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

  • SAFE Issues an SOS

    A steep hike in air freight charges is threatening SAFE’s animal re-homing operations. The ability to fly animals out of  north-west Western Australia has been an integral part of the life-saving work of Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) since its inception in 2003. Thousands of animals in need of homes have previously been saved by being flown to Perth for adoption but a 400 per cent increase in charges introduced by Qantas last month makes this option no longer financially viable.


  • 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
  • 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
Dec 8th

Adopt Floyd

from Gold Coast Re-homing Centre

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

  • Australian Cattledog / Labrador
  • Male
  • 1 year 7 months

Floyd is an almost two year old Labrador x Cattle dog. He would love an owner willing to teach him some tricks so he can make the most of his clever personality. Floyd already knows the basics and would love to show how he can improve his skills. Floyd gets on well with other dogs and would be great as a companion pet for an existing dog.

Meet Floyd at Animal Welfare League QLD Gold Coast Rehoming Centre, Shelter Road Coombabah. Phone 0755099030 or visit

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

Adopt Chester

from Ingleside Shelter

Animal Welfare League NSW
Kemps Creek Shelter
1605 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek, 2178
(02) 8899 3333

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Male
  • 4 years 7 months

Hi, I'm Chester. I'm a really sweet dog with lots of love to offer an active person. I can sometime get nervous during storms and need someone who understands how to make me feel comfortable and safe during these times. I can be shy of new people but once I know them I'm very friendly. I am looking for an experienced dog owner and would make a great addition to a mature family with teenagers or active couple. Come and meet me soon at the AWL Kemps Creek 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 Ruby

from Wingfield Shelter

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

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier x Labrador Retriever
  • Female
  • 2 years old

I am a sweet and smiley Staffordshire Bull Terrier X Labrador Retriever who is only two
years old. When I arrived at the AWL I was very timid and scared… With the love and encouragement I have received from the AWL team, I am becoming braver and I’m ready to find my very own loving home.Attending doggy school together will not only help build my confidence, we will also learn a lot about each other!

Please spend some time getting to know me –you’ll soon see what a true ‘gem’ I am! Come and meet me at the AWL SA at 1-19 Cormack Road, Wingfield or call on (08) 8348 1300.

Adopt Bowa

from the Dogs' Homes of Tasmania

Dogs' Homes of Tasmania
(03) 6243 5177

  • Hound X
  • Female
  • 5 years old

If your top-3 attributes in a new friend are smart, good looking and affectionate, Bowa is the girl for you! She enjoys relaxing at your feet, being with people and when outside will require secure 6 foot fencing.

Bowa is well socialised with dogs of all sizes so a doggy pal to hang out at home with would be ideal. Being toilet trained she makes a wonderful companion inside and loves nothing more than chilling out watching the T.V. Sociable around older children, this girl will fit into just about any household- with Bowa you will be rewarded with a friend for life!

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

Adopt Trinity

from SAFE Karratha

SAFE Karratha

  • White and Tabby
  • Female
  • 6-7 weeks

Just look at those amazing eyes! Trinity is a young White and Tabby based in Karratha, on the lookout for her loving forever home.

To enquire about Trinity, please contact SAFE Karratha on 08 9185 4634 or use the web form at

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