If you need a list of dog shelters in NSW, below we’ve featured 10 of the best.
1. Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (Sydney)
The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is a non-profit animal shelter – the only of its kind in Sydney, NSW. To date, the organization has reunited almost 800 pets with their families, has found new homes for over 2300 pets, and has placed nearly 1000 animals in foster care. As well as operating a shelter, this group runs many valuable community programs across the city.
Prior to adoption, all dogs are examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for worms and fleas, microchipped, and registered. You can view their available dogs here – they also offer three-week trial adoptions if you are not sure whether you’re ready for the responsibility of owning a dog. The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home relies heavily on donations – click here to make a contribution.
2. Animal Welfare League NSW (Kemps Creek)
In the last year, Animal Welfare League NSW has adopted over 2000 animals into loving new homes. They have also investigated over 700 reports of animal cruelty, spayed/neutered over 7000 animals, fostered over 500 pets, and provided veterinary care for more than 6500 animals. Based in Kemps Creek, NSW, this organization is run by a dedicated group who care immensely about animal welfare.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog from Animal Welfare League NSW, visit this page to see their dogs. If you’re not quite ready to commit, consider fostering a dog instead. This non-profit organization relies heavily on donations – you can make a tax-deductible donation here.
3. Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter (Taren Point)
Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter is a city-run shelter based in Taren Point, NSW. The shelter provides a temporary home for dogs (and also cats) that are picked up as strays, have been abandoned, are surrendered by their owners, or are victims of cruelty. Pets that can’t be returned to their families are adopted into loving new homes.
Before being listed for adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. All pets also undergo a temperament evaluation to ensure they can be placed in an appropriate home. View the dogs currently available for adoption here.
4. Liverpool Animal Shelter (Liverpool)
The Liverpool Animal Shelter is based in Liverpool, NSW, and takes a no-kill approach when it comes to caring for animals. The shelter takes in dogs, cats, and sometimes other pets that are found as strays or surrendered by their owners. While some are reunited with their owners, others are available for adoption.
Prior to adoption, all animals are spayed/neutered (or if the pet is too young, a voucher is provided), microchipped, treated for fleas and worms, and vaccinated. If you think you’re ready for the commitment, adoptable dogs can be viewed here.
5. Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter (Mulgrave)
The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is where most lost, stray, abandoned, and neglected pets in the Mulgrave area end up. When pets cannot be reunited with their families, or if they are in need of new homes, they are listed for adoption here. The adoption fee varies for each animal (depending on a number of factors, including age and the amount of veterinary care the animal required), but usually includes microchipping, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgery.
6. Animal Adoption Agency (Llandilo)
Based in Llandilo, NSW, Animal Adoption Agency is operated by a husband and wife who are committed to giving animals in need a second chance at life. Animals in their care are given first-class treatment, and the shelter has a no-kill policy to ensure that each pet has the time they need to find their forever home.
Animals at the Animal Adoption Agency are picked up as strays or surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them. You can view the available dogs here, or you can give a much-needed donation to the Animal Adoption Agency here.
7. Campbelltown Animal Care Facility (Campbelltown)
The Campbelltown Animal Care Facility is where stray animals are housed until they can be reunited with their owners. Based in Campbelltown, NSW, the facility also takes in animals from owners who need to surrender them, and have several community programs to help reduce pet overpopulation across the city.
As well as housing animals at the shelter, the facility promotes pet registration, spay/neuter surgery, and microchipping of all pets. Pets that can’t be reunited with their families or need new homes are listed for adoption here. If any of these great animals catch your eye, contact the shelter to arrange a meeting. The adoption fee for all dogs is $328.
8. Albury Pound Animal Shelter (Hamilton Valley)
The Albury Pound Animal Shelter is located on the southern NSW border with Victoria, in the Hamilton Valley area. It serves the townships of Greater Hume, Wodonga, Towong, Indigo, Urana, and Albury. This shelter acts as a holding site for lost or abandoned animals from these areas, until their owners can collect them or new homes can be found.
Before being adopted, all animals are spayed/neutered (as long as they are over six months of age), dewormed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Adoption fees vary for each dog, depending on whether they are already microchipped, the medical care that is required, and other factors. View the animals available for adoption here.
9. RSPCA Hunter Shelter (Rutherford)
The RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter is one of the many RSPCA animal shelters across NSW. Based in Rutherford, this shelter provides care and veterinary assistance to animals that are neglected, sick, injured, or abandoned. Some animals are surrendered by their owners, others are brought in as strays, and some are taken from cruel or abusive situations.
As well as offering animals for adoption, the shelter also offers school holiday programs, volunteering opportunities, and a foster care program for those who might not be ready to adopt. There’s also a veterinary hospital on-site. If you are considering adoption, you can view the available dogs here.
10. Glenfield Road Animal Shelter (Glenfield Park)
The Glenfield Road Animal Shelter is in Glenfield Park and serves the greater Wagga Wagga area. The shelter is modern, and houses over 1500 dogs and 600 cats every year. As well as offering animals for adoption, the shelter also provides microchipping and pet registration services.
All animals listed here for adoption have undergone a veterinary exam, are spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, and registered. Adoption fees vary from $287 to $357, depending on the age and sex of the dog. View the available pets here.
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