About Us

Who We Are

The SEAWL is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing shelter for homeless and unwanted animals across the South East and surrounding areas.

Through the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, the SEAWL aims to provide surrendered dogs and cats with a second chance at a safe and happy home.

The SEAWL receives no financial support from the local Government. 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.