Every year there are many reports of dog bites. The majority of these reports involve children who have been unsupervised. If children learn how to be safe around dogs, there is more chance they will avoid being bitten.
• Interpreting dog body language
• How to safely approach and pat dogs
• How to behave when encountering a dog without an owner
The RSPCA receives over 45,000 animals across our NSW shelters each year. The majority of these animals have been surrendered, neglected, cruelly treated or injured. Students will develop a basic understanding of the needs of animals and will learn more about the responsibilities involved in owning and caring for an animal.
• Discussion of the RSPCA and its role in the community
• Recognise the needs of a pet and how to be a responsible pet owner
Cats and dogs are amazing creatures. They have been our friends and companions for hundreds of years, but yet they are easy targets for abuse and violent crimes. Students will learn about the history and importance of cats and dogs, explore misconceptions surrounding animal behaviour that leads to acts of cruelty, and discuss the importance of responsible pet ownership and desexing.
• History of cats and dogs (appreciation)
• Cruelty cases – Balance of power
• Responsible pet ownership (desexing and strays)
It is great for students to become actively involved and for them to realise they have the power to contribute to positive changes that occur in the world in relation to animals. Students will be challenged to think about animal welfare issues through discussions on current RSPCA campaigns and animal case studies. They will gain a greater understanding of the role of the RSPCA as a non-government, community-based charity and how they can become involved.
• RSPCA’s role as a community based charity
• Individual’s role in animal welfare
• How to get involved and help the RSPCA
The RSPCA has a number of ongoing campaigns to improve the welfare of animals. Campaigns are a great way for community members, young and old, to get involved with the RSPCA and to assist in our mission “to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection”.
RSPCA NSW Education School Holiday Program was launched in January 2012 at the Sydney Shelter. It provides a unique opportunity for children and youths to see first hand how RSPCA NSW operate with the Southern Hemipshere’s largest animal shelter, one of Australia’s biggest team of Vets and home to the famous ‘Animal Rescue’ crew – the main animal law enforcement body in the State. Click HERE to view our current April 2012 School Holiday Program.
RSPCA NSW Education Team welcomes opportunities to provide information to the community at events and fairs.
If you would like to book a visit at your early childhood centre, primary or highschool, community group or event, contact the Education Department on 9782 4477 or at firstname.lastname@example.org