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
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: