The RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. To achieve this, the RSPCA works to enforce animal cruelty laws and advocate for new legislation where required
The RSPCA is an independent, community-based charity providing animal care and protection services across the country. As a federated organisation, the RSPCA’s member societies in each state and territory run animal rehoming shelters, investigate and prosecute animal cruelty complaints, and educate the community on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. RSPCA Australia, as the federation’s national body, is a leading source of animal welfare science, and works with governments and industries to progress animal welfare across a range of issues. In addition, RSPCA Australia runs the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, which works with farmers and brands to improve the lives of millions of farm animals. RSPCA Australia works with government and industry to establish standards for animal care across a number of industries. RSPCA member societies in states and territories also operate animal care and adoption facilities, and seek to raise community awareness of animal welfare issues.