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Every year, here at Animal Welfare League Queensland, we take in thousands of animals. This past year alone we have provided a safe haven for 8,443 stray and homeless animals – animals who, without us, would have no hope and no one to care for them. 

To every one of these animals who we welcome through our doors, a promise is made – to never euthanise a healthy, sociable, or treatable animal in our care. We do everything possible to find them a happy home. It doesn’t matter how long it takes – we’ll never give up trying to provide them with the second chance they all deserve. We look after them as if they are part of our own family. 

To see the location of our animal rehoming centres please click here. 



Welcoming a new furry companion into your home is an exciting time and our aim to make this experience as fun and seamless as possible for you. 

To ensure you are happy with your new companion animal, and they will be happy in their new home, our team will discuss with you what you are looking for in your new furry friend. 

Please ensure you come prepared with the following: 

  • If you rent please check that you are allowed to have a pet. Lots of animals are surrendered due to people not being able to find pet-friendly accommodation, we don’t want you to be in this situation. 
  • Identification (driver’s license or 18+ Card) 
  • If you already have a dog and you are looking to adopt another, please bring your existing dog to meet your potential new dog to ensure they get along. This is not necessary if adopting a cat. 
  • If you have children it is wise to bring them along to ensure they are confident with the new pet. 
  • It’s important to research the breed of the pet before coming to adopt. The Purina Breed Selector selector has excellent information to help you make an informed decision before deciding to adopt your new pet. 



All cats and dogs are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, treated for the prevention of fleas and worms and may be eligible for 3-months free pet insurance with RACQ insurance (conditions apply). 

At our Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre we invest approximately $660.00 into each animal to prepare them for adoption, this money is never fully recouped. 

When you adopt a higher-priced animal from us, not only are you giving this animal a second chance but you are giving many other animals a second chance. The abandoned dog who needs to have his leg amputated to alleviate pain and suffering, the homeless cat who needs lifesaving treatment and the orphaned litters that need around-the-clock care. You will be saving lives! 



AWLQ has a 21-day settling in period so if you change your mind you are welcome to bring your pet back and we will find it a more suitable home. You will receive a refund of the adoption price minus a $50.00 administration fee. 



AWLQ has a retail shop at each animal rehoming centre where you can purchase everything your new pet requires. From food bowls, food and bedding to kitty litter and scratching posts. We also have a wide range of collars, leashes, grooming products, worming tablets, shampoo and toys available. 

All money raised from our retail shops goes back into caring for the animals who are still waiting for a new home. 



  • All prices are subject to change and $0 amounts are yet to be priced. 
  • Animals with a status of Available for Adoption – awaiting spay/neuter are only available for foster to adopt as they are awaiting desexing. Adoptions will be finalised once the animal has been desexed. 
  • Pocket Pets (Guinea Pigs & Rats) are only available for adoption from Tuesday through to Saturday from the Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre. 
  • Terms and conditions apply to the adoption of AWLQ animals – please contact the relevant animal rehoming centre for further information 
  • Council registration for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich residents are required at the time of adoption. For more information on council registration please visit: