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Official Name: Animal Welfare League of South Australia
Year Founded: 1964
Chief Executive: Grant Robb
Chairman: Dr Phil Reeve
Headquarters: Wingfield, SA, Australia
Members: 3,500
Mission: The provision of the highest quality animal care, community awareness and support, which is recognised for its contribution to animal welfare.
Language Spoken: English
# Countries Active: Australia
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Phone: (08) 8348 1300
Areas of Focus: Animals, Conservation
Organisation Type: Non-profit corporation

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Animal Welfare League of South Australia

Country: Australia

About Us

The Animal Welfare League of SA (AWLSA) is a leading animal welfare and care provider recognised for the provision and development of services for animals in need.

Established in 1964, AWLSA operate the state's largest animal shelter and lead the industry in re-homing lost and abandoned animals, around 20,000 per annum.

AWLSA is proud of its contribution, together with other industry stakeholders, in providing a high quality animal care facility and related services to the state's animals, their owners and the broader community.

AWLSA has a dedicated membership base of over 3,500 financial members and an elected Board who govern the activities of the organisation including long-term strategic direction and governance responsibilities.


The AWLSA is the result of over 40 years of tireless work by staff and volunteers who care about the welfare of lost and abandoned companion animals.

We pride ourselves on providing the best care possible for South Australia’s less fortunate companion animals.

Through the years we have relied on the generous donations from kind animal lovers in South Australia.

The AWLSA was formed in 1964 by a very generous woman named Joy Richardson. Originally located on Magill Road in Norwood, the property consisted of a cottage, two shops and a very large, unkept garden. After much hard-work the garden was cleared and it became the first cattery of the Animal Welfare League. The cottage consisted of five rooms and was used for general administration, council meetings and for raising the much needed funds to bulid more pens and exercise rows.

It was in 1966 that the Lost Dogs society and the AWLSA merged and began working together at Horsnell Gully. This property consisted of a four room cottage built on the side of a gully and 12 acres of land. A creek ran along the front of the kennels and this water was used in the cottage and for washing the kennel bedding. Over time the AWLSA became more financially secure, water was connected to the property and further staff were hired.

It is a sad reality that over the next decade the numbers of lost and abandoned animals continued to grow and the AWLSA realised it was time to re-locate to larger premises.

Our current shelter in Wingfield officially opened its doors to the many lost cats and dogs of South Australia in the mid-seventies, after many councils were approached for assistance. There was some doubt over the Wingfield site, but over the years it has proved to be a very wise decision.  The Wingfield shelter was opened by the Premier of SA, Don Dunstan, in 1976.

Today, the AWLSA operates on a busy schedule, looking after stray and abandoned animals, with dedicated staff and volunteers working to raise money for the future survival of this crucial service. The AWLSA receives no direct Government financial support, other than minor assistance for providing a pound service for over 20 councils.

The AWLSA is a recognised 'not for profit' charity. We rely on memberships, donations and bequests to continue our care of the animals, so any help you can give is greatly appreciated.

We are open to the public every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) for people looking for their lost pets or Tuesday - Sunday for people wanting to give an abandoned companion animal a second chance at a 'forever' home.

Over the AWLSA's 43 year history we have re-homed thousands of abandoned companion animals and returned many ill-treated dogs and cats back to good health. We have come a long way since 1964 and we will continue to strive for a world full of responsible pet owners.

How to donate

The Animal Welfare League relies heavily on financial donations. We could not continue to care for thousands of companion animals each year if it wasn't for the generosity of the public. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.,ProductName

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