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.

RSPCA ACT School Holiday Program

 

Searching Availability...

 

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 our School Holiday programs, 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.

If your child is at all unwell on the day of their session, please do not attend the shelter. We have adjusted our cancellation policy to allow for absences.

 

Download our FREE Kids Activity Book this school holidays.

Session Information

18th December 2023 – (Christmas) 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 – Christmas themed though, of course!!

We will also take a guided tour through the shelter and subject to the animals in our care that day, a meet and greet.

21st December 2023 - Canine Christmas
🎄🐾 Welcome to our festive Christmas School Holiday Session! 🐾🎄

This holiday season, join us for a paw-some experience as we embark on a creative journey to craft special collars and leads for your beloved canine companions. Our focus is not only on style but also on the safety and comfort of your furry friends.

22nd December 2023 - Family Open Day
These sessions are open to everyone, and all ages are welcome.

Including a guided tour and a look behind the scenes, which can be a great way to learn more about our shelter and its operations.

You will also have the opportunity to create enrichment items for shelter residents, which is a fantastic way to contribute and make a positive impact. Enrichment items can help enhance the well-being and mental stimulation of the animals, making their stay at the shelter more comfortable and enjoyable. It's an opportunity to get creative and provide something special for the animals.

If you would like to have your stuffed animals "microchipped" and receive a certificate, you can certainly take advantage of this opportunity by paying an additional $5 fee. It could be a fun and unique keepsake for collectors or for children who want to have a special memento from their visit to the shelter.

15th January 2024 - Dogs Day Out
The participants of this session will begin the day by joining our Kennel Team for a morning debrief lead by the Kennels Team Leader. Participants will be provided with an overview of the Kennel's operations, the importance of care tasks and the role of volunteers in supporting the well-being of the residents.

Participants will be paired up with volunteers and a Kennel resident for a walk, and an insight into working with the Kennel residents. Upon return, participants and volunteers will ensure the resident is settled comfortably and complete some daily care tasks.

By integrating the guided tour and enrichment activity at the end of the session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the shelter's operations and have a chance to actively contribute to the well-being of the animals. It's a great way to create a meaningful and memorable experience for everyone involved.

16th January 2024 - Family Open Day
These sessions are open to everyone, and all ages are welcome.

Including a guided tour and a look behind the scenes, which can be a great way to learn more about our shelter and its operations.

You will also have the opportunity to create enrichment items for shelter residents, which is a fantastic way to contribute and make a positive impact. Enrichment items can help enhance the well-being and mental stimulation of the animals, making their stay at the shelter more comfortable and enjoyable. It's an opportunity to get creative and provide something special for the animals.

If you would like to have your stuffed animals "microchipped" and receive a certificate, you can certainly take advantage of this opportunity by paying an additional $5 fee. It could be a fun and unique keepsake for collectors or for children who want to have a special memento from their visit to the shelter.

17th January 2024 - Canberra Snake Relocation and Rescue
In this exciting and informative session, Emma 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. Emma will even be able to introduce us to some of her (non-venomous) reptile pets! This session will also include a tour of our shelter.

 

18th January 2024 - Enrichment For Dogs & Pups
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 the animals in our care that day, a meet and greet.

19th January 2024 - Pet First Aid
Would you know what to do if your pet became sick or injured and you are unable to get to a vet quickly? During this special session, our friends from Kippax Vet will be teaching us how to help our furry friends if things go wrong. You will also learn a little about pet behaviour, 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 your own large plush animals and enjoy a short tour of our shelter to visit some real animals. At the end of the course, you will have achieved a completion certificate to proudly display.

22nd January 2024 - Pet First Aid
Would you know what to do if your pet became sick or injured and you are unable to get to a vet quickly? During this special session, our friends from Kippax Vet will be teaching us how to help our furry friends if things go wrong. You will also learn a little about pet behaviour, 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 your own large plush animals and enjoy a short tour of our shelter to visit some real animals. At the end of the course, you will have achieved a completion certificate to proudly display.

23rd January 2024 - Dogs Day Out
The participants of this session will begin the day by joining our Kennel Team for a morning debrief lead by the Kennels Team Leader. Participants will be provided with an overview of the Kennel's operations, the importance of care tasks and the role of volunteers in supporting the well-being of the residents.

Participants will be paired up with volunteers and a Kennel resident for a walk, and an insight into working with the Kennel residents. Upon return, participants and volunteers will ensure the resident is settled comfortably and complete some daily care tasks.

By integrating the guided tour and enrichment activity at the end of the session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the shelter's operations and have a chance to actively contribute to the well-being of the animals. It's a great way to create a meaningful and memorable experience for everyone involved.

24th January 2024 - Canberra Snake Rescue and Relocation
In this exciting and informative session, Emma 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. Emma will even be able to introduce us to some of her (non-venomous) reptile pets! This session will also include a tour of our shelter.

January 25th 2024 - Enrichment For Dogs & Pups

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 the animals in our care that day, a meet and greet.


 

 

About Our Workshops

Class descriptions, timetables and bookings will be released approximately one month before the commencement of each ACT Public School Holiday period.

Workshops are quite popular and often book out quickly. If you would like to be notified as soon as bookings become available, please email us at education@rspca-act.org.au

Or, become a Junior SupPawter and enjoy early access to all workshop bookings (along with many other goodies!). Junior SupPawter applications can be found here.

Workshops include a shelter tour along with lots of information and hands on activities. Topics vary each school holidays.

We also invite other local animal loving organisations in to present workshops from time to time; this helps children to understand the bigger picture of animal care and protection within the community. These sessions also provide an opportunity to learn about more specialized animals or areas, including reptile husbandry and basic pet first aid.

Generally, the School Holiday Program runs for two hours, and includes:

An interactive information session Based on the chosen topic, with opportunities to ask lots of questions.
A shelter tour Depending on what animals we have, we may see kittens, dogs, turtles, rats, guinea pigs or occasionally even a pig or goat!
Hands on activities based on the session topic This can include preparing lunch for dogs, socialising with kittens, creating enrichment items for rabbits, tunnels for rats or more!
A chance to revisit any animals of interest We can show them their new toys or treats, or just spend time giving them that little bit of extra love.

School Holiday Program sessions are suitable for animal enthusiasts aged 7 -14. We are always keen to hear any topic suggestions as well, so if there is an area that your child is particularly interested in, please let us know!

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 should bring a snack and lunch (nut and egg free please). RSPCA ACT does not provide food as part of our School Holiday program, but we do have facilities to refill drink bottles.

Please endeavour to arrive as close to the session start time as possible and wait outside the reception area with your child. 

Our session educator and volunteers all hold Working with Vulnerable People cards and have met RSPCA ACT's requirements to facilitate these programs. 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.