The abbreviation RSPCA stands for Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Oxford University Press 2016).
Recently the RSPCA was called to check up on one of the neighbourhood dogs who looked malnourished, the dog was not found to have any problems according to the neighbour Malcolm I spoke to. This ran the question of what else does the RSPCA do for the animals in the community.
The RSPCA runs an important service where there are over 3000 volunteers who cover a range of different roles in the organisation including:
- Shop assistant.
- Shop receptionist.
- Event volunteer.
- Animal carer.
- And many more (RSPCA 2016).
The RSPCA is an organisation that ‘in 1923 the Societies were given the Royal Warrant, becoming known as the Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA 2016). However you are required to be at least 18 years or older in order to volunteer for any of the positions at RSPCA ( 2016).
Across Australia, RSPCA shelters receive more than 130,000 animals every year. Most of which are cats and dogs; however there are a number of other animals which the RSPCA attends to such as:
- And so much more.
Animals which can not be put into homes and require extensive care are often taken care of by the RSPCA carers so that the animal can be rehabilitated and be made ready for adoption. However, not all people believe that the RSPCA are what they say, in fact some believe them to be fraudulent such as Animal Liberation Victoria (2016) who mentions RSPCA’s apparent fraudulent activities.
Figure Reference List
Animal Liberation Victoria 2016, RSPCA betrayal, viewed 22 September 2016, https://www.alv.org.au/articles/rspca-betrayal/
Oxford University Press 2016, RSPCA, viewed 11 August 2016, https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/rspca
RSPCA 2016, Shelters, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.rspca.org.au/what-we-do/locations-and-services/shelters
RSPCA 2016, Volunteer, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.rspcaqld.org.au/volunteer