Did you know that it costs $30 to provide a single day’s worth of shelter, medical attention and care for each animal RSPCA rescues?
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So my beautiful Aunty Marloesje passed away from bowel cancer two years ago and was a very big animal lover and supporter of animal charities, one of those being the RSPCA. I wanted to find out what the $5000 donation my Aunty gave to the RSPCA NSW was used for, and had a lovely chat with one of the company’s representatives over the phone who went into detail. I asked if she could put into writing the information so I could share it around. I had no idea that in addition to rescuing neglected, unloved, animals who have suffered cruelty, the RSPCA NSW also have educational programs to try and teach the poorer communities the right way to look after animals. Below is what she said about the programme and I found it very interesting. Hope you do to.
Thank you again for your Aunty’s wonderful support and for your genuine interest in the work of the RSPCA. Though they are not always the most visible, our education and outreach programs work to prevent cruelty and neglect before they occur. Many of our community support programs are designed to assist pet owners to cope with crisis and ensure the wellbeing of their animals. Others help to educate communities about responsible pet ownership and provide subsidised services such as desexing and vaccination. Each program targets a specific demographic and combats a particular social issue. Because we receive just 1% of our funding from government, these programs would simply not be possible without support of generosity from people like your Aunty.
As discussed on the phone, our Community Animal Welfare Scheme team was in Walgett and Lightening Ridge (towards the end of last year), with the aim of desexing approximately 100 animals in five days. At least four times a year the team will travel to local councils in regional remote and aboriginal communities, where residents are very challenged to access and afford veterinary services. Over the program’s ten years in practice, we have seen incredible successes. During the last week of October 2015 we performed our 1,000th surgery in the Walgett/Lightening Ridge area alone!
One of these initiatives costs the RSPCA approximately $20,000 in veterinary staff time, travel and medical supplies (and the $5000 from my Aunty directly went to help support this).
Here is a video made of a trip to Condobolin in 2014, that you may like to share. It’s a great introduction to the program.
We also briefly discussed a great program we’ve been running for four years in Campbelltown. This fantastic partnership between the RSPCA, the Campbelltown Council and the veterinary school at Sydney University provides desexing, education, microchipping, vaccinations, registrations and medical checks at drastically reduced rates for pensioners, and people living on low incomes or disability. It was the first desexing program in metropolitan Sydney and based on its success we just launched another one in the Blue Mountains.
Here’s a great video about that program:
Simone – I hope you find these informative. Thank you again, so much, for your Aunty’s amazing financial support, and your desire to share the importance of initiatives of this type with your circle.
While this information relates to specifically RSPCA NSW, there would no doubt be equivalent programs in all the other states.
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If we contribute even $15 a month to the RSPCA, we can help beautiful animals like Rocky and Harvey (who was trapped in a suitcase!)
I’ve just signed up to contribute $30 a month because knowing I can help our beloved neglected furry friends who have no-one else to turn to, makes me feel really good. It’s a small difference I can make. Even $15 a month can make a difference.
There are a lot of issues facing the RSPCA that could benefit from our help, some of which are included below:
- Dogs Die in Hot Cars
- Exotic Animals in Circuses
- Help Us Get Pigs Out of Sow Stalls
- Help Us Close Puppy Factories
- Ban Live Export
- Hens Deserve Better
My sincere thanks to Melanie Parent, Manager – Planned Giving, from RSPCA NSW for giving me such wonderful information, and all the amazing workers and volunteers of RSPCA both in Australia, and all the animal help organisations around the world, who without them, more animals would be sad, in suffering and alone.
Thank you for reading.