Information taken from National Statistics of RSPCA. I took the figures from the reports as found 1999 to 2012. Ignoring alterations if made in latter years. – Charts showing statistics following.
In the past 17 years from 1995 to 2012 RSPCA Australia have dealt with 2,475,494 animals
In the past 15 years from 1997 to 2012 RSPCA Australia have dealt with 2,174,658 animals
In the past 10 years from 2002-2012 RSPCA Australia have dealt with 1,457,949 animals, more detailed records of rehoming and reclaims are kept from about the 2000 mark and from 2002-2012 792,101 animals were rehomed or reclaimed and 665,848 euthanased, at 45.7% of total animals handled
In the past 5 years from 2007-2012 RSPCA Australia have dealt with 766,304 animals, of which 426,562 were rehomed or reclaimed, Animals euthanased were 337,921 which is 44.1% of all animals handled for that period.
Animal categories as defined by RSPCA
- Other – which includes the following
- Bantem Hens
- Variety of native birds
- Water birds Turtles
- Guinea Pigs
- Tame ducks and Chickens
Important notes – I wish to draw attention to the number of animals RSPCA have to deal with, particularly in respect of domestic animals. I am not blaming RSPCA for the problem of animal dumping in Australia but using them as an illustration of the problem and issues of number of perfectly healthy animals euthanased and lack of laws preventing the reoccurance of these problems.
Is is imperative that the reader realise that statistically RSPCA Australia only deals with approximately half of the Australian animals abandoned, lost or placed shelters. Some shelters would have much higher kill rates than RSPCA, some have a no kill policy.