Opening Hours

Animal Viewing Hours:
(by appointment only)

Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm

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

Incursions

RSPCA ACT is excited to offer Incursions for Preschools, Primary schools, Out of School Hours Care and Childcare. Incursions are perfect for larger groups who are unable to physically visit the shelter. Through these sessions, we aim to promote empathy for animals, understanding of the role of the RSPCA ACT, and an understanding of how to care for pets with respect and love.

Please note that none of our Incursions include live animals. Our shelter animals often come to us scared or stressed and aren’t ready to travel to meet large groups. We do however, bring lots of plush animals to meet, and include some photos and information on some of our current residents!

To find out more please email us at education@rspca-act.org.au. Booking requests can be made using the form below – please note that this is a request only and will be confirmed within 5 working days.

We currently offer 2 Incursion Types:

Early Childhood (suitable for 3 – 5 year olds)

Our Early Childhood Incursions are run by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Activities are focused on empathy for animals, and are based around the Early Years Framework, particularly:

  • Outcome 2 (Children are connected with and contribute to their world)
  • Outcome 4 (Children are confident and involved learners)

An Early Childhood Incursion will typically include:

An animal care themed story We have a range of quality children's literature which helps us to discuss animal care and shelter animals with young children.
Play based animal activities Dress ups, play vet kits, felt boards, pre reading/writing activities, counting activities, playdough mats, building animal environments and more!
Creative activities Stencils, drawing, stamps, creating paper plate animal puppets

Sessions run for 1.5 hours and are suitable for up to 25 children.

A cost of $12 per child will be invoiced prior to the session; this includes preparation and travel time, the guidance of our RSPCA ACT educator for the session as well as all resources for activities. A second invoice will be sent after the session in the case of any extra attendees on the day.

Primary School (Years K-6)

Our Primary Incursion sessions are designed by a qualified primary school teacher. They align with the Australian Curriculum for years K-6 in the areas of:

  • Science
  • Literacy
  • Essential Capabilities: Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social Capability

Session activities are flexible and can be differentiated as needed to suit different individuals and areas of study.

A Primary Incursion session includes:

A PowerPoint presentation This shows the participants our shelter and some of our current resident’s stories. Content can be adjusted to also include information on Dog Safety, Animal Care Careers, General RSPCA ACT, animal training/behaviour or humane farming
Play based experiences (if age appropriate) Including vet/microchip checks on realistic plush animals
Opportunity to create enrichment activities for shelter animals This may include kitten toys, dog food enrichment, mouse tunnels, or more! Activities will depend on the needs of the shelter, interests of the group and available resources
Writing activities (optional) This depends on the year level and may include posters, reflection writing, instructional writing, letters or narratives.

Primary school Incursion sessions run for 1.5 – 2 hours and are appropriate for groups of up to 40 participants.

A cost of $10 per child will be invoiced prior to the session; this includes preparation and travel time, the guidance of our RSPCA ACT educator for the session as well as all resources for activities. A second invoice will be sent after the session in the case of any extra attendees on the day.