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  • Claudio's Fund

    Claudio is a handsome and friendly Mareema sheep dog.  All he wants to do is to play, to run and to jump around with other dogs or people – it doesn’t matter to him. But he can’t.

    Claudio is only 2 years old and he is suffering terribly with Hip Dysplasia. His enthusiasm for life overrides the pain from his hips for a few minutes, but then the pain breaks through and he is unable to walk properly, let alone run.

    You can see the frustration in his eyes. He so badly wants to behave like all the other young dogs do, but it is just too painful.

    Click below to watch Claudio’s story…


    A local council officer brought Claudio to our Lonsdale Shelter. He had been left to wander the streets all alone. We don’t know for how long. No one to feed him, no one to love and care for him and most importantly no one to give him the veterinary care he so desperately needed.

    It was obvious from the moment he came to us that Claudio had something wrong with him. He couldn’t walk properly. His back legs were on the verge of collapsing underneath him each time he took a step. It was heartbreaking to watch. And he did not like being touched around his hips – it was too painful.

    X-rays showed major deterioration in both hip joints, the leg bones were not sitting in the hip joints properly – so every time he took a step it was bone rubbing against bone. Our experienced vet team soon realised the only hope for Claudio was for him to have a very specialised surgery done on both hip joints. This young boy desperately needs a double hip replacement.

    This surgery is incredibly expensive. But given that Claudio is only 2 years old, the prognosis for his recovery is excellent and he deserves the chance to have a life, pain free.

    Will you please help us to provide this desperately needed surgery for Claudio? I’m sure if he could, he would say “Thank you for giving me a chance to play and run again, pain free.”


    Animal Emergency Fund FAQ’s

    • Q: What happens to the funds if more is raised than what is needed?
    • A: If there are any funds leftover after medical treatment is provided to the animal, it will be directed back into the Animal Emergency Fund to help pay for treatment for the many other animals that need our help.
    • Q: What happens to the animals if the fundraising target isn’t reached?
    • A: We are committed to providing the best possible care for all creatures great and small. As a result, we will provide each and every animal with the care and treatment they need even if we aren’t able to reach the total fundraising target.
    • Q: Why can’t RSPCA South Australia pay for this treatment themselves?
    • A: RSPCA South Australia is a non-government, community based charity. We rely on the generous support of the community for 90% of our funding. Without donations from the community, through campaigns such as the Animal Emergency Fund, we simply could not be there for animals in need.
    • Q: Why have some animals already had surgery?
    • A: Sometimes animals come to us with such serious, life-threatening conditions that require immediate treatment. Fundraising for these animals is still just as important as we need recover the funds we spent on the animal’s treatment so we can continue to care for others who need our help.
    • Q: Will you keep my information secure?
    • A: RSPCA South Australia is committed to the protection of your personal information and handles all personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) prescribed in the Privacy Act 1988. Our privacy policy explains how RSPCA South Australia collects, uses, discloses and holds your personal information, and your rights of access to the information that we hold about you.
    • Q: Is my gift tax deductible and will I get a receipt for it?
    • A: Yes, any gift over $2 that is made to RSPCA South Australia is tax deductible. You will receive an official receipt emailed immediately to the email address you supplied when making your donation. If you have any further questions or if you haven’t received your receipt, you can also contact us directly on 1300 4 777 22, or send an email to
    • Q: My animal needs surgery and I can’t afford it. Can I add them to this list?
    • A: Unfortunately, no. This website is to raise funds for animals that are in RSPCA South Australia’s care and custody. If you have financial trouble and your pet is in need of medical treatment or surgery, please contact us on 1300 4 777 22 so we can talk to you about your options. It is important that all animals receive the medical treatment they need.
    Amount raised: $711
    Our goal: $6,000
  • DJ's Story

    Backyard breeders aren’t like you. You love animals and treasure their beautiful personalities, but they just see them as a way of making money – and they do it ruthlessly. Utterly ruthlessly. We need your help to protect innocent animals from cruel backyard breeders.

    Amount raised: $93,400
    Our goal: $102,600
  • Moo Moo's Fund

    Our vet team saved Moo Moo’s life when they removed a huge ball of shoe laces and hair ties from her stomach. Read more about Moo Moo’s story, and help us give her the care she needs & the home she deserves.

    Amount raised: $622
    Our goal: $1,900

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