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Our small team of Inspectors receive over 10,000 reports of animal cruelty each year across Victoria.

They work to protect animals from cruelty and neglect by enforcing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986 and Part 4 of the Domestic Animals Act (DAA) 1994 in Victoria. RSPCA Victoria's Inspectorate are the only not-for-profit agency with the power to lay charges under POCTAA.

Running the Inspectorate costs RSPCA Victoria over $5 million each year. This includes legal costs, caring for animals rescued from cruelty and undertaking large scale operations. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, RSPCA Victoria relies on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'.  More than 90% of RSPCA Victoria's funding is due to the generous support of the Victorian community.

To read the latest work of our Inspectorate, please visit our Latest News page.

A Memorandum of Understanding is also in place between RSPCA Victoria and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

The Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU) sets out RSPCA Victoria’s and DJPR’s agreement on a range of matters, including the type of animal welfare cases that RSPCA Victoria is responsible for investigating.

A copy of the MoU can be accessed here.

Animals admitted into our care through Inspectorate FY21/22
(updated 16 December 2021)

This figure represents the number of animals we have admitted into our care this financial year, as a result of Inspectorate seized cases or Inspectorate surrenders.

We rely on your support to help us provide each of these animals with the care and rehabilitation they need, as well as the resources to ensure we can keep our dedicated team of Inspectors on the road to continue responding to these daily calls for help. 

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