The AWLA Team

AWL Queensland
A brighter future for all animals

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) was founded in 1959, when a small group of animal lovers were concerned with the inhumane treatment of impounded dogs.
Now sixty years on, thanks to the vision of the founding committee, AWLQ cares for more than 10,000 stray and homeless animals – providing them a second chance at life.

AWLQ has grown to be one of the largest animal welfare organisations in Queensland and remains commitment to creating a brighter future for animals in need.
With four Animal Rehoming Centres across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, AWLQ works with local councils, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for homeless and surrendered pets.

At a national level AWLQ are renowned for our unique initiatives, rehoming strategies and community support programs, including Getting 2 Zero, National Desexing Network, Golden Hearts Seniors’ Pet Support Program and Community Vet Clinics.

Key achievements:

  • We continue to keep our promise to never euthanise a healthy, sociable or treatable animal in our care.
  • Every year we care for more than 10,000 homeless and surrendered animals and provide them somewhere safe and warm to stay.
  • We reunite more than 3,900 lost animals with their families every year.
  • Rehome more than 6,300 animals every year and provide them a second chance at life.
  • Through the NDN assist with the desexing of 26,000 animals to prevent unwanted litters.
  • Keep animals and their families together by providing $1.3 million in charitable support for urgent treatments through our Community Vet Clinics every year.
  • Through our Golden Hearts Seniors’ Support Program we continue to assist elderly persons who have been hospitalised with the emergency boarding of their pets.

Visit us at or @AWLQLD for more information.


Coombabah Rehoming Centre

Shelter Road
Coombabah QLD 4216

Beenleigh Rehoming Centre

Rossmans Road

Willawong Rehoming Centre (South Brisbane)

501 Gooderham Road
Willawong QLD 4110

Warra Rehoming Centre (North Brisbane)

523 Telegraph Road
Bracken Ridge QLD 4017