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RSPCA shelters cared for more than 28,000 animals over the past year. Animals of all kinds make their way to our shelters for many reasons; some wander away from home and get lost, while others are surrendered because their owners can no longer care for them. We also care for abandoned animals, and those seized by our Inspectorate due to neglect and mistreatment.

Earlier this year, the RSPCA along with many other animal welfare organisations, provided feedback to the Victorian State Government related to the review of the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds. Over many years, the RSPCA and many other animal welfare groups have worked tirelessly to influence this legislation to improve the welfare of animals in the care of shelters. 

In a win for animal welfare, the 28-day rule has been abolished. This means our animals are no longer restricted to a maximum 28 day stay at our shelters, giving them more time to find loving new homes. The welfare of our animals is of utmost importance and we are developing vet-endorsed health management plans to ensure animals stay healthy and happy while in our care. 

In light of the changes to the Code of Practice, the RSPCA is excited to be working on an extension of our foster care program to launch later in 2011. This program is currently only open to staff and volunteers, but we will be inviting members of the community to join us as foster carers to nurture animals too young for adoption and those needing rehabilitation after surgery.

To learn more about your local RSPCA shelter, please select a location from the list below:

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