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AWL NSW Branches


There are 15 Animal Welfare League branches located across NSW. AWL branches are managed and operated by dedicated volunteers. The purpose of our branches is to better position our organisation to assist companion animals in localised areas. Scroll down to find your closest branch.

AWL Branches offer the following services:

  • Caring for surrendered animals
  • Adopting dogs, cats, puppies and kittens
  • Assistance with emergency veterinary care for injured animals
  • Subsidised Desexing Program for financially disadvantaged people to have their animals desexed
  • Fundraising and events
  • Building relationships with local Council and community groups to assist with animal welfare issues in the region
  • Some Branches operate Op Shops where people can make donations and purchase items
  • North Coast operate a Cat Adoption Centre
  • Some Branches operate Infolines for pet advice and information

How to get involved with your local branch

As AWL NSW branches are run by volunteers they are always in need of new faces to join their dedicated teams. There are many roles/opportunities available to help animals at your local branch, some of which may include:

  • Donations: Every branch needs donations in order to survive and continue their work with local animals. Contact your local branch to make a donation, or participate in one of their fundraising events.
  • Events: Branches regularly participate in events to help raise money for their cause. This may be anything from a BBQ at Bunnings to a stall at a local fair. Events are a great way to be involved with your local branch if you can’t commit to set days every week.
  • Fundraising: You can raise money for your local branch by initiating your own fundraising activities. Coin drives at your school and placing donation tins at your place of work are great ways you can raise money to help animals.
  • Foster care: If you have space at your place for an animal awaiting a home you may be able to foster through your local branch. Fostering is a great hands-on experience which gives you the opportunity to see first-hand the difference you’re making.
  • Animal transportation: Sometimes animals in branch care need to travel for appointments and their foster parents or other branch members may not be available to do it. If you have reliable transportation and would like to “help when you can” you can offer your animal transportation services to your local branch.
  • Store assistant: Some of our branches run op shops in their local area. You can help by committing to a regular shift which may involve serving customers or sorting through incoming donations.
  • Admin: Like all organisations, AWL NSW Branches must complete paperwork and hold regular meetings which require minute taking. If you have admin experience you may be able to lend your skill set to your local branch.
  • Photography: Branches that are involved in rehoming animals always need good photography to showcase their animals in the best light. If you have a knack for photography and a love of animals your local branch may be able to utilise your skills.

To find out more about becoming a part of a branch, find your local branch in the list below.

AWL Branch locations are:

AWL NSW Op Shops:

The Central Coast Thrift Shop
Shops 2-4, 7-9 The Boulevard, Woy Woy
Phone (02) 4344 6650

The Great Lakes & Manning Op Shop
Dolphin Arcade, Tuncurry
Open 9.00am - 4.00pm weekdays and 9.00am - 12.00pm Saturdays