RSPCA Donor Promise

The RSPCA was first established in 1871 to improve the welfare of horses in Melbourne. In 2021, we marked 150th years of caring for and protecting animals with the support of community members like you.

Our supporters remain the lifeblood of our organisation. Despite the strides made in animal welfare across Victoria in our history, we know that there is still more to accomplish and together with our supporters, we’re committed to achieving our vision of ending cruelty to animals. All of RSPCA Victoria’s work is made possible by our generous donors and we’ve been shaped and supported by a passionate and kind community, motivated by their love for animals and dedicated to their welfare. 

Our promise to our donors is:

Make A Difference
Your passion for animal welfare will be reflected in our dedication and hard work.
You will always know the impact of your gift and will have full access to RSPCA state and territory annual reports.
Your wishes and requests will be listened to and acted upon wherever possible.
Your relationship and interactions with us will be based on mutual respect.
Be Responsible
Your gifts will be used to fund the most vital work across the state.
Protect Your Information
Your personal information will never be sold or traded to other charity brands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the funds go? How are our programs funded?

From every $1 RSPCA Victoria raises, we invest 78 cents to benefit the animals in our care through our work to achieve outstanding animal welfare through education, advocacy, animal care and protection. We invest 13 cents to raise the next $1 and the remaining 9 cents is invested to ensure we have the talented people, infrastructure, and systems we need to manage and deliver our programs for animals. You can read more about our work and finances in our annual reports.

Is the Board of RSPCA Victoria remunerated?

RSPCA Victoria Board members generously volunteer their time and experience at our highest level of governance to help improve the lives of animals in our care and steer our organisation on its vision of ending cruelty to animals. We simply wouldn’t be able to do our important work without our dedicated volunteer base who work across the entire organisation.

Why does RSPCA Victoria need donations from the public?

RSPCA Victoria is a charity that relies on the kindness and generosity of animal lovers to continue our life-saving animal welfare work. Our shelters care for thousands of animals every year and our Inspectors are on the road every day, rescuing animals in need from cruelty and neglect.

We do not accept gifts from organisations or individuals who are involved in animal-related activities which are at odds with RSPCA animal welfare policy and positions. If you would like more information on our funding, you can view our annual reports here.