At RSPCA South Australia, we do all we can to provide the best possible outcomes for the animals in our care.
With the support of the community we aim to set the benchmark for animal welfare organisations across Australia. As part of our ongoing commitment to saving more lives, we continue to proactively seek innovative ways to care for every animal who needs help.
During the 2014/2015 financial year, our vet team were working harder than ever, with the number of major surgeries performed on animals in our care increasing by 165%.
The dedication of our staff and volunteers meant that we saw 3,812 animals adopted into loving new homes, and we provided veterinary work for a further 553 animals who went to our partner companion animal rescue or wildlife rescue groups for rehoming or wild release.
Outcomes by Animal Source
We have three sources of incoming animals, two of which are unique to RSPCA South Australia:
Council Impounds, Strays and Surrenders
These animals are either surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them, or are brought in as stray or wandering animals by councils or members of the public (includes feral or semi-feral cats).
Inspectorate Animals relating to Cruelty Reports
These animals have been taken in by our Inspectors following investigations into reports made to our 24-hour cruelty hotline.
Ambulance Animals and Rescue Call-Outs
These animals are injured, ill or orphaned animals reported to us and collected by our Rescue Officers for urgent care. Sadly, many of these animals are so severely ill or injured that euthanasia is the most humane option.
Sadly, unavoidable euthanasia will continue to be a reality for some animals who come into our care. This includes animals with untreatable medical conditions and injuries, and those with dangerous aggression or behavioural problems. Every effort is made to treat and manage medical conditions and behavourial problems. Euthanasia is always a last resort for an animal in RSPCA South Australia care.
Outcomes by Animal Type
Dedicated to positive animal outcomes
With continued support from the community, RSPCA South Australia is focusing on three core areas to further improve animal outcomes:
A dedicated behavioural team to develop behavioural modification and management plans unique to each animal requiring specialist support
Improvements in clinical veterinary care including isolation facilities and processes, in-shelter disease management and surgical rehabilitation
Foster care programs
Expanding our foster care network to cater for greater numbers of animals who do not cope in a shelter environment. Animals cared for in foster homes include pregnant animals, those with young litters, orphaned kittens and puppies, seniors, and those with special needs. Learn more about our Foster Care Program here.
Proactive adoption and rehoming initiatives
- Petbarn partnership to adopt RSPCA cats in-store
- Hill’s Adoption Centres – “Kitten Condos”
- No Mum Left Behind, maintaining the bond between mum and kitten
- Proactive media and social media exposure of adoption animals
- Online adoption profiles on RSPCA Adopt a Pet and PetRescue websites
- Forging working relationships with reputable rescue groups
- Adoption from foster care
- Volunteer photography program to promote animals for adoption
- Promotion of responsible pet ownership and extensive pre-adoption veterinary services such as desexing, microchipping, health-checks, and vaccinations
- Ongoing veterinary and training support to all new pet owners
- Partnerships with Lost Dogs of Adelaide and Lost Pets of South Australia Facebook pages to reunite lost pets with their owners.
Our commitment to saving more lives
Whilst we are pleased that we are achieving more for the animals in our care, RSPCA South Australia will continue to strive for new ways to improve our animal outcomes.