RSPCA Give to Get Them Home

Today, RSPCA South Australia has their biggest donation day of the year, Give to Get Them Home, when – thanks to generous matching partners – all donations made to the charity today will be doubled.

Oct 05, 2023, updated Oct 05, 2023
Woozy when he first arrived at RSPCA SA and later on the road to recovery

Woozy when he first arrived at RSPCA SA and later on the road to recovery

This year marks the fifth annual Give to Get Them Home day, raising funds to help animals like Woozy, a young dog who arrived at RSPCA SA’s Lonsdale shelter as an emaciated, flea-ridden stray.

With extensive veterinary care, Woozy recovered and spent over 100 days in the charity’s care before recently being rehomed.

“As a majority community funded organisation, life transformations like Woozy underwent are only possible thanks to the generosity of South Australian animal lovers,” RSPCA SA CEO Marcus Gehrig said.

“This day is timed to bring in vital funds ahead of our busiest time of the year, so we really hope our community will again rally to support our work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming our state’s most vulnerable animals.”

In 2022, nearly 1,800 individual donors turned out in support of Give to Get Them Home and raised an incredible $165,916 for animals in need, reaching a total of over $330,000 after dollar matching.

Every year, RSPCA SA has more than 9,000 neglected, sick and mistreated animals come through its one metropolitan and two regional shelters, with around 2,500 animals expected over the next three months.

On March 10, a record number of over 1,400 animals in care resulted in the organisation being forced to close its doors to surrendered animals for the first time. It had exceeded its capacity, both in terms of space and people available to provide care.

Shelter populations are now down to manageable levels, with people wanting to surrender animals being assessed on a case-by-case basis and having the opportunity to go on a waiting list.

“We are seeing more animals come in as cost of living pressures and a lack of pet-friendly rental properties hit, meaning we urgently need a strong response to today’s appeal,” Gehrig said.

“Everyone who donates on 5 October will instantly see their donation doubled and should feel proud to be supporting life-saving veterinary care and behavioural support for animals, in addition to the microchipping, vaccinations and desexing that all our animals undergo before finding loving new homes.

“These donations really will make an incredible difference to animals’ lives.”

Every donation made for Give to Get Them Home will be doubled by the charity’s national sponsors, Elanco, Royal Canin, Peter Alexander, and individual local donors until midnight on 5 October 2023.

To take part and make a life-changing, tax deductible donation for animals in need, visit or call 1300 777 221 to donate.

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