Our work

Pearl Adopted

As Central Victoria’s only no kill shelter, we are committed to providing a safe, caring and enriched environment for our animals, for as long as required to find the right permanent home.

Each individual animal has differing needs and personality. We have a thorough application process to assist us in selecting the right fit for the animal and ensuring they are suitably rehomed for life by committed owners.

All dogs/cats in our Shelter Adoption Program are de-sexed, vaccinated, micro chipped, wormed and health checked.

Our dogs/puppies are homed in Foster Care while awaiting their permanent homes. An application will need to be submitted via our website, prior to arranging a meeting.

If adopting a cat/kitten, prospective adopters have the option of meeting them prior to submitting an application.

We believe our responsibility does not cease after an adoption takes place. We provide telephone support following every adoption, including access to a fully qualified Animal Behaviourist. For dog adoptions local to Bendigo, we can also arrange a complementary Dog Training Session to ensure any settling in issues are solved.

If an adoption does not work out for whatever reason, BAWCS will take back the animal at any time, regardless of what time has lapsed. For all adoptions, we insist that the animal is returned to BAWCS if the adoption does not work out or they can no longer care for the animal.


Working in partnership with local service providers, this Program focuses on providing assistance to disadvantaged pet owners in the community via emergency pet accommodation and support. Participants include victims of domestic violence, persons living in emergency accommodation that do not take pets, for those requiring hospitalisation on a once off or regular basis and for emergency natural disaster situations, such as Black Saturday and more recently the floods.

Organisations currently using this service include:

  • The Salvation Army
  • St Lukes
  • DHS (Dept of Human Services Aged & Disability Support)
  • Annie North Domestic Violence Services
  • Bendigo Uniting Care Outreach
  • Bendigo Health (HARP)
  • Bendigo Community Health Services
Milly Adopted

Seniors for Seniors

Aged members of our community are able to adopt a pet secure in the knowledge that if they are unable to continue to care for their pet, the animal will come back into BAWCS care.

This provides the opportunity for elderly people, some who don’t have any family, to enjoy the companionship and love only an animal can bring to their lives.

This Program is proudly sponsored by UFS Pharmacies via their Building a Healthier Community Program.

Bequest Program

Under this Program, pet owners are able to make a bequest through their will for their beloved pet to be cared for when they are no longer able to do so.

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services will ensure pets cared for as part of this service are fostered into a new home and a new life that reflects the wishes of their former owners, and that these pets will be loved and cared for just as they have always been.

For more information, see Making a Bequest.