AWLQ was originally called ‘The Animal Lovers League of the Gold Coast’ and was formed with Neil Andersen as President. The League then went on to be called, the ‘Animal Protection League’ and ‘The Animal Welfare and Protection League’, before becoming the ‘Animal Welfare League of Qld Inc’.
Gold Coast City Council leased to AWLQ a piece of land on Pine Ridge Road, Paradise Point, for a Sanctuary. Members of the AWLQ worked hard to clear the land. The first shelters for the animals consisted of wire netting and packing cases.
The early years were hard with many dedicated people working tirelessly to keep the Sanctuary doors open. The first Opportunity Shop opened in Southport in 1960, the first of eight ‘AWLQ Op Shops’ now in operation, providing a substantial amount of funding towards the care of over 10,000 animals each year.
As the development of housing estates encroached onto the Sanctuary, the AWLQ relocated to the present site on Shelter Road, Coombabah.
AWLQ has grown in the past 50 odd years to become one of the largest animal organisations in Queensland. The AWLQ retains a strong commitment to the rehoming of abandoned cats and dogs.
AWLQ is constantly evolving to better serve the needs of the community’s abandoned animals, and is not afraid to speak out on their behalf. AWLQ works closely with State Government and stakeholder groups to develop legislation to reduce the tragic killing of over 200,000 pets in Australia each year.
Of the original founders, Neil Andersen OAM still remains actively involved with AWLQ.
AWLQ remain indebted to the founding members for their dedication, commitment, and their vision, and to the many unnamed people who have followed in their footsteps, determined to keep their dream alive.
We have been made aware of a telemarketing campaign that is currently occurring where the caller will try to solicit funds by claiming to be from Animal Welfare League Queensland or AWLQ.
Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) does not utilise the services of telemarketing or door-to-door fundraisers for any of our campaigns.
Please be assured that all donations to AWLQ are processed online via our secure payment gateway at www.awlqld.com.au/donate. Please keep this in mind when making a donation, if you are ever unsure call us on 07 5509 9014. Thank you for your continued support!