Stage 2

Dog Safety

Students will learn how to safely interact with dogs, covering four key messages:

  1. Interpreting dog body language
  2. The steps to meeting a dog for the first time
  3. Safe and unsafe situations to interact with dogs
  4. What to do when encountering an unknown dog

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 1-3 classes


Curriculum links

PDHPE: PD2-2 explains and uses strategies to develop resilience and to make them feel comfortable and safe


Responsible Pet Ownership

Students will learn about responsible dog and cat care and cover important aspects of pet ownership including:

  • Food – nutrition
  • Water – staying hydrated
  • Shelter – indoors or outdoors
  • Grooming – short- and long-haired animals
  • Veterinary treatment – worming, flea treatment and desexing
  • Enrichment – keeping pets mentally and physically stimulated

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 1-2 classes


Curriculum links

Science: ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things


RSPCA in the Community

RSPCA NSW has over 140 years of history in New South Wales and has played an important role in preventing cruelty to animals and advocating for their welfare.

Students will learn about the different roles within RSPCA NSW including animal attendants, inspectors and veterinarians. Case studies will be presented to students to look at how the organisation helps animals in their local community and how the students themselves can help animals.

Duration: 30 -45 minutes

Group size: Any number of students or classes


Curriculum links

History: HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time


Sustainability & Pets

With over 60 per cent of Australian households with one or more pets, it is important to look at the impact our furry friends have on the environment. This program will cover the various ways we can lessen our pets’ carbon footprint including:

  • Reusable and DIY enrichment
  • Recycled litter
  • Non-plastic poo bags
  • Keeping cats indoors

Duration: 30 minutes

Group size: Any number of classes


Curriculum links

History: HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time


Cats in the Community

RSPCA NSW had 15,688 kittens and cats come through our shelter doors in the last financial year, so we’re always finding ways to advocate for their rehoming and protection.

Students will learn about the impact of stray and semi-owned cats in the local community and environment. We will also explore before and after cat cruelty cases. Importantly, we will discuss the ways in which students can help improve the welfare for felines in the community.

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 1-2 classes


Curriculum links

Science: ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things


Animal Welfare Campaign: Should animals be kept in cages?

This program can be used as stimulus for a persuasive text module in the classroom and will present the views and policies of RSPCA NSW on the following examples of animals in cages:

  • Caged hens laying eggs
  • Puppies caged in puppy factories
  • Exotic animals kept in cages for circus entertainment

Duration: 45 minutes

Group size: 1-2 classes


Curriculum links

English: EN2-10C thinks imaginatively, creatively and interpretively about information, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts


Frequently asked questions

The welfare of our shelter animals is paramount, so we do not bring live animals to our incursions. We do use life-size plush animals to complement our messages.

We don’t have set fees for our incursions, but as a charity we do ask for a donation. This may be monetary such as a gold coin per student or a collection of items for our shelter animals such a bedding, treats or toys.

Please email our Education team at education@rspcansw.org.au or call us on 02 9782 4478.