Sydney Shelter

201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, NSW, 2199

Phone: (02) 9770 7575
Fax: (02) 9770 7577

Opening hours:
Animal adoptions and visiting times:
9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Open seven days a week

Veterinary Hospital
Monday to Friday
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
Consults: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Emergencies only: 
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 



RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter

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

PLEASE NOTE: the Sydney Shelter do not have the means to accept stray, uninjured animals. If you find a stray uninjured animal, you will be referred to your local pound.

The RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter is located in Yagoona. It provides care, shelter and veterinary treatment to abandoned, injured, neglected and sick animals. In addition to adoptions, it offers a year-round Corporate Support Day program, Delta-affiliated Puppy Preschool classes and barking consultations. The facility accommodates Duke of Edinburgh placements and the School Holiday Program, and there is a pet retail shop. There is also an extensive Foster Care program for animals ranging from cats and dogs to livestock and pocket pets.

Also onsite is the RSPCA NSW Sydney Veterinary Hospital, which features four state-of-the-art operating theatres, and dental, ultrasound and X-ray suites. The hospital treats shelter animals, as well as the animals of people in the community. It also provides advice and support to pet owners.

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.

456 animal enclosures

2745 animals rehomed in 2014

392 volunteers

1140 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, flexible 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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