,700 reports of cruelty to animals in Victoria in the last financial year alone.

   We’re determined to do more than we ever have to stop animal cruelty and even though we’re the best at what we do, right now, we’re stretched to our limit. We simply don’t have enough people or equipment to rescue and care for every animal who needs us.

 

   ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUES

   Where can I find out more about RSPCA Victoria's position on animal welfare issues?

   Information about animal welfare issues in Victoria can be found on our website at www.rspcavic.org

   What are the penalties for cruelty to animals?

   Individuals found guilty of cruelty face a maximum penalty of $40,297.50 or 12 months’ imprisonment. Those individuals found guilty of aggravated cruelty face a maximum penalty of $80,595.00 or 24 months’ imprisonment. Aggravated cruelty is defined in the Act as cruelty which results in the death or serious disablement of the animal. The court may also disqualify the person from owning or being in charge of an animal permanently.

   Who do I call to report lost or stray animals?

   Stray animals fall under the responsibility of your local shire. If you find a healthy and uninjured stray, please contact your local shire ranger services.

   If you witness an act of animal cruelty, we encourage people to call us on 03 9224 2222 or complete a report online online here.

   RSPCA Victoria relies on members of the community to report acts of animal cruelty and neglect.