Australian charity guide for Animal Lovers

We’ve curated the must-read guide to 7 Australian charities that are fighting for animal rights and looking after wildlife, from man’s best friends to native species and marine life.

By auctioning your unwanted and second-hand items on charityBay and donating the funds to these organisations, you can support the incredibly important work they do and join the movement that’s helping protect our furry (and not so furry) friends.


You can also browse the full list of Australian charities here.


RSPCA Australia


The RSPCA in Australia is a federation, with an RSPCA in each state and territory and RSPCA Australia as the national body. The state and territory member Societies provide services to animals in need through their shelters and inspectorates. In the national office, RSPCA Australia works to influence animal welfare policy, practice and legislation across the country. They do this through various avenues, including working with government and industries, communicating and contributing to animal welfare science, implementing the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, and working with supporters through targeted advocacy and education campaigns.


Their work includes:

• Improving the lives of farm animals through the Approved Farming Scheme 

• Improving the lives of farm animals through the provision of animal welfare advice to government and industry 

• Improving the lives of farm animals by educating consumers about higher welfare farming practices 

• Improving the lives of companion animals with education campaigns on issues such as puppy farms and pedigree dogs 

• Improving the lives of animals in research by providing animal welfare advice in relation to standards 

• Improving the lives of wild animals by promoting humane management of native and introduced species 

• Improving the lives of animals used in sport and recreation by educating and advising on matters relating to horse racing, greyhound racing and rodeos 

• distributing funding to state and territory RSPCA bodies to support operation of animal shelters and inspectorates and related activities


Read more on their website here: https://www.rspca.org.au/



Jane Goodall Institute Australia Limited

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia’s philosophy is centred on the interconnectedness of Animals, People and the Environment (APE) and their purpose is to ‘inspire actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment’. JGIA has two main programs that they support and fund: 


The Roots & Shoots Program, which empowers young Australians and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter most to them. They create an ever-expanding network of Australians, connected with their global counterparts, who are inspired to be change-making global citizens. 


Their Africa Programs conserve and protect chimpanzees, natural habitat and surrounding communities in Africa. Their community-centred conservation programs include a range of activities from basic needs such as education, health and water sanitation to park rangers who protect animals from poachers. They also support chimpanzee sanctuaries which provide a lifelong home for orphaned animals. Whether they’re helping to provide a sanctuary for rescued or orphaned chimpanzees, improving women’s health in nearby villages, or working locally with our Australian Roots & Shoots and National Youth Leadership groups, they find practical ways to make a lasting impact for animals, people, and the environment. 


Every day their work delivers:


• awareness about conservation, sustainability and behavioural changes we can all adopt to make a real difference 

• advocacy at local, regional, national and global levels - holistic, community-centred conservation programs across a range of activities, from basic needs such as education,

• health and water sanitation, to supporting park rangers in preventing illegal poaching 

• funding to support Australian youth with projects in their local community 

• leadership opportunities 

• support and resources for educators to bring Jane’s messages of hope into the classroom.”


Read more on their website here: https://www.janegoodall.org.au/



Save A Horse Australia Inc

Save a Horse Australia operate a rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary in the North-West suburbs of Brisbane. They have rescued horses that were slaughter-bound or have been abandoned by their owners, and have rehabilitated and rehomed many horses to new owners or into foster care. They also care for many horses and give them love and dignified euthanasia for their final days.


Read more on their website here: https://www.saveahorse.org.au/



Humane Society International Inc

Humane Society International works to build a more humane and sustainable world for animals. They are leaders in saving endangered species and their habitats and reducing cruelty in farming, trade and other industries. HSI ensures threatened species receive legal protection through Australian laws as well as international treaties. They have had key successes in protecting sharks, whales, sea lions, albatross, koalas, flying-foxes, orangutans, elephants, giraffes and lions to name just a few. 


Their scientific nomination program has seen more than 70 threatened species and millions of hectares of wildlife habitat protected in law. They continually advocate for improvements to those laws and for their enforcement. Their Wildlife Land Trust program helps protect habitat for rare and common species alike and at the close of the 2019 Financial year, they had 607 member sanctuaries covering more than 66,362 hectares. HSI is committed to reducing animal suffering and cruelty. 


Read more on their website here: https://hsi.org.au/



Australia for Dolphins Limited

Action for Dolphins' mission is to protect "small cetaceans" (dolphins and other small whales such as orcas).

AFD focusses on stopping mass dolphin hunting and bringing an end to dolphin captivity, both of which adversely impact the welfare of dolphins. To achieve these goals, AFD takes legal actions to enforce laws protecting dolphins, advocates for changes in the law to better protect dolphins, and conducts high-impact advocacy and media campaigns. 


In the 2019 period, AFD successfully campaigned against the destructive shark meshing programme in Queensland, carried out a feasibility study to determine if four captive dolphins could be released into Australia's first sea-pen sanctuary, tackled ocean plastic pollution through beach cleans, and launched an unprecedented lawsuit against the world's largest dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan.


Read more on their website here: https://www.afd.org.au/



Wildlife Victoria Inc

Wildlife Victoria provides a vital link for the community between distressed Australian wildlife and the appropriate response and care needed. They provide the community with a wildlife emergency response service that relies on an extensive state-wide network of rescue and transport volunteers, veterinarians who provide pro-bono services for wildlife, and the licensed carers and shelters who accept animals into their care for rehabilitation and release. They also provide educational programs and activities to help wildlife by providing people with the knowledge and skills for peaceful and positive co-existence with wildlife, and by positive community attitudes toward wildlife. They utilize technology, experience and knowledge, together with positive collaborations to advocate for better wildlife welfare if their welfare is under threat or compromised. They support efforts by government, community groups and individuals to ameliorate threats to wildlife. particularly those that are caused by humans.


Read more on their website here: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/



World Animal Protection Limited

The principal activities of World Animal Protection Limited during the course of the 2018 financial year (January- December) , were the promotion of effective means for the protection of animals and the implementation of projects for the prevention of cruelty and the relief of suffering of animals. During 2018, World Animal Protection undertook various initiatives to raise funds and support strategic campaigns across four key priority areas, working to address animal suffering and cruelty to animals in communities, animals in the wild, animals in disasters and animals in farming.


Read more on their website here: https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/



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