At RSPCA ACT we’re working our hardest to ensure we deliver a high standard of care for each and every animal walking through our doors. Right now we have over 250 animals in our care. Seized, surrendered, abandoned or lost, each animal has a story and relies on us even in this time of uncertainty.
For the most up-to-date information, please keep an eye on this page and our social media channels, especially on Facebook.
Message from the CEO
Dear RSPCA ACT Supporters,
As we navigate this new challenge called COVID-19, our key priority is to keep our staff and volunteers as safe and healthy as possible.
The 281 animals that we currently have in our care need our staff and volunteers in good health to ensure our animals are fed, cleaned, walked, loved and looked after.
Please help us by doing the following when you visit us at the shelter:
- Be hyper-vigilant regarding hand and respiratory hygiene. We have placed hand sanitisers in all areas of the Shelter and encourage visitors to sanitise as they move about the Shelter.
- As much as we love to see our community at the Shelter when they are ready to adopt an animal, we ask that if you are unwell and suffering from flu like symptoms, please do not come to the Shelter at all. You are placing us and our animals at risk.
- Please limit when you come to the shelter. Please only come to the Shelter if you want to adopt, have a vet appointment or if you want to purchase goods from our retail shop.
- Please don’t stand close to anyone else, and maintain that 1.5-metre distance. If you see a number of people at reception, please wait outside before you come in. Similarly, if you see a number of people in the cattery, please wait outside. Ideally, we would not want more than 2 or 3 people inside at any given time.
We are doing everything we can to keep our environment as clean and hygienic as possible.
For now, our Shelter will remain open as we have many beautiful animals waiting for their fur-ever homes.
However, we continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed if and when we need to change our response.
If you have a pet that you are able to cuddle, I hope that you are getting in as many cuddles as possible (no social distancing from pets required).
I promise, you will feel better and so will your fluffy, feathered or scaly friend!
Updated information regarding COVID-19 in the ACT can be found at: https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Stay safe, and thank you for your support.
- Michelle Robertson, CEO RSPCA ACT
Animal adoptions are now by appointment only
In the interest of the health and safety of our staff and the public, we are implementing adoptions by appointment. This will ensure that we are limiting the amount of people in any area at a given time and can maintain appropriate social distancing measures.
Bookings are essential for adoptions. Please use our booking system found here to schedule an appointment with our team.
Please ensure on arrival at the Shelter you use the hand sanitisation stations provided and follow all directions given by staff.
How to prepare if you and your pet are in self-isolation
There are a number of ways you can prepare for self-isolation in the face of COVID-19 so you and your pets stay safe.
There is currently no evidence that companion animals play a role in the spread of this human disease.
You can keep your pets with you in home isolation but take precautions to ensure you both stay physically and mentally fit and healthy.
You can find some more basic advice on our RSPCA Knowledgebase here: https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/how-can-i-prepare-for-voluntary-covid-19-self-isolation-so-that-my-pets-and-i-stay-safe/
Our Dog Training School is currently still in operation
In light of the Government's new regulations regarding social distancing and COVID-19, RSPCA ACT is temporarily suspending group dog training classes at the shelter in Weston, ACT. We are investigating the option of offering live, online training sessions in the near future and will update our webpage accordingly. If you are a current client of the dog training school at RSPCA ACT, please note that you will be contacted by a member of our staff shortly to discuss your options going forward.
We appreciate your understanding as we navigate our way through this challenging time.
Million Paws Walk public event will not go ahead and we have launched Walk This May as an online fundraiser
Million Paws Walk is Australia’s biggest dog walking event and holds a special place in the hearts of many people and their pooches. As a result of ongoing developments concerning COVID-19, we will no longer be able to hold the public event on Sunday 17 May.
But don’t put away your activewear just yet!
We’re excited to launch ‘Million Paws Walk: Walk This May’ – your fun excuse to (responsibly) walk your dog and raise money for animals in need. While social distancing is a national priority, our dogs still need enrichment and exercise. As part of ‘Million Paws Walk: Walk This May’, we’re asking supporters to safely take their dogs for a walk in their neighbourhood or backyard and keep raising funds along the way. And funnily enough, the average length of a standard dog lead is 1.8 metres – which is a pretty good indication of a safe distance between you and other people!
For more information visit our Million Paws Walk website here https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/
Foster Carer and Volunteer applications
Thank you for your interest in foster caring with RSPCA ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit your expression on our Volunteer page here.
Due to heavy interest we will not be able to respond to every application individually. Please keep an eye on your emails should we need to activate our foster care network during this difficult time. Thank you for your support and understanding.
The animals in our care need your help…
Within our organisation, we are monitoring the current situation as it changes every day. With news arriving almost every moment we are aware of the possible risk to our people and the significant impact on animals in our care. Minimising this risk has already come at a cost to us as an organisation.
Like so many others, we are doing what we can to get through to the other side of this virus as best we can. But the future does feel very uncertain. If you're one of the many Australians who has lost work or income due to mandatory closures at this time, please know that our request today is not directed at you.
With the cancellation of our upcoming events and major disruptions to our ability to generate commercial income, we are already seeing a massive drop in revenue. Just when we need it most, we are also anticipating a major drop in financial donations.
We know this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone.
We want you to know that we're only asking for your help as we are obligated to do so. We have a responsibility to these animals to ensure they are cared for in their time of need, and we simply cannot do it without your help.