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Strays & Lost Pets

If your dog or cat goes missing, it may make its way to GAWS. Our caring team will provide your pet with care until it can be reclaimed. GAWS do everything possible to locate owners and reunite pets. Microchipping and council registration, as well as having identification details on your pet's collar are the best way to ensure we can contact you as soon as possible.

In accordance with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Code of Practice, every animal is health checked as well as vaccinated, treated for fleas and wormed as soon as possible upon arrival.

Each animal in held for a period of eight days before it is behaviour and health assessed. If suitable, the pet is moved into our shelter program for adoption. There are a range of fees that apply when reclaiming your pet.

City of Greater Geelong Animal Release Fees 2024

The animal release fees imposed by the City of Greater Geelong are detailed below: 

Dog Release Fee - $85

Cat Release Fee - $85

Victorian legislation requires that all dogs and cats three months of age or older must be microchipped and registered with their local council. For information on animal registration and fees please contact your local council.

City of Greater Geelong

Golden Plains Shire

Surf Coast Shire

Borough of Queenscliffe

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GAWS receives thousands of animals into care each year and has over 200 animal pens onsite.  Your annual sponsorship supports the animals in your pen by helping cover the costs of veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and all of the care they need during their stay. Annual Pen Pal sponsorship starts at as little as $50 per month.

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