Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: May 20, 2014
What is the RSPCA?
The RSPCA is an independent, non-government community based charity providing animal care and protection services. We have a proud history of over 100 years in Australia and strongly believe that education is the key to making positive changes for the future of both humans and their companion friends. For further information go to the RSPCA National website.
What is WOAW?
The RSPCA World of Animal Welfare (WOAW) is an exciting and educational website for people of all ages focusing on humane educational practices and learning resources. Humane Education is about fostering kindness, respect and empathy for animals, people and the environment.
A key feature of the site is a database of quality teaching resources for educators across Australia to access and make available to their students.
Our website is unique in that when a user visits WOAW they log on to an age appropriate interface. This ensures that the content that the user sees and interacts with is relevant and useful to them.
What are the age groups in WOAW?
WOAW’s age groups allow for age appropriate user interfaces and content for the specific age group. Age groups are broken up into three main groups; preschool through grade 3, grade 4-8 and grade 9-12. Students enter the age group that they fit into and their experience on WOAW is tailored to their needs and level of learning.
You can switch age groups on any page of WOAW using the age group switcher just above the main menu in the left hand sidebar.
So as a 14 & Over user of the site the content and look are unique?
Yes, using WOAW as an 14 and Over user, you are viewing a unique interface (look and feel of the site) and content (text, images, etc).
If you want to see what a page looks like for another age group simply switch to that age group using the select box above the main menu.
What is Humane Education?
Humane (adj): Having what are considered the best qualities of human beings.
Humane Education is about fostering kindness, respect and empathy for animals, people and the environment. On one level, our programs are about learning how to care for animals. At a more complex level, our programs are about learning why we should care for animals.
Why do we need humane education?
- RSPCA shelters across Australia care for thousands of lost, abandoned, injured and mistreated animals each year.
- Sadly, animal abuse crimes are increasing in frequency and severity. We are now aware that violence against animals is a strong indicator of unhealthy social behaviour which often leads to acts of violence against fellow humans.
- Research has shown that humane education is the key to fostering long term change in people’s attitudes and behaviours toward animals.
How do I submit content to WOAW?
How do I submit content to WOAW?
The easiest way to send us content is to send us an email and attach the item to the email or write it in the email.
What are the copyright requirements for content submissions?
Any content submitted must be copyright free or the person submitting the content owns the copyright and by submitting the content agrees that they are handing over copyright on the item. For more information please read our terms and conditions.
How Do I Contact WOAW?
How do I contact WOAW admin?
A contact button is available from every page in the site and it is located in the top menu bar on the page and this will take you to the Contact WOAW page.
Support & Sponsor WOAW
How can I support or sponsor WOAW?
We have many different options available for supporters of the WOAW website. Contact the WOAW team directly for more information.
Who is currently supporting the WOAW website?
Our current supporters and sponsors are listed on the sponsors page.
I’m lost! How can I find the page I’m looking for?
You can search the entire WOAW site from the left hand sidebar just under the main menu.