AGM Outlines Mixed Results

RSPCA Tasmania AGM Outlines Mixed Results

RSPCA Tasmania held their Annual General Meeting in Campbell Town today.

The Tasmanian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals started in Tasmania in 1878 and has always led the way in animal welfare discussions and been the voice for animals in need.
RSPCA Tasmania President Alexandra Garrott outlined the results for the last financial year and reiterated the Boards focus on ensuring sustainability of the organisation for the next 140 years.

Change is never easy, and throughout this year we have had to make some tough decisions around how we achieve sustainability and to focus on the core elements of our organisation.

The challenge is not a new one for established not-for-profit organisations in a world where there seemingly are new charity organisations starting up every week. The review and planning process, led by the board and supported by staff, has shown that doing nothing is not an option.

With the support of RSPCA Australia the sustainability project provided a number of recommendations that are being implemented. We look forward to reporting a positive change in the next annual report,” RSPCA Tasmania President Alexandra Garrott said at the meeting.

Key results from the meeting were;

    • An animal live release rate (reclaimed and rehomed) this year of 77% (not that long ago this figure was 58%)
    • Almost 9,000 animals across Tasmania were helped by our team (4,573 animals via our Animal Care Centres and 4,271 animals investigated by our Inspectors)
    • Almost 2,200 calls were made to our 24/7 Animal Cruelty Hotline throughout the year, broken down into 3,479 individual complaints about 4,271 animals
    • The volunteer team and network of Foster Carers have provided many valuable hours of service which equated to around 25% of our business as usual hours
    • The financial report looked at the first 14 months of our organisation trading as a Company Limited by Guarantee. The previous report (10 months) identified a $25,000 surplus - and this report (14 months) a $780,000 deficit.

RSPCA Tasmania CEO Peter West reiterated that, although the fiscal results were quite concerning, the organisation’s focus remains simple - helping animals (and people) in MOST need across Tasmania.

While there has been some changes to the way we operate, and there may well be more changes to come, we absolutely remain committed to;

    • Caring for vulnerable animals
    • Upholding Animal welfare laws though our state-wide Inspectorate team
    • Lobbying Government for improved animal welfare legislation and support
    • Educating the community to achieve better results for all animals
    • Collaborating with other groups to ensure the best outcomes possible
    • Delivering a sustainable business model

I congratulate all RSPCA Tasmania staff and volunteers for helping to make the lives of animals better. It is a challenging time for all, and we continue to keep our focus on achieving the best possible results for all animals throughout Tasmania,” Mr West added.

 RSPCA Tasmania Annual Report 2016-17