Learn about the big responsibility of owning a small animal - this may include rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, ferrets, rats or turtles. Learn about the special care that these animals need and their individual behaviours. We will also get to complete some care tasks for our animals, which may include making enrichment, preparing food or replacing bedding. We will also take a guided tour through the shelter and subject to animals in our care that day, a meet and greet.
ENRICHMENT FOR SHELTER ANIMALS
Enrichment is anything that makes an animal’s environment more interesting and engaging - this can include sights, smells, toys, and even interaction with people. In this session you will learn all about enrichment for pets and have the chance to make a few animal enrichment items of your own. We will also take a guided tour through the shelter and subject to animals in our care that day, a meet and greet.
PAWSITIVE DOG TRAINING
Here at RSPCA, we always use positive, force free training methods with our dogs, and we love to teach others about them as well! Positive Training means that we reward our dogs for doing the right thing - rather than punishing them for getting it wrong. In this session you will learn the positive training basics, have a look at special training equipment including clickers and of course, have a chance to visit our dogs!
PET FIRST AID
Our friends at St John Ambulance ACT will be teaching us how to help our fur babies if things go wrong. You will also learn a little about how to keep yourself safe while tending to unwell animals, and how to know when cases will need to be handled by an adult or a vet. You will also get the chance to practice your new skills on our large plush animals and enjoy a short tour of our shelter to visit some real animals.
FAMILY FUN DAY
On this day we encourage our parents, guardians, carers, siblings etc. to join us for a round robin group of activities running at the same time around the shelter. Guided by staff and volunteers, you will have an opportunity to visit the
PAC centre and learn how to microchip + scan your furry friends, create some enrichment for our dogs in the kennels, learn how to speak cat in the Cattery, learn how to identify snake’s vs lizards and more!
LEARN TO SPEAK DOG
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 recognise when they would like some alone time – our dogs really puppreciate this!
LEARN TO SPEAK CAT (2x)
Participants will visit our cattery and learn how to make friends with cats in a safe and respectful way. We will look at the ways that cats talk to us without using words, so you will be able to know when they are okay being patted, or when they would prefer some alone time. You will also have the opportunity to create enrichment items for the cats and ask our staff any questions you may have about our purrfect friends.
In this session, you will learn about different roles at
the RSPCA, and gain experience in our day-to- day animal care tasks. You will visit all our animals, and be involved in their care by cleaning, feeding, and providing enrichment.