Established in 1959, Animal Welfare League QLD (AWLQ) works with
optimism, integrity, innovation and initiative to create a brighter future for all companion animals in need.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets, and are renowned for our unique and inventive programs, initiatives and rehoming strategies.

Our organisation was the first in Queensland to open a Community Veterinary Clinic to the public, making essential vet care services accessible for the first time to those owners previously unable to afford treatment for their pets. The charter of AWLQ’s Community Vet Clinics is that no suffering animal is ever to be turned away, despite the owner’s financial circumstances.

AWLQ strives to give every animal in need a second chance and maintains an organisation wide policy of zero euthanasia of healthy animals. We have one of the highest ‘save’ rates in Australia for a shelter of our size, rehoming an average of 800 animals each month from our five South East Queensland locations.


AWLQ’s Rehoming Program is one of the most successful in the country, with an average of 200 animals each week being adopted from our Rehoming Centres and Shelters.

Our team of volunteers and animal-care attendants are dedicated to providing a high quality of care and meeting each animals’ unique needs through training and enrichment programs.

Our on-site veterinarians, health assess, desex, vaccinate and microchip all our dogs and cats before they are placed up for adoption. Further treatment is provided to those animals needing time in foster care before being adopted and those with special needs and surgery.

No time limit is placed on our animals finding a new home; once they arrive in the rehoming kennels, they stay with us until they are adopted. Much effort is made to ensure that no animal lingers too long waiting for a home and AWLQ has over the years developed many innovative campaigns and promotions that highlight our animals for adoption.

AWLQ do not just rehome animals from our Centres and Shelters; we also work with a number of outreach rehoming locations throughout South East Qld, helping to increase our adoption rates and making companion animal adoption more accessible to the community.

 AWLQ is a Registered Deductible Gift Recipient, (Registered Charity NUMBER 422) and is a part of the Australian Charities Fund