The AWLA Team

Lort Smith,

Lort Smith was built on its current site in North Melbourne in 1936 by the Animal Welfare League of Victoria. Our founder Louisa Lort Smith was passionately committed to caring for the animals of poor and disadvantaged people.

Eighty one years later, this is still the heart and soul of Lort Smith.

Today we are the busiest animal hospital in Australia. Our 60+ vets and 90+ vet nurses provided high-quality veterinary care to approximately 25,000 animals each year.

Lort Smith’s Mission is to improve the health and happiness of animals and the people who care for them. How we do this:

  • In our Animal Hospital by providing exceptional veterinary care and preserving the human-animal bond irrespective of a person’s circumstance.
  • In our Adoption Centre by providing sanctuary, rehabilitation, welfare and a new home for animals.
  • Through our Community Outreach programs promoting responsible pet ownership and nurturing the human-animal bond.

Visit our website for more details


Lort Smith

24 Villiers Street
North Melbourne
VIC 3051

Lort Smith Adoption Hub

38 Villiers Street (next door to Animal Hospital)
North Melbourne
VIC 3051