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.

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

 

Kids N Kritters April Challenge

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FRIDAY

April 13th

Hop on to adoptapet.com.au and check out animals who are available for adoption at RSPCA ACT.

While you are online, take a look at our brand new Junior SupPawter Program here: rspca-act.org.au/junior-suppawter-program

April 14th

Draw a picture for an animal! Pictures brighten up our animal’s enclosures and give them something new to look at.

Send your picture to education@rspca-act.org.au

April 15th

Make an enrichment toy for a shelter animal or for your own animals.

April 16th

Everyone gets a pet today! Get creative and make your own ’animal’ with pet rocks, paper mache or cardboard.

April 17th

If it is safe to do so, go outside! Get some fresh air and observe all the wonderful native birds, bugs and plants out and about.

April 20th

Today is a cleaning day! What is one thing that you can do to make your pet’s environment a bit nicer? Could you give their food area an extra sweep, tidy their bedding, or clean their water bowl?

If you don’t have a pet – do something for your own environment today! tidy your room, sweep the kitchen or dust your bookshelves!

April 21st

What better way to spend time indoors than with a board game?

Create your own pet themed game today!

April 22nd

What would the perfect shelter look like?

Write, draw or create a model of your ideas.

April 23rd

Write a letter to our wonderful volunteers today!

Send through to education@rspca-act.org.au and we will be sure to pass it on, you will make a volunteer’s day!

April 24th

Give your pet some extra love today!

It might be a cuddle, an extra treat or some playtime – whatever you both enjoy!

If you don’t have a pet, give a human family member some extra love 😊