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 Darcy

from Kemps Creek Shelter

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

  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Male
  • 2 years 7 months old

Hey, I'm Darcy. I'm an absolutely beautiful pup with lots of energy. I enjoy being active and outside playing. I'd love an experienced owner who will play with me and give me a little more training. I would do best if I'm the only household pet so I can lap up all the attention. Come by and meet me 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 Veronica

from Wingfield Shelter

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

  • Tortoiseshell
  • Female
  • 1 and a half years

I am a stunning 1 ½ year old dark tortoiseshell girl who is very fun to be around! I can be very affectionate and loving but I am very active and love to play – think of all the laughs I will bring to your life! I would love to find a family who will give me lots of love and also provide me with toys and enrichment products to keep me occupied.

If you think I would be a good match for your family please spend some time getting to know me. I’m desexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and health checked. Come and meet me at AWL SA at 1-19 Cormack Road, Wingfield or call on (08) 8348 1300.

Adopt Ruby

from the Dogs' Homes of Tasmania

Dogs' Homes of Tasmania
(03) 6243 4177

  • Red Heeler X
  • Female
  • 2 years old

How can you resist that face? Ruby’s beginning to wonder if anyone will ever see past her requirements of needing secure fencing( she loves to be close to you and would easily become a devoted companion), that cats and small animals are definitely for chasing and the fact that she is selective when it comes to whom she spends her doggie time with. Ruby walks well on the lead, loves to travel in the car and her favorite thing ever is “Snuggle” time.

A loving and affectionate lady who loves nothing more than to just “hang out”. If you’re looking for your “heart dog”, Ruby is waiting for you. Being a long termer at the home her adoption fee is $150. Get in touch with Dogs' Homes of Tasmania on (03) 6243 4177 to find out more about Ruby.

Adopt Talulah

from SAFE Esperance

SAFE Esperance

  • Long haired Tortoiseshell and White
  • Female
  • 8 months
  • EC0038

Talulah is very friendly and sweet and loves strokes. If she can't see you she will often call you to find out what you are doing and loves being with you on the couch while you are watching TV.

To find out more about Talulah, email SAFE Esperance through the SAFE website:

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