Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services (BAWCS), 'was founded in 2003 and is located 20 minutes north of Bendigo CBD on 30 acres of land.

As Central Victoria’s only no kill shelter, we provide a safe, caring and enriched environment through our Dog Foster Care / Adoption Program and our Adoption Cattery, with capacity to care for up to 70 cats and kittens.

We also provide sanctuary to over 75 farm animals, as part of our Farm Friends Program.

Our unique community programs offer support for disadvantaged pet owners in a variety of ways, to ensure a positive outcome for both pets & their owners.

BAWCS advocates for the safety & wellbeing of all animals, by providing education and support to the community in responsible pet ownership, and providing information on a range of animal welfare issues.

BAWCS 'caring with compassion'



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