Opening Hours

Animal Viewing Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm

General Hours: 
Most Days: 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays:  10am - 5pm
CLOSED: Sundays and Public Holidays

Kids N' Kritters

RSPCA ACT will be running a series of fun, interactive education sessions over the school holidays for youngsters who are interested in learning more about animals. See below for details, class dates and times, and how to book.

All classes are for a 7-13 year age group.

Important Information

Please note that while we make every attempt to follow planned programs, there may be some days where children are unable to pat or hold animals. This is due to the nature of our shelter; many of our animals are very timid and are not ready to be handled by a group. Decisions around animal interaction are always made with the welfare of the animal as paramount. All sessions may include visits to other animals around the shelter – please let us know if there are any animals that your child is fearful of or inexperienced with.

We endeavour to keep as close to our curriculum as possible, however in the event of bad weather or not having animals suitable for the session we will alter the curriculum slightly and/or utilise staff animals. The session will still be interactive and lots of fun!

Location: 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Weston ACT 2611.

Allergy Information: Please note that while we don’t allow children to bring nuts or nut products into a KnK program, RSPCA ACT is not a nut free environment. Our dogs are sometimes given peanut butter as a treat, and this is stored in our kennels. Please advise staff if your child has a nut allergy.

What to Bring on the Day:

  • All participants should bring their own labelled drink bottle
  • All participants must wear appropriate clothing, including long pants, enclosed footwear, a hat and sunscreen
  • Participants staying for multiple sessions should bring a snack and lunch (nut and egg free please). RSPCA does not provide food as part of our Kids n Kritters program, but we do have facilities to refill drink bottles.

When you arrive for your session, please see reception staff. They will be able to show you where to sign in and place your belongings.

Our session educator and volunteers all hold Working with Vulnerable People cards and have met RSPCA requirements to attend Kids N' Kritters. For this reason parents are welcome to wait in our waiting area for the duration of the session, however are unable to attend the session with their child. Under special circumstances, you may receive permission to attend, however you are required to hold a WWVP card and pay the participant fee in full.

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RSPCA ACT Trading Cards – NEW!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new RSPCA ACT Trading card collection! Each card features a gorgeous RSPCA animal, and shows the new things that you have learned. Cards are only available through our Kids n Kritters program, so get collecting!
Collection folders are also available for $10! These can be purchased when booking any Kids n Kritters session.

Kids N Kritters Trading Card Folder


Summer Timetable

Introduction to RSPCA ACT
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
If you’re new to Kids and Kritters,’ Introduction to RSPCA ACT’ is the class for you. In this session, we will show you around our shelter, and tell you a little bit about why we do what we do. You will also be able to visit some shelter animals, learn a little about their behaviour and create some enrichment activities for them. Participation in Introduction to Animal Care will earn you your “RSPCA ACT” card to start your collection.

Dog Gurus
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
Come and meet our dogs! During this session, you will have the opportunity to socialise with RSPCA’s dogs and puppies. You will learn how to greet and interact with dogs of all shapes and sizes in a safe and positive way, and also recognise when they would like some alone time! This is very important to our shelter dogs – they will absolutely love the respectful attention! You will also earn your ‘Stay Safe With Dogs’ and ‘Dog Guru’ trading cards on the day.

Caring for Young Animals
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
Puppies, kittens and other young animals are super cute, but need special care. Come and learn about the special types of food, handling and vet care that they need, and help out with some animal care tasks around the shelter. You will learn about how these animal’s bodies and needs change as they grow, and how we can help them. You will also have a chance to visit some young animals!

Reptile Awareness
(Maximum of 10 participants)
Cost: $75
In this exciting and informative session, Luke from Canberra Snake Rescue and Relocation will be joining us at the shelter to chat about reptiles who are native to the ACT and how we can safely and respectfully live around them. Luke will even be able to introduce us to some of his (non-venomous) reptile pets! This session will also include a tour of our shelter, and you will receive our ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Insects’ trading cards.

Caring for Reptiles
(Maximum of 10 participants)
Cost: $75
Have you ever wanted to have a reptile pet? Luke from Canberra Snake Rescue and Relocation will join is for this session to show us the responsibilities of caring for our scaly friends. You will be able to help with a tank set up and enjoy a visit with some of Luke’s friendly reptile pets. This session will also include a tour of our shelter, and you will receive our ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Insects’ trading cards.