A strong and viable future

RSPCA Tasmania announces changes designed to ensure strong and viable future

RSPCA Tasmania has announced some important changes to ensure it can continue to provide the best possible animal welfare and advocacy services.

Chief Executive Officer, Peter West said these changes will see some animal welfare services delivered differently, while still ensuring the highest possible standards of care.

By making these changes, RSPCA Tasmania can continue to make animal welfare and advocacy its highest priority and do so in a financially sustainable manner,” Mr West said.

Importantly our Inspectorate Services will continue at the same level, focussing on domestic and companion animals.”

Our Hobart facility will become an animal health and wellbeing centre catering for new veterinary clinic clients and will aim to increase emergency and urgent care for animals of people in need (like boarding support for victims of domestic violence, hospital or prison stays). The Centre will continue to care for seized Inspectorate animals (including livestock / large animals) and also focus on great animal boarding opportunities.

Devonport Animal Care Centre will reprioritise rehoming to compliment other facilities in the region. The Centre will continue to care for seized Inspectorate animals (including livestock / large animals), provide important emergency care for animals of people in need (like boarding support for victims of domestic violence, hospital or prison stays) and will be expanding onsite boarding options.

Launceston Animal Care Centre will become our primary centre for rehoming dogs, cats and smaller domestic animals for the state. The Centre will continue to care for small animals seized by the Inspectorate, as well as provide emergency care for animals of people in need (like boarding support for victims of domestic violence, hospital or prison stays). There will also be an upgrade to our facilities for boarding and day care.

All Centres will close to the public on Sundays and public holidays (except for special promotions and for organised appointments).

Mr West said the move, that will take effect from 1 July 2017, would also see the organisation working more closely with 10 Lives Cat Centre and the Dogs' Home of Tasmania.

RSPCA Tasmania will continue find homes for animals, these changes will now mean in some situations we will be working in close partnership with other specialist animal care organisations to get the best results for that region, this may see some dogs and cats rehomed out of the 10 lives Cat Centre or Dogs' Homes of Tasmania,” Mr West said.

Working collaboratively and focussing on the best possible rehoming outcomes is a far more effective approach over the long term in our state,” he said.

It is likely there will be staffing changes as we look to implement these new processes with some staff rostered hours possibly being reduced.

RSPCA Tasmania will remain the primary voice of Animal Welfare in Tasmania and will be looking to increase its community engagement and education role across the state.

This is a necessary reset of our activities to better be what our members and general public want us to be,” Mr West said.

RSPCA Tasmania’s VISION remains the same – and that is for a Tasmania where all animals are treated with respect and kindness.

RSPCA Tasmania’s day to day Mission also is unchanged and that is - Helping Animals; Enlightening People; Changing Lives.

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