Here are the questions we get asked the most about adopting a dog from AWL.
When are you open?
Our Animal Care Centre at Cormack Rd, Wingfield is open for adoptions Tuesday-Sunday from 10am – 3pm.
What do I need to bring with me when adopting a dog?
We need to see ID showing your current name and address (e.g. driver's licence, concession card, proof of age card, passport).
Our onsite pet shop has collars, tags, food, bowls and carry cases. Everything you need to take your new friend home.
How old do I need to be to adopt?
You need to be over 18 years old to adopt your new pet from us.
Plus, you'll need to bring ID.
I have kids, should I bring them with me?
If you have children, they must meet the dog or puppy before you bring home a new addition to the family.
I already have a dog at home, should I bring them with me?
It's a good idea to organise a dog-to-dog introduction to make sure they'll get along, however please DO NOT bring your dog with you to your first appointment. If you and the dog you are hoping to adopt are a match, you can organise with our team to bring your dog in at a later time for a meet and greet. We'll also need to see your dog's current vaccination records before they're allowed in for their meet and greet.
Can I put a dog on hold?
Once you've been to AWL and met the dog of your choice, you can place that animal on hold for 24 hours for a non-refundable fee of $20 once. This fee is taken off of the price should you choose to adopt.
We don't put animals on hold over the phone as it's so crucial for you to meet them first.
You don't have many or any puppies on the website, when will you get some?
We never know what animals are going to need rehoming until they arrive, so it's best to keep an eye on our website.
There are not many or any small dogs on the website, when will you get small dogs?
Dogs come into AWL in all shapes, sizes, breeds and personalities. We do get small dogs, and when we do, they generally get adopted really quickly. So keep an eye on our website.
The adoption fee is higher than I thought, what's included in the price?
Adoption prices vary depending on the age and type of dog. Please check each profile for all the details. We desex, microchip, vaccinate and health check every dog to get them ready for their new home—yes, even the puppies.
Our adoption fee doesn't cover all of the costs involved, and still represents a significant saving on the price you could pay if you buy a dog from elsewhere.
Why are some dogs available by 'Adopt by Application'?
Sometimes dogs have unusual or ongoing health issues or need extra help with their behaviour. In these particular cases, we ask you to fill in an application form to help us decide who the most suitable match is. We want to get a good indication that the dog or dog is going to fit in with your home and lifestyle. If you've been successful, one of the AWL team will get in touch within three days of the closing date.
How long do dogs stay in the shelter?
We do not have a time limit on any of the animals that are available for adoption. They are in our care until we find the right home for them, no matter how long that takes.
If it's too hot to take your pet home, some restrictions may apply in line with the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals 2017. We often close for adoptions on hot days. If in doubt, call us on 8348 1300.
Call us if you have any further questions on 8348 1300 between 10am and 3pm 7 days per week.
Animal Welfare League of South Australia Inc (AWL) brings together lost and abandoned pets and caring humans to create happy homes where everyone feels loved.