About RSPCA Tasmania
Statement on the shelter and care of animals
RSPCA TAS has its origins with the formation in 1824 of the RSPCA in Britain (which is not connected to RSPCA Australia).The RSPCA TAS was founded in Tasmania in 1872. A full history of the RSPCA can be found at the RSPCA National website.
The RSPCA is a non-government organisation, which means that we are a charity that is not largely funded by the government to carry out its work. In fact, the RSPCA receives less than 15% in regular funding from the TAS Government and 0% from the Federal Government. It is through our fundraising efforts and the generosity of the community that we are able to continue to operate.
We work with local councils, state and federal governments and other interested groups—including community organisations, wildlife authorities, farmers and professional associations.
Our mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA TAS has a dedicated squad of law enforcement officers policing offences against animals throughout the state. There are 3 animal shelters that provide comfort, accommodation and the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals. The RSPCA will accept any animal offered into its care where it has the facilities, resources and legal capacity to do so.
Animals fit for adoption at our shelters and volunteer branches are advertised on www.adoptapet.com.au. All animals are behaviour-assessed, vaccinated, desexed and wormed before going to their new home. Dogs and cats are microchipped and dogs are heartworm tested before adoption.