RSPCA NSW runs courses about animal care and welfare for all age groups.

School Holiday Program

Our School Holiday Program is an opportunity for children and teens to spend either a half or full day at an RSPCA NSW shelter or Care Centre.

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!

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!
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.


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.


Come and spend a day at RSPCA NSW during the school holidays, meeting our inspectors, shelter staff, veterinarians and veterinary nurses. You’ll learn about looking after the animals who come into our care. Plus, you’ll lend a helping hand!

Program activities may include:

  • a tour of the inspector shed, shelter and veterinary hospital
  • cleaning and preparing rabbit and guinea pig hutches
  • conducting health checks on the animals
  • grooming animals
  • making enrichment toys for the animals

Please note RSPCA NSW uses plush toys for all scenarios.


Animal careers

If you’ve decided that you want to work with animals, then this session will show you various options that will help you pursue your passion. You’ll get the chance to meet several experts in their field and engage in a hands-on activity to experience what each role entails.

RSPCA experts you may meet include:

  • animal attendants
  • inspectors
  • pet trainers
  • veterinarians
  • veterinary nurses