Community education is the key to the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect. RSPCA South Australia runs education programs which are tailored to the needs of schools and community groups.

School and Kindergarten Talks

RSPCA South Australia’s Empathy Education Program for Reception Kindergarten to Year 4 students aims to build on the natural empathy and curiosity children have towards animals. We believe education is the key to reducing the amount of animal cruelty and neglect we see in the community. It is vital that we start this education early.

The 5 Animal Needs Song - RSPCA South Australia

What’s involved?

A 30-minute interactive session is delivered by a member of our Education team. They use songs, Flash Cards and a Mystery Grab bag to keep the children engaged. At the end of the session the class receives a Five Animal Needs poster for their classroom and a sticker or a bookmark for each student.

Benefits of an Empathy Education visit
A visit from one of our Empathy Education Program volunteers has a number of benefits for young children. Not only will they learn about animals, they learn the ‘respect for others’ principle which can be extended to each other as well as the environment. They are told about the ‘Five Needs of Animals’ which they can take away and implement in their home life.

For more information please contact our Education Officer Heather Bradley on (08) 8205 8000 or email

School Projects

Do you have a question for the RSPCA or need help with a school assignment? Check out our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions here for all you need to know about our organisation.

If you would like information for your class or school, please click here to visit RSPCA’s World of Animal Welfare website.

Adult and Youth Community Groups

The RSPCA South Australia Community Outreach Program will enlighten, entertain and engage all audiences, whether young or old. Presentations are customised according to interests, time available and group objectives. We have a dedicated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of volunteers who provide the sessions which can range from 20-45 minutes.

Topics covered include

  • History of RSPCA South Australia
  • Role and work of Inspectors & Rescue Officers
  • Role and work of our animal shelters and foster care network
  • Education, campaign and advocacy work
  • Ways to get involved and help at-risk animals

For more information please contact Heather Bradley on (08) 8205 8000 or email

Education Volunteer

Become an RSPCA Education Volunteer. It’s easy, fun and rewarding!

RSPCA education volunteers visit school classes to help children understand the needs of animals as well as community groups to raise awareness of how to prevent cruelty and care for at-risk animals.

You will need a driver’s licence and car, be available at least three hours per week, be enthusiastic and enjoy interacting with people. You are also required to have a current Police check, which we can help arrange. We will provide support to help you learn more about the work of RSPCA South Australia, practice sessions before ‘going alone’ and an education resource kit.

Click here to register your interest now.

Companion Animal Programs

Anyone who has furry family members knows the therapeutic value of having pets. Numerous studies have shown that pet ownership is beneficial for both our physical and mental health.

However, age, illness and disability can make caring for a pet difficult. This is where Companion Animal Programs (CAPS) can help.

Run by local councils, these programs provide practical support to people who are struggling to meet all their pet’s needs. Trained and carefully matched volunteers visit participants in their home to provide a wide range of pet care services including dog walking, grooming, bathing, administration of medication and transportation to vet appointments.

To find out more about how your local council can set up its own Companion Animal Program, RSPCA South Australia has compiled a detailed Toolkit. Much of the information contained in this Toolkit is based on the successful Companion Animal Program run by the City of Charles Sturt. RSPCA South Australia is indebted to the City of Charles Sturt for their support with this project, made possible thanks to a Positive Ageing Grant provided by the South Australian Government’s Office for the Ageing.

Download your free Companion Animal Program Toolkit: RSPCA Companion Animals Program Toolkit