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About this campaign

Why is RSPCA asking for money?

RSPCA WA is a non-government, independent charity.

We rely on donations and community support to generate more than 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 across WA that are suffering because our state is so large and we simply don’t have enough Inspectors and resources to reach them all.

So we are simply asking people to chip in $20 to help us get 20 Inspectors out on our roads. We currently have just 11.

Why are these images so graphic?

The images used in the appeal are actual cases of animal cruelty reported to the RSPCA here in WA. They are shocking, and we know they are very difficult to look at.

The truth is that animal cruelty is a reality throughout WA and some people may not be aware of this.

We believe that in showing what our Inspectors must deal with on a daily basis, it will make our request for support very real.

What happened to the animals in the sealed brochure I received

Sadly none of these animals survived. This is the harsh reality and they are the very reason that we have launched this appeal so we can get more Inspectors on our roads and prevent the suffering and loss.

My children were upset by the pictures in the brochure. What should I do?

Undoubtedly the appeal will be upsetting for children and adults.

If the material affected you, this could be an opportunity to talk with your children about animal cruelty and how animal cruelty is never okay. If a child is ever worried or sees animals being hurt or in distress they can alert an adult to what has happened and the RSPCA is here to help.

Why is RSPCA WA 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 mailing as many households as we can in WA and asking for a small donation, we can make a significant difference to the lives of so many more neglected and suffering animals.

RSPCA WA has a loyal group of caring and generous donors however demands on our services continue to grow so we need to find more people who care and wish to donate so we can increase the number of Inspectors on our roads and save more animals. 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 will go towards the resources we need to achieve our goal of getting more Inspectors on the road and stopping animal cruelty.

Donations received will help employ and train Inspectors, purchase necessary vehicles, equipment and supplies they need to rescue animals, cover veterinary services, and rehabilitation costs for rescued animals. Inspectors will also be able to raise awareness in communities about ways to prevent and report animal cruelty.

How much of my donation actually goes towards rescuing animals?

The simple answer is the whole lot.

We are appealing so we can raise funds to get more Inspectors on our roads and that is exactly what we plan to do.

There is a lot to this to bring it together and stopping animal cruelty takes the dedication and expertise of a wide range of people and resources to get the job done.

To do that our Inspectors undergo specialist training before they are qualified for rescuing animals and we will need to purchase equipment and maintain vehicles so they can respond.

With more Inspectors rescuing more animals, our veterinary team will also need more resources to treat and rehabilitate the animals they save. Our phone staff will also need to be prepared to take more calls from the public as we place more Inspectors that will mean ultimately more animals’ lives saved.

It’s a big job, but together we will get more Inspectors out there and we will put all the pieces together to make sure animals’ lives are saved.

Why does RSPCA WA need public donations?

RSPCA WA is a non-government, independent charity.

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

Our annual operating expenses are in excess of $10M annually. Each year we receive a grant from the State Government which is funding tied specifically to Inspectorate activities and also to run education activities on companion animals. It currently costs more than $2M annually to mobilise our Inspectorate team. The cost of treating and rehabilitating the rescued animals at our Animal Care Centre is in addition to this. Each year this figure is increasing along with the number of investigations the small team is needed to attend.

Sadly we know that there are many more animals across WA that are suffering because our state is so large and we simply don’t have enough Inspectors and resources to reach them all.

So we are simply asking people to chip in $20 to help us get 20 Inspectors out on our roads. We currently have just 11.

About RSPCA WA

How many animals do you help each year?

Last financial year, RSPCA WA received 15,263 reports to our 24-hour Animal Cruelty Hotline, or around 40-50 calls per day.

Our team of Inspectors investigated 6,321 complaints, including over 2000 cruelty concerns about livestock, and over 4000 about domestic animals, wildlife and animals in sport and recreation. Over the same period, 751 were rehomed and many more were recovering with foster carers.

Where can I report animal cruelty?

If you witness an act of animal cruelty, we encourage people to call RSPCA WA’s 24 hour Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 3589 (1300 CRUELTY).

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

How many RSPCA locations are there in Australia?

RSPCA WA has an Animal Care Centre which is located at 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga.

In Australia, there are eight state and territory Societies, which are members of RSPCA Australia. They are:

1. RSPCA ACT
2. RSPCA Darwin Regional Branch
3. RSPCA New South Wales
4. RSPCA Queensland
5. RSPCA South Australia
6. RSPCA Tasmania
7. RSPCA Victoria
8. RSPCA Western Australia

Why does RSPCA WA need public donations?

RSPCA WA is a non-government, independent charity.

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

Our annual operating expenses are in excess of $10M annually. Each year we receive a grant from the State Government which is funding tied specifically to Inspectorate activities and also to run education activities on companion animals. It currently costs more than $2M annually to mobilise our Inspectorate team. The cost of treating and rehabilitating the rescued animals at our Animal Care Centre is in addition to this. Each year this figure is increasing along with the number of investigations the small team is needed to attend.

Sadly we know that there are many more animals across WA that are suffering because our state is so large and we simply don’t have enough Inspectors and resources to reach them all.

So we are simply asking people to chip in $20 to help us get 20 Inspectors out on our roads. We currently have just 11.

About the Inspectors

How much does it cost to employ one Inspector?

On average, it costs approximately $167,000 on an ongoing annual basis for an Inspector.

These costs do vary dependant on a number of factors including costs associated with the veterinary treatment for animals, running costs for their purpose-equipped motor vehicle and job related training needs.

There will also be additional costs associated with employing a new Inspector such as purchasing and equipping a vehicle, uniforms and equipment and the compulsory training requirements to ensure our Inspectors are suitably qualified to do the job. The average cost of setting up a new Inspector is $109,000.

When will the next Inspector be employed?

That will depend on the success of this campaign. The next Inspector will be employed as soon as we have the additional resources available.

After the initial recruitment process, there is a six month period of on the job training and specific compulsory training courses before an Inspector will be working independently.

We will be sure to let everyone who donated to 20 for 20 know as soon as we employ a new Inspector.

Where are Inspectors located throughout WA?

Currently there are 7 Inspectors located in the metropolitan area and 4 Inspectors located in regional centres being; Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.

Where will the new Inspectors be located?

RSPCA WA will place Inspectors where they are needed the most. Areas with high rates of cruelty reports and high populations will be prioritised.

We know, from our data and investigations, that there is a real need for Inspectors in our regional areas including the Kimberley region, Pilbara, Mid-West and Great Southern. Additionally there is a real need to expand our reach in the outskirts of the metropolitan area.

We know is that when an Inspector is deployed to a regional area, we receive an increase in the number of animal cruelty reports in that region because people become more aware that there is someone there to rescue local animals at risk.

About Animal Welfare Issues

Where can I find out more about RSPCA WA’s position on animal welfare issues?

Information about animal welfare issues in Western Australia can be found on our website at www.rspcawa.asn.au.

What are the penalties for cruelty to animals?

Under the Animal Welfare Act (2002), penalties for cruelty to animals may include a fine of up to $50,000; imprisonment for up to five years; and prohibition from owning or being in contact with animals.

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 RSPCA WA’s 24 hour Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 3589 ( 1300 CRUELTY).

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

Contact Us

To Donate, call 08 9209 9311

RSPCA WA

108 Malaga Drive
PO Box 3147
Malaga WA 6945

Hours of business:
Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Tel: 08 9209 9300
Email: rspca@rspcawa.asn.au
Visit: www.rspcawa.asn.au