Opening Hours

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

Animal Viewing Hours:  10am - 4pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

CEO Blog

A view of the shelter from CEO Tammy Ven Dange

Since beginning my role as Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA ACT in Canberra Australia in February 2014, I have been awed and inspired by the work of my team. I won’t lie… there are many sad days. However, there are also plenty of happy endings too.

While we regularly share stories with the public through both traditional and various social media channels, I have found that from time to time that we don’t have the right medium for me to share my own thoughts and feelings about what happens here. This is my attempt to show you, our supporters, another side of our Shelter’s life that you might not see anywhere else as an outsider.

Hope you enjoy this view of life at the Shelter.

Cheers, Tammy

P.S.  Feel free to also follow me on Twitter and Instagram via @tvendange

2017 blog posts

A Face that can Kill – When Breeds Need More than Unconditional Love

Australian Bull Dog with breathing issues
On the 25 th February, an eight-year old Australian Bulldog named Jaxon was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. Like so many other dogs of his breed, he came to us with significant health issues related to his exaggerated features. In order for him to live a healthy and longer life, our vet team would have to perform significant surgery just to help him breath. In Jaxon’s case, his teeth are overcrowded and the soft palate was too loose and floppy to allow for adequate air flow resulting in a daily struggle, much like a person with chronic asthma. Jaxon’s story is not unusual unfortunately. Turn on any

Through Leopold's Eyes

Leopold the dog
He’s still there. Those big brown eyes staring at me through his cage. I walk by his kennel almost every day to say hello. When he sees me, he recognises me instantly. He never fails to show his delight at the extra attention. I walk into the staff only section and reach my fingers through the gate wires to scratch his back first. He rolls over on his back so that I can try to rub his tummy too. If I have time, I might even go into the kennel with him and allow him smoother me with love and leaving me covered in his hair and drool in the process. I don’t have any treats with me this time, but

Breed Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work

Happy Relaxed Pitbull laying on a garden path he has a big pink tongue and a blue grey coat and soft kind eyes
There has been a lot of talk lately about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) for dogs after a number of horrific attacks locally. The entire community including RSPCA ACT has a desire to see a reduction and prevention in dog attacks from occurring. However, using legislation in this manner has proven to be ineffective in reducing dog attacks. What exactly is BSL? It’s the restriction of specific breeds or cross breeds of dogs regardless of their behaviour. The only form of BSL that the Australian Capital Territory has in place right now is for greyhounds which are required to wear muzzles until

Pet Pool and Beach Safety

Finn the little dog is wearing his life jacket and he is ready for a swim
Summer is well and truly here and many people are already planning their holidays! If you plan to bring your furry companion along with you there are things you should consider. Here are our top tips to ensure that your holiday is everything to remember – for the right reasons! 1. Pet-Friendly? Make sure wherever you’re going allows animals. Some beaches and campsites that normally allow them may have different rules during the busy holiday period. Give them a phone call and do your research. 2. Make sure your pet can swim: When it comes to dogs, some breeds are instinctively comfortable in