Responding to COVID-19

A message from our CEO

Please know we are thinking of you and hope you all stay healthy during this challenging time. We appreciate the continued support you show to animals.

When Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) was founded in 1959 a commitment was made to provide abandoned and homeless animals a second chance at life. During the 60 years since this has not changed – we have rehomed 168,000 animals, saved many thousands more through our community programs and we continue to work tirelessly every day to create a brighter future for animals in need.

These are difficult and uncertain times for all of us. Despite this, our commitment has not changed – we are here for the abandoned and homeless animals in our community and we will continue to create a brighter future for animals in need.

The dedication we are seeing from our supporters, staff and volunteers to the animals in our care is second to none – I  am continually inspired by the incredible compassion and determination to ensure we continue to maintain the high standards of animal care we always provide. AWLQ simply could not continue our lifesaving work without you.

In response to COVID-19 we have developed new rehoming initiatives so we can continue our lifesaving animal adoption program. If you are interested in adopting an animal I encourage you to visit our adoption section to view the animals currently available. For more information on services currently provided at your nearest Animal Rehoming Centre please click here.

We have been very fortunate to receive an overwhelming, and generous, response from the community with offers to foster. As a result 473 animals are now being cared for by our incredible foster carers. This proactive measure will ensure we keep our animals, staff, volunteers, and customers safe.

AWLQ will still be here for abandoned and homeless animals – it is clear to us that now more than ever, our community support work is critical. We are currently putting plans in place to assist our community and our team will be providing as much advice and support as we possibly can to anyone seeking our assistance with their beloved companion.

Once we have navigated through these challenging times we have so many exciting plans for the remainder of 2020. I look forward to sharing these with you in the very near future.

Please take comfort in knowing that AWLQ will always be here for abandoned and homeless animals and our incredible team will continue to work tirelessly every day, to ensure we keep the commitment made to these animals 60 years ago.

Together, we can get through this and continue to create a brighter future for animal in need.

Please stay safe and take care,

Denise Bradley
Chief Executive Officer

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We have introduced a number of operational changes.

Assisting AWLQ

Any support to continue oru lifesaving work would be greatly appreciated.

Boredom Busters

The benefits of increasing indoor activities with your cat or dog.

Community Support

Find out how AWLQ are supporting our community during this time.

Community Vet Clinics

Our CVC’s remain open offering affordable and quality veterinary care.


We know there is a lot of uncertainty and questions at the moment.

Foster Update

All the latest updates and register your interest in becoming a foster carer.


Our latest media release and contact information for our media team.

Outside of the pound

Assisting to prevent stray and homeless animals within your community.