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The school holiday program sessions are held at the Blue Mountains Shelter, Illawarra Shelter, Hunter Shelter, Sydney Shelter and the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah. Participants will have a chance to get up close and personal with cats, dogs, ducks, pocket pets, and maybe even the occasional donkey! Programs and locations are seasonal. During summer and winter school holidays, programs are held at the Hunter Shelter and Sydney Shelter. Autumn and spring sessions are held at the Blue Mountains Shelter, Illawarra Shelter and the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah. Sessions are tailored to specific age groups: 8-11 years, 12-14 years and 15-17 years. If you or someone you know would like to spend their school holidays making some new furry friends, book a session by clicking your selected date below and get started on your adventure today! Holiday Program Cost Sydney Shelter and Hunter Shelter: full-day sessions are $80 Blue Mountains Shelter and Illawarra Shelter: half-day sessions are $40. RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah: half-day sessions are $25. For more information on each of the sessions, please see below. Please note: Due to an exciting cattery rebuild at our Blue Mountains Shelter, we will be unable to hold programs at this location in April. Instead, we will be running more sessions at our Tuggerah Care Centre and Illawarra Shelter. Animal Careers If you are interested in working with animals but aren’t sure where to start, sign up for this program and explore the various careers within the animal industry at RSPCA NSW. You’ll have an opportunity to meet several experts in the field and engage in tasks to get a hands-on experience with different roles. RSPCA experts you may meet include: animal attendants inspectors pet trainers veterinarians veterinary nurses Animal Enrichment No one ever wants to feel bored, and that’s especially true for our shelter animals at RSPCA NSW. Come along to learn the secrets behind our enrichment regime for companion animals and how to help pets exhibit their natural behaviours at home. Put your thinking skills to the test by creating enrichment toys for the shelter dogs, cats, rabbits or birds! Autumn School Holiday Program – Book Now! DateLocationTimeProgramThis program is for Monday 16 April 2018Tuggerah Care Centre10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment8 to 11 yearsFULL Tuesday 17 April 2018Tuggerah Care Centre10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment8 to 11 yearsFULL Wednesday 18 April 2018Tuggerah Care Centre10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment12 to 14 yearsBOOK NOW Thursday 19 April 2018Illawarra Shelter10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment8 to 11 yearsBOOK NOW Friday 20 April 2018Illawarra Shelter10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment12 to 14 yearsBOOK NOW Tuesday 24 April 2018Tuggerah Care Centre10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment12 to 14 yearsBOOK NOW Thursday 26 April 2018Illawarra Shelter10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Animal Enrichment8 to 11 yearsBOOK NOW Friday 27 April 2018Illawarra Shelter10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Animal Enrichment12 to 14 yearsBOOK NOW Friday 13 July 2018Sydney Shelter9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Animal Careers15 to 17 yearsBOOK NOW Animals at RSPCA NSW At any one time there can be dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, ducks or even a donkey or two seeking shelter at RSPCA NSW, waiting to find their forever home. We would like to invite you to spend a day at our shelter learning about what goes on behind the scenes and lending us a helping hand to make sure you and our animals have the best day ever! Activities may include: a tour of the inspector shed, shelter and veterinary hospital cleaning and preparing pocket pet enclosures conducting health checks on shelter animals basic grooming of dogs and cats creating enrichment toys and objects for shelter animals Animal Training Training for our pets doesn’t stop at puppy preschool. It should be an ongoing journey to keep them mentally stimulated and show off how intelligent they really can be! This workshop will give you insights into dog and cat body language and behaviour, as well as provide you with a firsthand experience in the positive training techniques used by RSPCA NSW. Animal Health Would you know what to do in an emergency situation if your pet was injured or in an accident? Learn what it takes to keep your cool under pressure and hear advice and information on steps to help your furry friend. You’ll have a chance to learn animal CPR, take a pulse, bandage and splint and even how to help your pet if they are overheating. Although you will not receive any formal qualifications, this is a good starting point if you are interested in the area of animal health. Animal Art Everyone can appreciate a cute canine or fluffy feline selfie, but have you got what it takes to immortalise them in a professional pet photograph or skillful sketch? Hear from our resident pet photographer and Animania Editor to see what the tricks of the trade are when it comes to capturing our pets’ best angle and shading your way to some pet art!