"What RSPCA South Australia really needs is a new future."
See our Project Vision for the RSPCA South Australia Animal Care Campus.
South Australia is on the brink of an exciting new era in animal care with the development of the RSPCA South Australia Animal Care Campus.
Located within the community precinct of Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna at O’Halloran Hill, the campus is set to become the state’s centre for injured wildlife rehabilitation.
A key part of the development is a wildlife hospital, staffed 24/7 by veterinary professionals who specialise in the treatment and care of injured and ill native animals and birds. The wildlife hospital will provide coordinated support to South Australia’s existing volunteer wildlife rescue groups as well as being open to the public seeking help for wildlife.
The new Campus is expected to double the number of animals RSPCA cares for each year. It will draw on expertise from RSPCA Queensland, which operates the largest wildlife hospital in Australia, caring for more than 28,000 native animals and birds each year.
In addition to the wildlife hospital, the new Campus will incorporate entirely separate, state-of-the-art facilities for dogs and cats. The current focus on high-welfare, community-based foster care will be ongoing, resulting in significantly reduced need for on-campus housing.
The new campus will also include an education hub, with animal care experts taking training sessions that will raise overall standards of animal welfare within our community. Veterinary students and practising vets will also have the opportunity to build skills and expertise in the treatment of native animals. Schools and community groups will be able to attend on-site animal welfare education sessions at the state-of-the-art facilities.
The campus is being designed as a single storey, low impact, architectural style, which will blend in with the natural surroundings of the national park. Sustainable building features will minimise the impact on the environment.
A sustainable food forest comprising a bio-diverse range of native trees and plants will help to feed the native wildlife receiving care at the campus.
The generous 7-hectare site will include provision for further extension of facilities in future years.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2022, with the new Campus opening in late 2023.
We need your help to build the future for animals in South Australia
In our largest capital fundraising endeavour ever, RSPCA South Australia needs to raise $3m from South Australians who want to make this Animal Care Campus (incorporating a wildlife hospital) a reality.