Our Promise

We will provide you with the opportunity to be compassionate and support excellence in shelter and rescue services for the care and welfare of companion animals. With the expertise and leadership of our state member organisations, we work in a unified way to find homes for every healthy animal in need.

Our Vision:

A compassionate community dedicated to providing safe and caring homes for pets.

Our Mission:

To create, uphold and encourage the highest standards of health, care and welfare for pets in our community.

We do this by:

  • promoting the human-animal bond and responsible pet ownership through national campaigns, partnerships and initiatives.
  • supporting our members to operate at the highest possible standards.
  • collaborating between our members to identify and communicate best welfare practice.

Our Values:

Tenacity tenacity

Like a dog with a bone, AWLA is determined to achieve its goals and realise its vision of a responsible community, providing safe and caring homes for all companion animals.


Compassion compassion

Pets bring out the best in people and our commitment to animal welfare brings out the best in AWLA as a caring and compassionate organisation.


Courage courage

Our animal companions are often brave and irrepressible. AWLA aims to be equally courageous and spirited, meeting challenges head on and making the most of every situation in pursuit of our goals.


Trust trust

Our companion animals trust us completely and AWLA works to earn that trust through the highest standards of integrity, transparency and professionalism in all aspects of our work.


Joy joy

The animal-human bond brings great joy to all who seek and experience it. AWLA seeks to create that sense of joy in our activities and in our relationships with members, stakeholders and animal lovers everywhere.