Thursday, 4 October 2018
With the country’s attention firmly placed on animals large and small this World Animal
Day, RSPCA Tasmania is reassuring Tasmanians their mission to protect and advocate for
the state’s animals is now stronger than ever.
Seeking to deliver improved outcomes for animal welfare, earlier this year RSPCA
Tasmania announced a move to a sustainable and financially responsible centralised model
of care and an increase in inspectorate services.
RSPCA Tasmania CEO Dr Andrew Byrne said in practical terms this meant an increase in
inspectorate services and a move to a central animal care centre to maximise RSPCA’s
capacity to care for Tasmania’s animals in most need.
“Most importantly, we want to be very clear on the point that the RSPCA is not reducing
its services in Tasmania,” Dr Byrne said.
“Rather we are redefining our future and working to deliver an RSCPA that is secure in its
responsibility to care and protect Tasmania’s most vulnerable animals.
“We will achieve this firstly by returning to our core mission of protecting animals most in
need, educating the public on how to best care for their animals and advocating for
effective, modern animal welfare laws.
“Secondly, by identifying a conveniently located central care facility, we will be able to
consolidate our services, including our shelter, veterinary and animal welfare services, to
provide optimal attention and focus for the animals in our care.
“Lastly, we will achieve this by working in greater collaboration with other animal welfare
“This collaboration will see the creation of a Tasmanian Animal Welfare Group (TAWG),
creating a coordinated network of committed agencies to provide the best possible
rehoming opportunities for surrendered and abandoned animals and strengthening of our
network of animal foster carers.”
Dr Byrne said while change was difficult, continuing to operate multiple centres across the
state, duplicating services, roles and infrastructure was ineffective and had placed a drain
on the RSPCA’s limited resources.
“Over the past year we have been working diligently to make the vision for a centralised
care centre a reality,” he said.
“This has translated to an increase and sharpened focus on our inspectorate services
across the state, allowing us to be right there at the coalface for those animals most in
“While this strategy has seen the closure of Hobart’s Mornington facility, it has
strengthened our partnerships with like-minded organisations to ensure no animal is left
“In the south. we are also establishing animal transfer stations that allow the inspectorate
to hold the animals before transporting them to the centralised care centre at Spreyton.
“Our Spreyton facility is currently acting as our central care facility while a suitable
location is identified to support our new vision become a reality.
“In Launceston, RSPCA Tasmania has been working closely with the State Government and
the City of Launceston to find the most suitable care solution for the animals in the north
of the state, with a tender being submitted for the future delivery of sustainable animal
pound and animal shelter services.
“Regardless of the outcome of this tender process, we will continue to provide these
services at Mowbray until the 31 December 2018.”
Dr Byrne said much like the mission of World Animal Day, RSPCA’s core charter was to
uphold animal welfare laws, advocate for better outcomes for animals and to educate the
community on making the lives of animals better.
“RSPCA Tasmania looks forward to ensuring we can continue to deliver our core mission to
Tasmania’s animals most in need, now and well into the future,” he said.