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

  • 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.


  • AWLA welcomes SAFE Inc

    The President of Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA), Dr Liz Walker is pleased to announce the new membership of animal rescue organisation SAFE Inc as the Western Australian arm of the national body.

    In announcing the membership, Dr Walker said, “As a leading voice in companion animal welfare in Australia, it is important AWLA has both national input and national reach. SAFE Inc plays a highly effective role in providing good outcomes for dogs and cats across Western Australia and we recognise and appreciate the commitment and depth our newest member brings to our work”.



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Adopt from one of our Shelters

this year
as of
Oct 9th

Adopt Curtis

from Gold Coast Re-homing Centre

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

  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Male
  • 8 years 2 months 3 weeks
  • Animal ID: 26183

I’ve been described as a distinguished, handsome older gentleman, and apart from the “older gentleman” title, who am I to argue! I arrived at the shelter as a stray back in July and have been waiting patiently since then for my new humans to come and find me.

Now, I may not be as young as some of the other cats here, but I am still a lovable, sociable companion and have the wisdom and manners that come with maturity too. I am a friendly fellow and love to keep you company. I will greet you with a loud “meow” and even come when called. I am, of course, housetrained and like to help out with household chores by opening the cupboards for you. I am also sociable with some dogs and cats.

I’d really like to find my new family and settle down, so if you’re looking for a lovely older gentleman, come in and meet me. I might be the purrfect fit for your family!

Come and meet me at the Animal Welfare League QLD Gold Coast Rehoming Centre or phone 0755099000 for more information

Adopt Simon

from Kemps Creek Shelter

Animal Welfare League NSW
Kemps Creek Shelter
1605 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek
(02) 8899 3333

  • Male
  • 8 months old

Hello there, I'm Simon, a cute little guy looking for his new forever home. I am only 8 months old and I love to explore and play like most cats my age do. I also purr like crazy when being cuddled. I would make to perfect companion pet you can grow old with. Come and meet me today at the AWLNSW Kemps Creek shelter or call 02 8899 3333 for more information right meow.

Adopt Pompey

from Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Melbourne

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

  • Jack Russell X
  • Male
  • 13 years
  • Microchip # - A8765

Hi there, I’m Pompey. I’ve come to the Lort Smith Adoption Centre to find a new home as my previous owner had to move into aged care and unfortunately I couldn’t go with him. I’m an older boy myself and am looking for a lovely home to retire to. My new family will be comfortable and knowledgeable about the needs of an older pooch and will take me to the vet for regular check-ups to help keep me in good health. I am on medication for dry-eye and this needs to be applied daily for the rest of my life. Even though I’m getting on in years, I still have plenty of get up and go in me and love nothing more than a daily walk. Give me a home and I’ll give you all the love I have!

All dogs seven years and over at Lort Smith, including Retro, are available for adoption for a voluntary contribution. This means people choose how much they offer Lort Smith when adopting these animals. We want to make sure these older animals get re-homed and back to a peaceful routine as soon as possible.

Adopt Boofy

from Wingfield Shelter

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

  • Boxer X American Bulldog
  • Male
  • 5 years

I am a big and beautiful five year old Boxer X American Bulldog, who has lots of love to give!

Being a large dog I would love to find a family who have had experience with large breeds as I sometimes forget how big and strong I am! As I am not used to living with small children I may be better suited to a home without them.

If you think you could love this gorgeous face and have the time to take me to training so I can work on my manners, please spend some time getting to know me. Come and meet me at AWL SA at 1-19 Cormack Road, Wingfield or call on (08) 8348 1300.

Adopt Buster

from the Dogs' Homes of Tasmania

Dogs' Homes of Tasmania
(03) 6243 4177

  • Siberian Husky X
  • Male
  • 1 year old

This gorgeous little outlaw will steal your heart. He has beautiful manners inside, is very gentle when taking food from you and knows how to sit and lay when asked. Buster would suit a home with a fully fenced backyard and another doggy playmate to keep him company, as he can be a bit of an escape artist if he gets bored!

He enjoys playing with older children and even the house hold moggie is a friend to snuggle up to. Buster loves to lie over your lap and have a daily talk to you at the end of the day. He puts the “gentle” in Gentleman! Get in touch with Dogs' Homes of Tasmania on (03) 6243 4177 to find out more about Bonnie.

Adopt Jake

from SAFE Karratha

SAFE Karratha

  • Black and White
  • Male
  • 6 months

Jake is the uber smoocher! Even with strangers! He cannot resist purring, rubbing against people and seeking pats. If you're at home, he'll be right by your side seeking a pat. To most people, this is annoying. But we know there are those of you who just love this!

He is in foster care at the moment with another cat and dog and they're all tolerating each other but he'd love to be an only cat. He also likes to be right up near his carer's face in bed - so would be more suited to a home with an adult or family with older children. As you can see from the photos, he's a very handsome boy and his nose scrape is almost healed. He'll need a regular brush with his longish coat and we have a feeling that's something Jake won't object to!

He is toilet trained, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.

Live far away? Jake can fly! Qantas Air Freight sponsors SAFE very generously, so flying him is incredibly cheap, quick and very simple. We regularly fly animals around WA and interstate for adoption.

If you or your family crave cat affection, friendly outgoing Jake is your purrfect match!

To find out more about Jasmine, email SAFE Karratha through the SAFE website:

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