Caring for the nation’s animals...

Animal Welfare League Australia...
we’re a national non-profit organisation caring for companion animals across Australia.

Caring for the nation’s animals...

Our affiliated shelters in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS and WA have 300 years of combined experience in caring for pets and their people.
Strengthening the human-animal bond is central to our work.
We believe caring for animals also means supporting the people who share their lives with companion animals.

Latest News

  • New Website to Support Pet Friendly Aged Care

    A national project aimed at keeping older people and their pets together in aged care facilities culminated today in the launch of a new web site

    “The site fills an information gap for aged care providers and older pet owners. A national resource like this has not been compiled before, despite the growing demand for pet-friendly retirement and residential aged care facilities,” said Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA) Executive Officer, Anne Boxhall.

    The simple-to-use website contains listings of pet-friendly facilities for older pet owners and their  families, and provides resources and an interactive forum space for residential aged care providers.


    Pet Friendly Aged Care
  • Dead Last at the Melbourne Cup

    When Admire Rakti went from Cup favourite to dead last, everyone felt the pain – the rider, trainer and the attendants. The crowd, punters, TV viewers, the whole racing industry felt the pain. And the horse? He felt the pain and died.

    Victoria’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act states that “a person who overrides, overdrives, overworks, abuses, beats, worries, torments or terrifies an animal; commits an act of cruelty”.

    Admire Rakti and Araldo paid the highest price to entertain us at this year’s Melbourne Cup.  So did Verema after breaking down in the back straight in last year’s race. Racing horses are at high risk of physical injury or damage, such as lameness and exercise-induced haemorrhage. They race for no essential purpose but in the name of pleasure, money and breeding value.


  • Pets in Aged Care Grant Recipients

    In celebration of World Environment Day on 4 October, Animal Welfare League Australia is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2014 AWLA Pets in Aged Care Grants.

    The small grants, developed to support and maintain the existing bonds between aged care residents and their pets, will enable infrastructure to assist live-in pets and cover costs such as vet bills, grooming, dog walking and feeding.

    AWLA has selected ten recipients across Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales who will use the funding on a range of projects including the installation of pet doors, composting systems, building a chicken coop for silky bantams, a cat run, an aviary upgrade and grooming and veterinary services.


    Dianora with dog Bibi
  • AWLA Calls for National Regulation of Breeders

    Animal Welfare League Australia has welcomed South Australia’s bipartisan commitment to companion animal legislation, hailing the collaboration as a model for other states.

    Opposition Leader Steve Marshall’s recent proposed new laws on breeder registration, licensing and sale of pets support the Weatherill Government’s earlier parliamentary inquiry and push for reforms in the pet industry.

    “It is encouraging to see joint purpose here. True collaboration could bring a prompt halt to irresponsible and cruel breeding practices and end the misery for many animals,” said Anne Boxhall, Executive Officer (AWLA).


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  • Guide to Renting with Pets

    Finding a pet-friendly rental property can be tricky business for tenants.

    With a recent study from the Animal Health Alliance revealing that more than 63 percent of Australian households currently own pets and more than 83 percent of Australians have had a pet in their lifetime, it’s no surprise that pet-friendly rental properties are in high demand.

    Renting with pets makes good sense for tenants and owners, and can be a simple and enjoyable process for all parties. The ACAC has released a series of information brochures to assist tenants, landlords and agents with all aspects of renting with pets.



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Adopt from one of our Shelters

this year
as of
Nov 10th

Adopt Marty

from Gold Coast Re-homing Centre

Animal Welfare League QLD
Gold Coast Re-homing Centre
Shelter Rd, Coombabah
(07) 5509 9000

  • Male
  • 5 years

Five year old Marty is a great little dog who would make a great companion. He plays calmly with other dogs. He won't mind being your one and only, and would absolutely love a daily walk for a bit of exploring. He doesn’t know too many tricks but is very food motivated so would be quick to learn if you showed him a treat.

Meet Marty at the Animal Welfare League Gold Coast Rehoming Centre, phone 0755099030 or visit

Adopt Jenka

from Ingleside Shelter

Animal Welfare League NSW
Ingleside Shelter
11 Cicada Glen Road, Ingleside
(02) 8899 3333

  • Bull Terrier
  • Female
  • 9 years 5 months

Hi, I'm Jenka. I'm a happy and social girl looking for her forever home. I would do best with a mature, experienced owner who could train me to be the best dog I can be. I prefer to be the only pet in the house so I can get all your attention. Come and meet me soon at the AWL Ingleside Shelter or call 02 8899 3333.

Adopt Jackie

from Lort Smith, Melbourne

Lort Smith
24 Villiers St North Melbourne
(03) 9321 7240

  • Jack Russell X
  • Female
  • 5 years
  • Microchip # - A8476

Hi there, my name is Jackie. I am a confident little girl who loves going on walks and attending to doggy business such as sniffing every tree and scratching around on the grass. I love having cuddles and pats. I am a very friendly girl but can be overly confident for my size at times so I will require an owner who will commit to ongoing dog socialisation with me. I would be best suited to a family with no other dogs and no young children. For more information about Jackie, visit

Adopt Misty

from Wingfield Shelter

Wingfield Shelter
19 Cormack Rd
Port Adelaide
(08) 8348 1300

  • Black and White
  • Female
  • 18 months old

I am a loving 18 month old black and white girl who has had to call the AWL home for over 80 days! I arrived with my sister and our kittens - they are all old enough to find loving homes so now it’s my turn to find the family that I long for.

Due to my pale complexion I will need to be an indoor only cat to keep me safe from the sun’s rays! I am a very friendly and inquisitive cat (just look at my beautiful photo!), so if you think I might be the one for you please come and visit me at AWL SA at 1-19 Cormack Road, Wingfield or call on (08) 8348 1300.

Adopt Peyton

from the Dogs' Homes of Tasmania

Dogs' Homes of Tasmania
(03) 6243 5177

  • Heeler X
  • Male
  • 2 years old

Make no mistake; this baby is smart with a capital S! Peyton needs a home that will take him to training, spend time with him meeting new doggy friends (when Peyton meets others he tends to talk a lot so is better with off lead meets at dog parks and beaches) and, most importantly, join a dog club or have another dog for company to take all his working-dog energy and do something spectacular with it!

He is house trained, fantastic with kids of all ages and totally loves going in the car to see new places. Peyton’s personality is fun loving, Loyal and very intelligent. Will you be the one to help Peyton become all that he can be?

Get in touch with Dogs' Homes of Tasmania on (03) 6243 5177 to find out more about Peyton.

Adopt Midget

from SAFE Carnarvon

SAFE Carnarvon

  • Grey Tabby
  • Male
  • 8 weeks

Midget is the smallest of the kittens but he isn’t a shrinking violet. He is well able to stand up for himself in games of rough and tumble. He has been hand raised since 10 days old and is fantastic with kids, dogs and cats.

Midget is the most adventurous of the kits and the first to do any exploring. He is a real character.

Our animals are kept in great health by our Gold sponsors, the girls at the Coral Coast Vet Clinic, and are cared for by SAFE Carnarvon’s invaluable foster carers. They are able to fly thanks to our Gold sponsors Skippers Aviation and Australian Air Express.

Learn more about Midget by enquiring at

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