Meet some of our Animals for adoption
Thank you for your patience and understanding, while we have been working hard to ensure we have measures in place for the health and safety of the community, our staff and our animals. These are the temporary measures in place in response to the current COVID-19 situation and may change.
The shelter is closed to public access. Adoptions and reclaims are via appointment only – see further info below.
Lost and Found Animals:
For lost and found animals, please call 9824 7928 or 0418 389 810. Both these numbers have a very comprehensive message giving you alternative numbers to call for Lost, Found and Surrender enquiries. All other enquires are by email firstname.lastname@example.org only
All adoptions are currently via adoption form. You'll find all our animals for adoption, on the animals for adoption section of our website. Each animal has a link to apply for them under their description. Meetings will be conducted by appointment only for successful applicants.
We’re working hard to contact shortlisted applicants within 10 days to arrange an appointment.
Applicants will only be shortlisted if they match the criteria set out in the animal’s description.
As we are experiencing such high volumes of enquiries, please do not contact us in relation to fostering right now. We’ll update our website and Facebook when we’re asking for help again.
We are very grateful for the unprecedented response we’ve had from the public in relation to fostering. We now have over 50 animals in foster care and already have over 200 further requests we’re working through before we’ll consider taking any more.
Entering the Shelter:
• wear a mask or face covering (unless a medical exception applies)
• clean or sanitise your hands
• keep 1.5 m away from staff or other visitors
Do not visit us if:
• you are have cough, cold, fever or flu-like symptoms
• you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results
• you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
• you have returned from overseas in the last 14 days
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.
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.