THE RSPCA WA
RSPCA WA was founded in 1892 and is the leading authority on animal welfare issues in WA. RSPCA WA is responsible, through our Inspectorate, for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act. We work with Government, industry bodies and the community to improve animal welfare and campaign on a range of issues such as puppy farming or illicit breeding, battery hens, sow stalls and live export.
RSPCA upholds five freedoms for animals and believes all animals deserve freedom from: hunger and thirst, from discomfort, pain, injury and disease and also from fear and distress.
Last year RSPCA WA received more than 16,506 cruelty calls, investigated 6,353 cruelty complaints and rehomed hundreds of animals.
FUNDRAISE FOR THE RSPCA WA
On any given day, there are more than 200 animals in the care of RSPCA WA. Animals like Teddy – who was rescued by one of our Inspectors after a report came through of a ‘skinny puppy’ being kept at a property in Perth’s northern suburbs.
Just 11 months old when he came into our care, Teddy was severely underweight with a body condition score of just one out of nine – five being ideal or healthy. His owner had told our Inspector that she’d been feeding him scraps of human food, having committed to taking care of him when his former owner didn’t want him anymore.
He was also riddled with fleas, and his gums were white – a sign of anaemia caused by a severe flea infestation.
Matted fur was clipped from Teddy’s coat and the veterinary team immediately began treating the fleas using topical flea treatment and medicated baths. He was given a healthy diet – of dog food! – to help him gain some weight, and soon enough, he started to improve.
Due to his breed (Jack Russell x Chihuahua) Teddy will also be assessed for luxating patellas (knee cap problems) and receive treatment, if needed, before going up for adoption when he’s fit and healthy.
You can help animals in the care of RSPCA WA, like Teddy, by fundraising in this year’s Swan Valley Mudfest.