Coffs Harbour Shelter

25 Dowsett Drive
Coffs Harbour
NSW, 2450

Phone: (02) 6651 3311

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Closed public holidays.


RSPCA NSW Coffs Harbour Shelter

RSPCA NSW has 10 shelters that provide comfortable accommodation and the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals.

The RSPCA NSW Coffs Harbour Shelter provides care and shelter to abandoned and neglected animals. It is the animal holding facility for Coffs Harbour City Council. In addition to adoptions, it runs one-on-one dog training sessions for pet owners. The shelter also trains rehab dogs from pounds, rescue groups and other shelters, and prepares them for adoption. It features a separate boarding block of 20 heated kennels.

Each year, tens of thousands of animals arrive at RSPCA NSW shelters. The RSPCA works within NSW communities to promote responsible pet ownership with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals. Animals arriving at our shelters come from a variety of sources, including those:

  • surrendered by an owner
  • handed in as an injured stray
  • seized by an inspector under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

Staff members assess all animals to ensure they are medically sound and that there are no other issues. Animals requiring extra attention are referred to our veterinarians.

Animals deemed suitable for adoption are advertised on The temperament and wellbeing of all animals available through the RSPCA has been assessed to determine the animal’s suitability for adoption, and identify their unique rehoming requirements. This enables staff to match animals with potential adopters.

All adoption animals have undergone a comprehensive veterinary check, been desexed, microchipped, treated for internal and external parasites such as worms and fleas, and had their initial vaccinations. Dogs are also heartworm tested and treated.

127 animal enclosures

379 animals rehomed in 2014

19 Volunteers

318 meals fed per day


Our animals and staff depend on regular and reliable assistance from volunteers. We have a strong commitment to training our staff and volunteers in order to maintain the highest standards. We therefore ask that our volunteers commit to a regular shift. This helps the volunteers gain the skills required to meet these standards and allows them to get the most value out of becoming a trusted member of our team. It also ensures that the time and effort put in by our staff to train volunteers results in benefits for the animals in our care.


How You Can Help

How you can help

Looking to adopt a pet? Search now for dogs, cats and other pets available for rehoming at your local RSPCA.

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