The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare. In 2009 the RSPCA investigated 141,280 cruelty complaints; and collected and rescued 135,293 animals. RSPCA is the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the world. RSPCA specializes in rescue, animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty. The RSPCA has inspired other societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be formed around the world.