Vet Emergency Fund

Vet Emergency Fund

Help provide critical vet care to animals in desperate need.

They come into our care sick, injured, frightened and in pain. Their stories are heart-wrenching – these vulnerable animals may have survived unimaginable cruelty and neglect, or were perhaps left to fend for themselves on the streets for months.

In emergency situations, every second counts. We don’t always have the luxury of time to set up a special appeal for the animals that come to us in most dire need.

That is why we have established the Emergency Vet Fund – to give the South Australian community and animal lovers like you, the opportunity to help animals in critical conditions.

Your donation allows our veterinarian team to get straight to work, providing life-saving emergency treatment and surgery for animals in most desperate need.

When our animal ambulance picks up a patient requiring critical care, driving the distance to our Lonsdale shelter in the South is not always a feasible option. We are grateful for the support of our external veterinarian partners, who assist us in these emergencies.

In these situations, our big-hearted rescue officers are faced with the hardest decisions around the fate of the animal – and their response is always “do whatever you can”.

While we can’t plan for these emergencies, we will never turn away an animal.

But when you add up the costs of external vet fees, anaesthesia, blood tests, overnight monitoring, specialist medication and surgical procedures – they quickly stack up.

We will never give up on these animals, but as a community-funded charity, we simply can’t afford to provide emergency treatments without your help.

By ensuring we can provide critical care in time, your support can literally save lives. You can help us provide animals with the urgent treatment they need and give them a second chance at finding a loving home.

Even when we don’t get the outcome we hope for and an animal doesn’t pull through, we will do whatever we can to keep them comfortable, covering the cost of pain relief and palliative care.

Please donate to our Vet Emergency Fund, so we can be here for all creatures great and small, in their time of greatest need.

Thank you for your compassion and commitment to saving animals.

Pictured right: Indie Bear was found abandoned on a vacant property; her eyes were dilated and she was weak and wobbly, hardly able to move. She is just one of the many animals that comes to us in a critical condition each month, and requires emergency care. 

Thank you for your donation!

Your kindness will make a huge difference to the safety and wellbeing of animals in South Australia.


Do you have friends, family or colleagues who might also want to help? Why not share news of your donation via social media. Every donation we receive goes a long way to expanding the work of RSPCA South Australia.

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