Ph (02) 8899 3333

Adopting a dog


All dogs available for adoption through AWL have been behaviour assessed before being matched with prospective owners to help ensure we find the right home for each pet. In addition they are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, on flea control and have been wormed.

Adoption fees for shelter dogs:

  • Dogs under 7 years - $350
  • Purebred dogs under 7 years (with papers) - $400
  • Dogs over 7 years - $200
  • Dogs over 11 years - $125
  • Puppies (under 6 months) - $500

Adoption fees for dogs through our regional Branches are set by the local branch and listed on each animal's profile. 

Please call us on 8899 3333, or come by and visit us when you are ready to adopt an animal so we can discuss your options in adopting the right companion pet for you.

Making the right match in 5 easy steps:

1. Getting started

Our shelter at Kemps Creek is open 7 days a week from 10 am until 3.30 pm for adoptions. We recommend you bring the entire family, including any exisiting dogs in your care.

2. Talk to our expert staff

Our experienced shelter staff will guide you through the completion of our adoption questionnaire to gather key information about your lifestyle, as AWL aims to match each individual or family with the right pet.

3. Getting to know the right dog

Once your questionnaire has been completed our experienced shelter staff will discuss suitable puppies or dogs for your lifestyle. You will then get to meet each dog one on one in the company of a shelter staff member.

If you already have another dog or dogs, we encourage you to bring these pets to meet a potential new pet, to make sure everyone gets along.

4. Take your time

Choosing a new companion should never be rushed, take your time to get to know each dog recommended by the shelter staff.

If the first dog you meet is not suitable, that is okay; we usually have a large selection of breeds and personalities looking for loving homes.

5. The adoption

Once you have made your choice, the staff will assist you through the adoption process, so you can take your new family member home. 

Remember, at AWL all adopted dogs come with a 14 day health guarantee, please call the Shelter or AWL Veterinary Hospital with any questions on 8899 3333.

Adoption Application

To meet the dogs currently awaiting homes click here

Don't forget to sign up to Purina Puppy Club, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A FREE Puppy Starter Kit to welcome you to the club
  • A comprehensive care guide to help you look after your new pet
  • Regular updates packed with advice, hints and tips through the first year of your puppy's life
  • Special offers or coupons, tailored for your pet's first meal
  • FREE membership to the National Pet Register 

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