About Us

Who We Are

The SEAWL is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing temporary shelter for lost and abandoned animals across the South East.

Through the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, the SEAWL aims to provide lost, stray or ill-treated dogs and cats with a second chance at a safe and happy home.

Though the SEAWL receives some financial support from local councils, it continues to rely on the support of generous community members and local organisations.

The SEAWL is an independent organisation and is not affiliated with the Animal Welfare League of South Australia (AWL).


The SEAWL was founded in 1972 through the hard work of a group of South East animals lovers who saw a need to provide local care for lost and abandoned dogs and cats.

Originally, animals were kept at private homes until temporary kennels where built at a Yahl premises in 1974.

Moving to its current Riddoch Highway premise in 1976, over the past 40 years the shelter has expanded to include a dedicated cattery, dog shelter and dog runs.

Today the SEAWL continues to care for the most vulnerable members of our community and is currently developing plans to update its premises.