Opening Hours

Animal Viewing Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 3pm

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

Our Shelter will be closed to the public the first Wednesday of each month.

Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson Named RSPCA ACT Patron

RSPCA ACT is excited to announce the appointment of our new Patron, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson AO. Mr Richardson was asked to fill this important role due to his and his wife, Betty’s long standing commitment to RSPCA ACT and animal welfare in general.  Mr Richardson’s willingness to accept a patron role continues to demonstrate his love of all animals.

Mr Richardson started his career in the Public Service in 1969 and has worked in a range of different roles including Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister, Ambassador to the United States and Director-General of the Australian Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

RSPCA ACT CEO Tammy Ven Dange was excited about this announcement, “Dennis and Betty have been a part of the RSPCA ACT family for a long time.  Despite their busy schedules and other commitments, they have always made time to support the work that we do here for animals in need, and we are extremely grateful that Dennis has accepted this patron role to support the organisation further.”

To mark the beginning of this exciting relationship, Mr Richardson will be launching RSPCA ACT’s Giving Tree Drive at the Department of Defence’s Russell Building on Wednesday 23rd November! There are currently 342 animals in care at our Shelter, and we believe that every one of them deserves a special little something this Christmas.

This year we’re asking the public to give the gift of happiness to a shelter animal by donating to our ‘Giving Tree.’  Every donation made to the RSPCA ACT Giving Tree goes a long way to making a homeless animal’s Christmas that bit brighter and happier this festive season.

Whether they donate money or a physical gift, it all makes a difference to the lives of the animals in our care.  

Don’t have time to go shopping? Give the gift of kindness this Christmas and become a Guardian Angel of your very own shelter animal. Head to