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

Sydney Shelter

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, this location is closed until further notice. We have had to rethink the way that our Sydney Shelter operates and processes adoption to ensure the safety of our animals, staff and the community. We are thrilled to announce that from Friday 23 July we will be launching a new adoption process for our Sydneysiders, One Stop Adopt!


1. Search www.rspcansw.org.au/adopt to find an animal that you’re interested in adopting.

2. Once you find an animal you love, apply to adopt them here: https://www.rspcansw.org.au/adoption-appointment-request/

3. Our experienced adoption teams will review your application and contact you to discuss your lifestyle, experience and the animals’ needs and make sure you’re a suitable match.

4. If successful, our team will allocate you an appointment time at our Sydney Shelter car park to meet your potential new pet and process the adoption.

5. Once your adoption is processed, you can take your new furry friend home!

PLEASE NOTE: Appointments will be held at our Sydney Shelter car park and strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be carried out at all times. Our adoption teams will guide you through the appointment process when arranging your appointment and staff on-site will be there to help you. If you can, please bring a smartphone that you can use to check-in via our QR code.

Our Sydney 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 Yagoona, the Sydney Shelter is the largest animal shelter in NSW. We offer a wide range of services, programs and training opportunities, including Delta-affiliated Puppy Preschool classes, barking consultations, student placements and volunteer opportunities.

There is also a pet retail shop and an extensive Foster Care program.

Our Sydney Veterinary Hospital is located onsite, offering services to shelter animals and the public. You can find out more here.

All animals available for adoption can be found here.


Where we are

Contact Details

201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, NSW, 2199

Phone: (02) 9770 7575
Fax:(02) 8331 1935

Opening Hours

9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Open seven days a week

Closed 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.

Yes, there is only one shelter in Sydney located at Yagoona.