How You Can Help
Last updated: November 28, 2017
There are lots of great ways you can help the RSPCA and animals.
Million Paws Walk
Why not enter a team of people into the once-a-year Million Paws Walk?
The Million Paws Walk is held in May each year at around 60 sites around Australia, with tens of thousands of people and their pets participating. As well as organising the walk, many sites also provide entertainment, displays, stalls, vet checks and a host of other activities. The Million Paws Walk is a great day out for all and an important fundraising event for the RSPCA. Funds raised through entry fees and the sale of merchandise help assist the RSPCA to operate its animal shelters, support its Inspectorate services and provide community education on animal welfare issues.
This year’s event promises to be the best ever. The Million Paws Walk website is a great place to learn more about this exciting event.
RSPCA Awareness Week
RSPCA Awareness Week takes place each year from 1-8 October.
These dates were chosen to incorporate World Animal Day on 4 October and World Farm Animals Day on 2 October.
RSPCA Awareness Week is a chance to celebrate the joy, compassion and understanding that animals bring to our world.
The Week also has a serious purpose, in raising awareness of the many valuable services the RSPCA provides to the community.
For more information see https://www.rspca.org.au/get-involved/events-and-fundraising
Happy Tails Day
Get behind a great cause and support Happy Tails Day.
We’re celebrating our Happy Tails Day and we hope to have as many people as possible wearing plush tails and ears to show they care about animals and support the work of the RSPCA.
To learn more about this fun event and to get involved go the Events page on the RSPCA National website
Donations and Gifts
The RSPCA is a non government, community based charity which depends heavily on donations and support from the public. As it receives very little government funding the RSPCA relies on donations and fund-raising to support it services.
Donations made to your local state or territory RSPCA will assist the operation of animal shelters, support the work of the Inspectorate, provide community education on animal welfare issues and help the RSPCA to bring about improvements in animal welfare legislation. To find out more information about how you can donate to your local RSPCA please contact your local state or territory RSPCA.
- Donate ACT
- Donate Darwin Regional Branch
- Donate NSW
- Donate Queensland
- Donate South Australia
- Donate Tasmania
- Donate Victoria
- Donate Western Australia
Donations made to RSPCA Australia help provide national initiatives, such as major animal awareness campaigns, research into improved animal farming techniques and dealing with the federal government on animal welfare related issues. If you wish to make a donation to RSPCA Australia
Are you 18 years of age or older? Would you like to use your time and talents to help injured, abused and abandoned animals? If so, you are well on the way to becoming an RSPCA Volunteer!
Volunteers are the backbone and the life blood of the Society. The RSPCA could simply not operate without the help of our generous and valued Volunteer Team Members.
For more information on volunteering you can find state specific contacts in the list below.
- RSPCA ACT Volunteering
- RSPCA Darwin Regional Branch Volunteering
- RSPCA NSW Volunteering
- RSPCA Queensland Volunteering
- RSPCA South Australia Volunteering
- RSPCA Tasmania Volunteering
- RSPCA Victoria Volunteering
- RSPCA Western Australia Volunteering
Careers with the RSPCA
Want to Work with Animals?
If so, check out the RSPCA Careers page for more information.
Current RSPCA Campaigns
The RSPCA campaigns on animal welfare issues are an important avenue of educating the community on the humane treatment of animals. Each campaign focuses on a major animal welfare concern and aims to inform and educate the general public and our legislators.
For an overview of the current campaigns in Australia go to the RSPCA Australia Campaign Overview Page. Community support for the campaigns is vital. Please see the ‘How to Help’ section for each campaign to find out how you can support the RSPCA in helping ‘all creatures great and small’.
Around 13,000 cats and kittens lose their lives in Queensland every year, the innocent victims of irresponsible and uninformed pet owners. That’s more than one every hour. And the problem grows bigger every year.
Thousands upon thousands of unwanted kittens are born each year across the state, simply because their owners have failed to desex their cats. Thousands of these kittens are dumped at the RSPCA. While we do our best to find homes for all the animals that come into our shelters, there simply are not enough people willing to adopt all these cats and kittens. Our staff then face the trauma of euthanising hundreds of cats and kittens every day – many only just a few days old.
Mandatory desexing is the only solution
Female cats can potentially produce three litters of six kittens each year. The only long term solution to preventing the deaths of thousands of cats and kittens every year is State legislation to make the desexing of cats mandatory.
RSPCA recommends that kittens be desexed at 8 weeks to 3 months of age. Desexing your cat before it reaches sexual maturity will avoid unwanted litters and reduce or eliminate the incidence of some health and behavioural problems. But even if your cat is an adult, it is not too late to desex her/him.
It is just as important to desex male cats. In just one night, a male cat can impregnate as many females as he encounters, each giving birth to a litter of 6 to 8 kittens.
If you are not a registered breeder, you should desex your cat. Even if you are a registered breeder, please make sure you have caring homes to cater for ALL the six to eight kittens in every litter.
Benefits of desexing
Apart from the fact that your cat will undergo a small operation, there are no disadvantages to desexing your cat. Although, as with humans, every surgical operation carries a minute risk, most cats recover much faster than humans.
There are many advantages to desexing your cat:
- They generally live longer, healthier lives.
- They are more affectionate companions.
- They are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviour.
- It eliminates “heat” cycles in female cats and their endless efforts to get outside and find a mate.
- Desexed male cats are less likely to spray and mark their territory.
- They are less inclined to wander, run away or get into fights, thereby reducing injuries such as abcesses, accidental injury or death from cars, dogs, etc. as well as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS).
- It reduces or eliminates the incidence of some health problems that can be difficult to treat, such as uterine, ovarian and breast cancer in females and prostate cancer/ disorders and testicular cancer in males (less common).
Frequently asked questions
Should I let my cat have a litter before desexing her?
There is no advantage to your cat in letting it have a litter before it is desexed. On the contrary, if your cat is not desexed, it risks catching a number of diseases related to pregnancy and giving birth. And whether or not you have caring homes for ALL the kittens, you are adding to the cat overpopulation problem.
Will my cat’s behaviour change if it is desexed?
Your cat’s “normal” behaviour will remain unaffected. Desexing commonly reduces problem behaviours such as roaming, aggression and urine marking in males. In females, it eliminates “heat” cycles and their endless efforts to get outside and find a mate.
When is the best time to desex my cat?
RSPCA recommends that kittens be desexed at 8 weeks to 3 months of age. But even if your cat is an adult, it is not too late to desex her/him.
Do I need to desex my male cat?
Yes! In just one night, a male cat can impregnate as many females as he encounters, each giving birth to a litter of 6 to 8 kittens.
What is involved in desexing my cat?
For male cats/kittens, desexing is simply the removal of the testes. For female cats/kittens, desexing requires the removal of the ovaries and the uterus. Desexing is not a lengthy operation, and is done under general anaesthetic. Your cat will not feel pain. The vet will give your cat pain killers to assist during the recovery period.
How you can help
Help us to prevent the unnecessary death of thousands of cats and kittens every year: Desex your cat or kitten (female or male). Be a responsible pet owner and do not contribute to the ever-increasing overpopulation of cats and kittens by allowing your cat to breed.
Encourage friends and family to have their cats desexed.
If considering adopting a cat or kitten, please visit one of RSPCA Queensland’s Shelters, where all cats and kittens are desexed before adoption.
Show your support for mandatory desexing – the only long-term solution to the feline overpopulation problem. Write to the Hon Tim Mulherin MP, Qld Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001 to express your concern about the deaths of thousands of innocent animals.
Help to raise awareness of the tragedy of cat overpopulation by writing a letter to the editor of major and local newspapers.
Make a donation to help support RSPCA campaign for mandatory desexing.
- Statistics relating to the number of cats in RSPCA shelters https://www.rspca.org.au/facts/annual-statistics-2015-16
- Media Releases section http://www.rspca.org.au/mediareleases/mr.asp
RSPCA Campaigns Posters: available for download
For More Detailed Information
There are many more ways you can help us to continue our lifesaving work for animals. Go to the RSPCA Australia website to find more suggestions for how you can get involved.
Without support from the public, our job would be impossible. We greatly appreciate the kindness of people like you taking the time to help All Creatures Great and Small.