RSPCA South Australia believes an animal’s welfare should be considered in terms of the Five Freedoms.
Dedicated to improving the lives of all animals across SA
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA South Australia) is the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity. Since our establishment in Adelaide in 1875, we have remained the leading voice for all creatures great and small across South Australia.
We work non-stop to defend the dignity of animals, while fighting to prevent animal cruelty. We are animal protectors, carers and guardians. We bring solace to the abandoned, surrendered and injured. We offer shelter, education, medical attention and love. We help animals in need find loving forever homes. And we advocate for the humane treatment of all living creatures.
Crucially, we are also the only charity empowered by State Parliament to prosecute animal cruelty and neglect. Our small team of inspectors respond to more than 4,000 reports of animal cruelty every year, investigating complaints against all kinds of animals in all kinds of situations.
Our important animal welfare work is almost entirely funded by community donations. We rely almost entirely on the goodwill of our loyal supporters to continue being there for animals when they need us most.
A compassionate society free of animal cruelty and suffering.
Prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
The Five Freedoms
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 or 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.