All SA shelters closed this Sunday for Million Paws Walk!

This Sunday, May 19, our Lonsdale, Whyalla and Port Lincoln shelters will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC as our staff attend our huge Million Paws Walk event. All three shelters will reopen as usual for adoptions and surrenders on Monday, May 20. We hope to see you at Million Paws Walk!


Education: the key to preventing animal cruelty and neglect

RSPCA South Australia currently runs education talks for schools.

We believe education is the key to creating lasting change. Our main aim is to help young people develop responsible and caring behaviour toward animals, preventing animal cruelty and neglect in the long-term.

The 5 Animal Needs Song - RSPCA South Australia
RSPCA South Australia education talks

School education talks

Are you a primary school wanting students to learn more about RSPCA and teach compassion to animals?

We can provide a free one-hour presentation to classes of grades 3 to 7. Students learn the importance of empathy towards animals, the five animal needs (known as the five freedoms) and RSPCA South Australia’s mission and vision to prevent animal cruelty.

To ensure all students get the most out of these sessions, we limit presentations to two classes (about 50 students total). Access to a computer and interactive whiteboard is also needed. If you’re interested in booking a talk, please email

Note: Unfortunately due to limited resources, we are not currently offering these education talks to OSHC or community groups. These talks are not suitable for children younger than Year 3.

RSPCA school projects

School projects

Do you have a question for RSPCA South Australia or need help with a school assignment?

First, please check our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions here for all you need to know about our organisation.

If you need more information for your class or school, please visit RSPCA’s World of Animal Welfare website.

Pet care support

Companion animal programs

Are you experiencing illness or disability and finding caring for your pets difficult?

Companion Animal Programs (CAPS) can help. Run by local councils, these programs match trained volunteers with participants for home visits providing a wide range of pet care services. That includes dog walking, grooming, bathing, administration of medication and transportation to vet appointments.

Find out more here about CAPS programs in your area.