The RSPCA is Australia’s oldest, largest and most trusted animal welfare organisation. With this privileged position comes great responsibility. This year we received1 112,530 animals into our animal shelters and adoption centres across the country. We are pleased to report that over the past 10 years we have helped 718,960 animals by rehoming them, reuniting them with their owners or releasing them back into the wild. This includes 328,866 dogs and puppies, and 293,339 cats and kittens who were rehomed or reunited with their owners. With a great deal of effort from RSPCA teams all over the country, adoption/rehoming and reclaiming rates nationally have been increasing over time and significant improvements in the outcomes for cats and dogs (including kittens and puppies) have been achieved. In 2007/8, around 63% of cats were euthanized compared to 21.4% in 2019/20. For dogs, the Live Release Rate increased from 82.5% in 2013/14 to 86.6% in 2019/2020. This can be attributed to the introduction of new approaches and programs to increase the number of animals rehomed and reunited with their owners.
RSPCA Australia (2020) RSPCA report on animal outcomes from our shelters, care and adoption centres 2019-2020. Available online: https://www.rspca.org.au/sites/default/files/RSPCA%20Report%20on%20Animal%20Outcomes%202019-2020.pdf