Meet some of our Animals for adoption



    Updated 01/01/24

    Public Access:

    ADOPTION - We are currently not accepting walk in’s and will continue to operate on an adoption-by-application model.

    Adoption arrangements made by us:
    All adoption bookings are made by us contacting you, if you are a successful adoption applicant.
    Applications for dogs or cats are made via our Website. Each animal in the Animals For Adoption section has an “apply to adopt me” button under their description.
    We are logistically unable to maintain a wait list for people wishing us to contact them when specific breeds, puppies etc arrive at the shelter.

    Please note that we are receiving high numbers of adoption applications at present. 

    GENERAL VIEWING - Appointments are to be made if you would like to view any of our Dogs and/or Cats during the week between the hours of 10am and 4pm. This can be done by sending and email to or calling our shelter on  03 9821 0978. Visitors will not be allowed to walk through adoption areas unless they have an appointment.

    Lost and found:
    Arrangements can be made by phoning 9824 7928 or 0418 389 810 where you’ll find a comprehensive message and the numbers you need depending on your circumstances.

    All other enquiries:
    All other enquiries can be made by phoning 9824 7928 or 0418 389 810 and leaving a message, we aim to reply within 24 hours, or emailing

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    Building Appeal - We need help now!

    Building Appeal - We need help now!

    We have a big plan to save more lives. We need help now!

    SADS provides care to dogs and cats where it is most needed and help that is often not available elsewhere. We are doing the work you believe in and that you have been so supportive of in the past; taking the abandoned, the sick, those whose owners have died or who for many reasons cannot keep them, or do not want to keep them.

    At the start of 1985 SADS was founded to address the shocking kill rate of dogs at Municipal Animal Pounds and so-called Animal Welfare Organisations in Victoria and to save as many of man’s best friends as possible. Over 33 years, through your loyal and generous support of our work, you have helped SADS save many, many thousands of dogs, and for the past 20 years, cats, from certain death so they may happily live out their natural life spans.

    We are now on the threshold of an opportunity to significantly expand our reach. But we can’t do it without you. We must urgently raise $500,000 to further develop our own facility.

    Our property desperately needs upgrades to save more lives

    The Yarrambat shelter is set on 33 acres of environmentally protected land with an existing permit for the holding of 190 dogs and 50 cats. It is fully owned by SADS and has enabled many more animals to be saved, cared for and rehabilitated whilst awaiting permanent adoption. However, the infrastructure is old and badly in need of redevelopment to provide better care for our animals and to comply with the code of practice for animal shelters. This property ensures that even the most traumatised and very large active dogs can be saved due to adequate resources.

    Please support our appeal by donating to enable the new kennels to be built. Your support is crucial to our efforts to save more unwanted and abused animals.

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    Leave a Gift in your Will

    Leave a Gift in your Will

    Have you ever considered leaving a gift in your Will, to help Save-A-Dog Scheme, TO CONTINUE TO DO THE WORK YOU BELIEVE IN?

    Your bequest means a lot to SADS. It enables SADS to continue to save companion animals which would otherwise be killed, and to plan for and safeguard the future of this important work.

    For 30 years SADS has been an established leader in the No-Kill movement saving thousands of lives throughout metropolitan and country Victoria through its operation of a regional animal pound, country rehoming programs and by accepting and caring for dogs and cats whose owners can no longer keep them.

    SADS also provides veterinary care for sick and injured dogs and cats including palliative care for animals that still enjoy a good quality of life.

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