Keep Your Pets Safe this Public Holiday

Keep Your Pets Safe this Public Holiday

This Australia Day, all RSPCA NSW shelters and facilities will be closed. However, our call centre is open every day for emergencies and animal cruelty reports and can be reached on (02) 9770 7555.

Australia Day means there will be plenty of barbeques, outings and… heat. This summer is sure to be a scorcher, so it’s important to know how to properly care for your pet. Check out our top tips below and make sure you're prepared!

  • H2O – make sure your dog has access to plenty of cool water at all times.


  • Fireworks safety – a dog’s hearing is 10 times more sensitive than ours. Make sure your pooch has exercised and been fed before the fireworks start to help keep them calm. Where possible, cuddle up close to your dog and enjoy a night of Netflix. Read more about pet fireworks anxiety here.

  • Barbeques – don’t give your pet cooked bones or any party foods. Read more about what foods your dog should avoid here.

  • Sunscreen – put some animal-friendly sunscreen onto your pooch if you’re spending time in the sun. Buy it here.

  • Parties – visiting friends is a busy time, so make sure your pet doesn’t make an escape in all the bustle. Ensure they’re not left unattended or accidently shut into a hot room.

  • Water safety – not all dogs can swim well, so be sure to always keep a close eye on them around water. Getting a dog life jacket is a good idea too!


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  1. The initiative runs in New South Wales only from 24 February to 26 February 2017 inclusive.
  2. The initiative applies to all animals available for adoption at RSPCA NSW shelters, Care Centres and participating Petbarn Adoption Centres only. The initiative does not extend to RSPCA NSW animals offered for adoption through RSPCA Volunteer branches.
  3. Animals adopted during the initiative are subject to availability. Should all available animals be rehomed prior to the end of the initiative, the offer will no longer be honoured. No rainchecks are available.
  4. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  5. RSPCA NSW retains the right to refuse an adoption if it does not comply with standard operational processes.
  6. A maximum of two adoption animals may be adopted by any household.
  7. No animal will be placed on hold for any period. Adoption must be by personal attendance at one of the abovementioned facilities.
  8. Photographic personal identification must be presented at the time of adoption.
  9. A suitable carry cage must be used to transport birds, felines and small animals, including pocket pets, from the premises and during the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate carrier, you can purchase a carrier at the time of adopting your companion. Cardboard carriers are available to purchase for $10 from RSPCA shelters and Care Centres while stocks last.
  10. Suitable leads and harnesses must be used to transport canines from the premises. Canines must be appropriately restrained within the vehicle for the journey home. If you do not have access to an appropriate lead and harness, suitable equipment is available for purchase at the time of adoption while stocks last.
  11. Suitable transport for livestock and horses must be considered prior to adoption, and animals must be collected on the day of adoption.
  12. We understand that sometimes, despite your and RSPCA NSW’s best endeavours, your new pet doesn’t settle into your lifestyle. For this reason, you can return any animal to a RSPCA NSW shelter within 21 days from the time of collection to receive a replacement authorisation in accordance with our replacement policy, or a refund of the adoption fee paid. Please note: merchandise purchased cannot be returned as part of the replacement of an animal. Should a product be faulty, you can return that product, in its original condition, to the facility you purchased the merchandise from within seven (7) days and RSPCA NSW will replace that item.