The community

Adelaide Animal Hospitals is actively involved in supporting community partners and organisations involved in animal care. We are currently involved in supporting the following initatives:-


We help the animals at AWL through donations from clients for food, bedding and any other items that will help the animals. If you would like to help the AWL and in turn the animals please place any items in our tub at reception. We thank you on behalf of AWL in advance for any donations you make.

About AWL

The AWL is a recognised 'not for profit' charity. We rely on memberships, donations and bequests to continue our care of the animals, so any help you can give is greatly appreciated. We are open to the public every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) for people looking for their lost pets or wanting to give an abandoned companion animal a second chance at a 'forever' home.

The current shelter in Wingfield officially opened its doors to the many lost cats and dogs of South Australia in the mid-seventies, after many councils were approached for assistance. There was some doubt over the Wingfield site, but over the years it has proved to be a very wise decision. The Wingfield shelter was opened by the Premier of SA, Don Dunstan, in 1976.

The AWL operates on a busy schedule, looking after stray and abandoned animals, with dedicated staff and volunteers working to raise money for the future survival of this crucial service. The AWL receives no direct government financial support, other than minor assistance for providing a pound service for over 20 councils.

Over the AWL's history we have re-homed thousands of abandoned companion animals and returned many ill-treated dogs and cats back to good health. We have come a long way since 1964 and we will continue to strive for a world full of responsible pet owners.

hahndorf interim animal shelter

The Hahndorf Interim Animal Shelter is located in the Adelaide Hills and has been providing emergency accommodation for abandoned pets since 1992.
The shelter operates without government funding and relies solely on the generosity of the community with donations and volunteer assistance. 

The Adelaide Hills Animal Hospital provides one abandoned shelter pet per month with a complimentary wellness health and physical examination, desexing procedure, intestinal worming, flea prevention, nail clip and care advice. 
This is a wonderful initiative and Adelaide Animal Hospitals is proud to be able to assist in this way. 

The shelter is constantly in need of donations including dog and cat food (including cans of fish, bones and frozen meat), flea treatments, toys, cat houses, dog beds, etc and financial donations for de-sexing and vet treatments. 

If you are interested in being a volunteer or wish to help in any way, please contact the shelter on 8388 7514 or visit their website at 

Alternatively, you may be interested in visiting the shelter volunteers website is


Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation - Adelaide Animal Hospitals contribute memorial donations on behalf of deceased pets that were long term patients of ours.


Memorial donations made in memory of a deceased pet (either your own or a friend's) are a wonderful way to express your love and concern for animals. A permanent record of such donations will be kept by the Foundation and published in the Foundation's Annual Report.

The Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation (ACAHF) was formed to fund research projects to further our knowledge of the cause, treatment and prevention of diseases of companion animals, chiefly dogs and cats.

Funding for this type of research is not available from government funding bodies and university funds continue to shrink. Because of the lack of money available to support companion animal research, the ACAHF was established in 1989 as a non-profit trust of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).

The Foundation raises money through donations from veterinarians, companies associated with the pet industry, pet owners and other concerned members of the public.

Suzie and brutus the Hippos at the Zoo

The zoo relies heavily on donations in order to provide the funds necessary to assist in better husbandry, exhibiting and veterinary care of the animals, together with the improvement of the Zoo's facilities. Animal adoption helps in their efforts of increasing the standards of animal care, and in many instances has contributed to their ability to establish successful breeding programs for rare and delicate species. Also from time to time our veterinarians are called upon to assist in veterinary duties at the zoo.

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