A new era for animal care
A new home for RSPCA South Australia
South Australia is on the brink of an exciting new era in animal care with the State Government’s announcement on 7 November 2021 of a new RSPCA Animal Care Campus in the south.
A key part of the $23m development is a wildlife hospital, staffed 24/7 by veterinary professionals who specialise in the treatment and care of injured and ill native animals and birds.
Located within the community precinct of Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna at O’Halloran Hill, the Campus is set to become the state’s centre for injured wildlife rehabilitation.
The wildlife hospital will provide coordinated support to SA’s existing volunteer wildlife rescue groups as well as being open to the public seeking help for wildlife.
“The simple objective is to get injured native animals and birds the best care as quickly as possible.”
Paul Stevenson, RSPCA South Australia Chief Executive Officer
The new Campus is expected to double the number of animals RSPCA SA cares for each year. It will draw on expertise from RSPCA Queensland, which operates the largest wildlife hospital in Australia, caring for more than 26,000 native animals and birds each year.
The development is being partly funded by donations raised during RSPCA’s 2020 Bushfire Appeal, when animal lovers around the world rallied to save wildlife affected by the devastating fires that swept across the country, including Kangaroo Island.
In addition to the wildlife hospital, the new campus will incorporate entirely separate, state-of-the-art facilities for dogs and cats. The current focus on high-welfare, community-based foster care will be ongoing, resulting in significantly reduced need for on-campus housing.
The new Campus will also be an education hub, with animal care experts taking training sessions that will raise overall standards of animal welfare within our community. Veterinary students and practising vets will also have the opportunity to build skills and expertise in the treatment of native animals.
A capital works fundraising campaign will soon get underway – watch this space for more information about how you can be part of this major advancement in our state’s provision of care for all animals, and especially our precious wildlife.
Construction is expected to begin in mid 2022, with the new Campus opening in late 2023.
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