Website - It's finally here! Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned website

Welcome to the new GAWS website! It is now more important than ever that we have a great looking website that is easily to navigate, is simple and informative, promotes the GAWS mission and can be used on any mobile device. We are especially excited to show you our new lost animal and adoption pages which link directly to our operating systems. This means owners looking for their lost pets or people wanting to adopt will see ‘real time’ profiles of all the animals in our care. We expect that this will greatly assist with reclaim and rehoming rates.

GAWS in the media

In the last few months GAWS has had tremendous media exposure. A few highlights include:

It’s International Hug Your Cat Day

Herald Sun June 2, 2017

Cats v Bulldogs prepare for epic showdown at Simonds Stadium

Geelong Advertiser May 19, 2017

Billy Brownless at GAWS to help launch its campaign for urgently needed vet clinic equipment.

Geelong Advertiser

May 4, 2017

Bay FM 93.9 weekly radio segment

Tune into Bay FM 93.9 each Friday after 4pm with GAWS brand ambassador Roxie and our very own Dr Ruth or Dr David for Pet of the Week and tips on responsible pet ownership!


Come On Geelong Join The GAWS CAUSE Campaign update!

At the start of May GAWS launched their major fundraising campaign for the year supporting urgently needed equipment for the GAWS Animal Shelter

GAWS is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated team of highly skilled Vets and Vet nurses on site to provide the urgent and non-urgent treatment for the animals that come into our care. This includes surgical treatments and health checks plus all animals are de-sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped ensuring they are vet ready for their new forever homes.
GAWS animal shelter receives no government funding and relies on the generous support of the community to deliver this vital work.

Donations can be made by going to the GAWS website at, by sending a cheque to GAWS or in person at 325 Portarlington Road, Moolap. All donations to GAWS are tax deductable.

“We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to acquire this vital equipment and to save the lives of more animals.”

Highway collection joins the GAWS CAUSE

On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, GAWS held their first Highway Collection for the year. This was held at our usual intersection of Wilson’s Road and Bellarine Hwy Newcomb due to the success rate that we have had in the past from previous collections.

We had a real mission this time and that was to raise as much money in one day for our much needed X-ray Machine for the GAWS Vet Clinic.

13 amazing people gave up their public holiday to try and achieve our goal. GAWS is truly lucky to have such wonderful supporters.

Even the overcast weather and slight drizzle couldn’t deter this awesome team from collecting the much needed funds.

From 10am until 4pm we rattled our tins at all who passed. We were greeted with such positivity and humanity from the Geelong community, once again reinforcing that we are really lucky to live in such a generous town.

The end result was a whopping $3093.55!!

This bringing our Appeal total to an awesome $17,647.93.

We cannot wait to get the next one up and running! Thank you again to all who participated and donated on the day.

GAWS Bequest Animal Program - If you can’t imagine life without your pet, imagine your pet’s life without you.

We at GAWS understand how distressing it would be for you if you thought that your beloved pets would not be cared for if you were no longer there or able to look after them. To provide peace of mind and a lifelong solution we have established the GAWS Bequest Animal Program.

Under the program owners are invited to register their pet(s) and make provision in their will for the lifelong care of their pet. Should the need arise GAWS becomes the legal guardian and of the pet and arranges for your pet to be resettled in a carefully selected suitable permanent foster home with an approved carer, who will provide a loving environment and all the necessary care. Your pet legacy covers all veterinary treatment for the remainder of your pet’s life. To find out more please download the brochure

Pen Pal recognition

GAWS thanks all the individuals and businesses who currently sponsor our animal pens. This newsletter we highlight the generosity GAWS receives from Jim’s Mowing.
Jim's mowing are fantastic long term supporters of GAWS, regularly coming down to the shelter to make sure our yard gardens are kept neat and tidy!

This kind of support guarantees the dogs that arrive in the pens receive the best care possible whilst here at the shelter.

To become a Pen Pal supported please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GAWS Op Shop Absolutely Fabulous fashion show – Tickets on sale NOW!

Lock in the date for the GAWS Op Shop Absolutely Fabulous fashion show. Showcasing fabulous upcycled fashion from the GAWS Op Shop, raffles and fantastic door prizes Sunday 1 October 1pm – 4pm Community Centre Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights. Tickets on sale NOW at the Op Shop 63 Vines Road.

Thank you to the wonderful businesses that are generously supporting our event:

  • M.B. PRE-FAB FRAMING PTY LTD. Kindly Donated by the Martella Family A Night at Crown, to the value of $550.00
  • QUIKSILVER. Various gift packs. Watches, Backpacks etc. Prizes totalling around $500.00
  • APCO WAURN PONDS. Kindly Donated by the Gleeson Family Fuel Vouchers. 2 x $50.00; 5 x $20.00
  • BISTROT ST JEAN 2 x $100.00 Meal Vouchers. 2 x Imported French Champagne $60.00 Each.
  • ELEPHANT AND CASTLE HOTEL. 2 x $50.00 Meal Vouchers
  • SALON DEUX. Kindly Donated by Sally Wishart McCallum 1x $50.00 Pamper Yourself Voucher
  • 63 Degrees Highton 1 x $50 Voucher.