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The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

RSPCA Australia is a Federation of 8 independent State & Territory RSPCA bodies called member Societies. 

RSPCA member Societies do much of the hands-on work traditionally associated with the RSPCA such as the operation of shelters and the Inspectorate plus community education and fundraising.

RSPCA Australia is home to a strong science and campaigns team, with a particular focus on farm animal issues. RSPCA Australia is responsible for facilitating national campaigns and events and representing the interests of animal welfare with Government and industry across all areas. 

Campaign Against Puppy Farming

What is a puppy farm?

A puppy farm (also known as a puppy factory or puppy mill) is an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs. Puppy farms are usually large-scale commercial operations, but inadequate conditions may also exist in small volume breeding establishments which may or may not be run for profit.

What can be done to end puppy farming?

RSPCA Australia considers puppy farming to be a significant national animal welfare issue. RSPCA Australia released a Discussion Paper on the issue in January 2010 and received over 100 responses which were used to help develop a document presenting a potential way forward to end puppy farming in Australia.

The resulting document – End Puppy Farming – The Way Forward – presents a series of problems, desired outcomes and recommended ways forward which, if implemented, would bring a complete end to puppy farming in Australia.

How can I help?

You can help us close the legal loopholes and help us bring an end to puppy farming:
  1. Sign up to our Close Puppy Factories campaign.
  2. Write to your State/Territory MP and Federal MP – here is a draft letter to get you started
  3. Become a Smart Puppy Advocate – tell your friends and family how to avoid supporting puppy farms.

The Smart Puppy and Dog Buyers Guide available to download here