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A year in the life of the RSPCA

By johnboy - 2 July 2009 37

The RSPCA has released some numbers on their activity in the past financial year.

Interestingly while total numbers of animals dealt with have risen 3% to 8,125, the numbers of domestic animals is down to 4,905 from 4,965.

For the many of you who speculate on these things they’ve also released the numbers on animals that have to be destroyed:

    We also boast a very low euthanasia rates for dogs, only 8%. Keeping this rate low is very important to us, but we also realise that not every dog that comes to RSPCA will be able to find a home. Some dogs come to us in very poor condition or with very poor social skills. Our staff and volunteers do everything they can to ensure a dog becomes homable and the fact that we find homes for 92% of unwanted dogs proves our commitment to this cause.

    Every dog is given every change, there are no arbitrary time limits, no unrealistic expectations, just caring people doing what they do best, correcting other people mistakes and taking pride in the work they do, every day of the year.

    Our work with cats is almost as successful and we boast a homing rate of over 66% for domestic cats, almost 30% better than the average homing rate across Australia.

    In total during the financial year we found new homes for 2,127 animals and reunited 950 lost animals with their owners.

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37 Responses to
A year in the life of the RSPCA
deezagood 8:10 am 03 Jul 09

No go for the whippet … very sad 🙁 Husband is highly sensible in all matters dog-related and suspects three might ruin our lovely doggy dynamic (and also, he would have to pick up 30% more poo)… sigh.

gift 1:00 am 03 Jul 09

Lets hope more landlords allow pets, that has been the problem in the past, even housing allow pets now, after I would not part with my old 14 year old poodle, I rang Mr Wood’s office and spoke to his secretary and got a letter from my doctor as she suggested it, and all residents can own a pet now.

S4anta 12:41 am 03 Jul 09

threepaws said :

deezagood said :

I was prepared for a few ‘teething problems’ when I took my little man home from the RSPCA,…!

So did I, and then Thumper ran away to join the Feldons.

dvaey 11:19 pm 02 Jul 09

I also notice they have an absolutely gorgeous, housetrained, affectionate female whippet on their site at the moment ….. wonder if husband will let me increase the household doggy-quota?

Even if hubby does approve, depending on how many youve already got the RSPCA and ACT govt might have something to say about it, if not something to charge you for it. Think it becomes an issue at 3 or 4.
Tho, if youve already got a household of happy dogs, youd be aware of that already.

threepaws 10:15 pm 02 Jul 09

Very optimistic! It was explained to me that all healthy cats and dogs are homed. I assumed this meant both physically and mentally.

I-filed 10:07 pm 02 Jul 09

An RSPCA volunteer at the shelter told me earlier this year that they home ALL the cats. I thought that sounded optimistic!

threepaws 9:44 pm 02 Jul 09

deezagood said :

Yay RSPCA – keep up the wonderful work. Those rehoming rates are amazing, given the number of stray, hurt, abused and/or poorly socialised animals they encounter each year.

Yay RSPCA indeed.

Let’s not forget that there is another class of animal than those mentioned above, those that are perfect pets (as perfect as the little terrors can be :)) but just unwanted.

I was prepared for a few ‘teething problems’ when I took my little man home from the RSPCA, but the whole experience was very stress free. Either that’s the way he was born, or it is a testament to the TLC that pets receive at the RSPCA, or a combination of both.

Either way, I’ll be heading back there when I am permitted to increase my pet quota!

deezagood 8:09 pm 02 Jul 09

Yay RSPCA – keep up the wonderful work. Those rehoming rates are amazing, given the number of stray, hurt, abused and/or poorly socialised animals they encounter each year.

I also notice they have an absolutely gorgeous, housetrained, affectionate female whippet on their site at the moment ….. wonder if husband will let me increase the household doggy-quota?

Postalgeek 7:08 pm 02 Jul 09

@6 unless you fall into the 8% category

threepaws 5:58 pm 02 Jul 09

The information on those euthanasia rates is great, sounds like Canberra is the place to be if you are an unwanted dog or cat

aronde 5:48 pm 02 Jul 09

I have had to use their cat trap service twice this year when stray kittens emerged from the thick scrub in the back yard. Always helpful and provide a great service.

johnboy 5:35 pm 02 Jul 09

Something like that.

Jivrashia 5:20 pm 02 Jul 09

Psst. Jb. Switch the numbers 4,905 and 4,965 around.

dvaey 5:20 pm 02 Jul 09

“the numbers of domestic animals is down from 4,905 to 4,965”

How is 4965 down from 4905? Typo somewhere?

astrojax 5:17 pm 02 Jul 09

much good upon them. they probably don’t articulate the hoops they doubtless negotiate to secure the funding they need to do this – an unsung part of a job pretty well always well done.

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