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  • Viewing of Animals - Daily: 10am - 4pm      
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Home for the Holidays: $99 for any adult dog or cat!

RSPCA ACT is currently bursting at the seams with cats and dogs desperately seeking a happy and loving home for the holidays and beyond. To help them find their Christmas miracle, our Weston Shelter is reducing the adoption fee from tomorrow for ALL ADULT cats and dogs to $99 until Christmas Eve. RSPCA ACT CEO Tammy Ven Dange shared her Christmas wish , “We have a number of animals that have been waiting at the Shelter for more than two hundred days. All I want for Christmas this year is to ensure that these pets can share this holiday season with their new families. Come on Canberra! Bring th

Shane Van Duren Pleads Guilty to Animal Welfare Charges

On 11 November 2015 RSPCA ACT Inspectors arrived at a Deakin residence after complaint was called in regarding the welfare of a dog at the premises. It was raining heavily and a large Wolfhound cross dog was sighted lying on its side in the rear yard. He was lying in mud, clearly unwell, fully exposed to the elements with no shelter available. When called the dog made an attempt to lift his head but was unable to do so. As it was obvious that the dog was in need of immediate veterinary care the decision was made to seize it. Another dog, a black Shepherd was also sighted in the yard. As the re

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

Aboriginal Circle Court’s ‘Strong’ Sentencing Impresses RSPCA ACT Senior Inspector

An Aboriginal Circle Court has found 37 year old Macquarie woman, Shay Beattie guilty of the failure to provide adequate food for her dog, Thug. Ms Beattie was convicted before the Galambany Court consisting of Indigenous Elders, a specialised court within the ACT Magistrates Court established to sentence Indigenous offenders who plead guilty. Ms Beattie was ordered to pay $1,385 in reparation to RSPCA ACT and received a 2 year Good Behavioural Order, 100 hours of Community Service and a 10 year Animal Ban. RSPCA ACT Senior Inspector Catherine Croatto had this to say regarding the sentence, “W

27 Animals Seized from Kambah Resident Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty Offences

In three cases involving multiple animals seized on five separate occasions, Chantel Carter, a 31 year old Kambah woman, has been convicted and sentenced under the Animal Welfare Act (1992) for failing to provide adequate food, shelter and water, failing to seek veterinary treatment to alleviate pain, as well as neglecting an animal to cause pain. On the 29th April 2015 police attended the defendant’s residence in relation to another matter and noticed dogs in the rear yard that were extremely skinny with their ribs and hip bones visible. Upon further inspection, other animals were located thr

Notice of RSPCA ACT 2016 Annual General Meeting

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RSPCA ACT Inc will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th November 2016 from 6.00pm at the Eastlake Football Club, 3 Oxley St, Griffith ACT 2603. Proposed business to be transacted at the meeting will include: Confirming the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and of any general meeting held since that meeting; and Receiving and considering the Annual Report for 2015/16. In accordance with the RSPCA ACT Constitution as of 28 July 2015, an election of six Elected Directors is only required every two years, and therefore a request for nominations is not needed this year.

Be Transported to Paris with RSPCA ACT’s Cat Film Festival

Bonjour Cat Lovers! It’s that time of year again where we celebrate everything feline! RSPCA ACT is hosting their second annual Cat Film Festival on Saturday, the 19 th November at the Old Bus Depot Markets. This year we’re heading to France with a screening of Disney’s ‘The Aristocats’ . Be transported across the globe to the heart of Paris as Duchess and her kittens introduce you to the wonders of the family favourite film. Browse our stalls for your feline related needs and have a bite to eat at our Caté Lounge while you bask in the ambience of the Parisian atmosphere. This year, members of

PADDLE FOR PAWS: Support Animal Welfare this December

‘Paddle for Paws’ this December! Burley Griffin Canoe Club (BGCC) has selected RSPCA ACT as their charity partner for their annual ‘24 Hour Paddle Challenge’. The event will take place from the 3 rd – 4 th December 2016 and is a fantastic challenge for both competitive and recreational paddlers. Have some fun on the water while raising money for animals in need at the same time. You can paddle solo, or as a competitive or social team with shorter race categories for those who think that 24 hours is too extreme. Never paddled before? Don’t worry, it doesn't matter! Even RSPCA ACT staff members