RSPCA counts the cost of erroneous phone calls

THE RSPCA often relies on the public to help it tackle animal cruelty, but sometimes mistakes are made and the consequences can come at a cost to the welfare organisation.

The RSPCA receives millions of phone calls each year.

Many turn out to be unintentionally humorous.

Recently, a phone call to the RSPCA complaining of two cows in a paddock without shelter turned out to be two steel cows that graze in a field just outside of Nowra. 

Although a funny incident, they can often have serious implications.

It can cost the RSPCA $450 to send out an inspector to attend a job.

The RSPCA does not receive direct funding from the government, but instead relies on the donations given by the general public. 

This Sunday, May 18 the Million Paws Walk, an annual fund-raising event which helps volunteer branches combat animal cruelty and take care of local animals will take place.

To be a part of this event, register at


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