The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland (RSPCA Qld) is the state’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Queensland.
RSPCA Qld’s determination to innovate in their approach to care, rehabilitation and rehoming has been apparent for many years.
From the Big Adopt Out annual event where RSPCA Qld partner with 26 other welfare and rescue groups, to initiatives like Pop Up Adoptions, their Community Activation Team, the Sit, Drop, Shop stores in shopping centres and the Adoptabull promotion focusing on bull-breed dogs – RSPCA Qld have led the way with new ideas while simultaneously taking on one of the largest animal intake populations in the country at over 53,000 animals.
Despite the enormous cost and significant logistical challenges, RSPCA Qld has also maintained their specialist Wildlife Hospital which cared for over 22,000 orphaned, sick and injured wildlife last year, while maintaining a support network of rescuers, licensed carers and external veterinarians.
RSPCA Qld’s willingness to share their ideas and their resources with other rescue and welfare groups is exactly the sort of leadership and approach to collaboration that the Companion Animal Rescue Awards was created to celebrate.