Our shelters offer accommodation and care for abandoned, neglected, sick and surrendered animals.

Illawarra Shelter

Our Illawarra Shelter provides care, shelter and veterinary treatment to abandoned, injured, neglected and sick animals. Animals arriving at shelters come from a variety of sources, including those:

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

Located in Unanderra, it acts as the animal holding facility for Shellharbour and Wollongong City Councils, housing stray cats, dogs and livestock.

The RSPCA Illawarra Shelter sells pet retail products, offers volunteer opportunities, and accommodates the School Holiday and Foster Care programs.

All animals suitable for adoption can be found here.

Where we are

Contact Details

54 Industrial Road
Unanderra, NSW, 2526

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

Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday, Friday to Sunday
9 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Please note, adoptions close at 3:30 p.m.

Closed Thursdays and public holidays

Shelter FAQs

Our shelters do not have the means to accept uninjured stray animals. If you find an uninjured stray animal, you will be referred to your local council pound.

You can see all animals available for adoption here.

Animals available for adoption have undergone a comprehensive veterinary check, and have undergone any other veterinary treatment and rehabilitation necessary. The adoption fee helps cover part of these costs and allows RSPCA NSW to continue caring for animals in need.