54 Industrial Road
NSW, 2526

Phone: (02) 4271 3410
Fax: (02) 4271 3647

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday
9 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Adoptions close at 3:30 p.m.

Closed Thursday and public


RSPCA NSW Illawarra 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 Illawarra Shelter is located in Unanderra. It provides care and shelter to abandoned and neglected animals, including cats, dogs, livestock, pocket pets and poultry. In addition to adoptions, it sells pet retail products and also accommodates the School Holiday Program.

The shelter is the animal holding facility for both Shellharbour and Wollongong City Councils, housing stray cats, dogs and livestock. It is supported by an active and dedicated volunteer branch who help with fundraising and maintaining the gardens.

There is an extensive Foster Care program for kittens and puppies, as well as opportunities for a large number of volunteers who assist with bathing, brushing and walking, and provide enrichment and training to the shelter animals.

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 shelters come from a variety of sources, including those:

  • surrendered by an owner
  • handed in as an injured stray. RSPCA shelters do not have the means to accept uninjured stray animals. If you find a stray animal, you will be referred to your local pound.
  • 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.

201 animal enclosures

765 animals rehomed in 2014

81 Volunteers

503 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 so that the highest standards are maintained. 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.

RSPCA Pet Insurance is affordable, flexile peace of mind for dog and cat owners all across Australia.

Every donation helps the RSPCA and its volunteers look after animals, whatever the situation.

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