Welcome to the Armidale Companion Animal Shelter Website

On this website, you will find the faces and details of animals who are currently in need of a safe and loving home. Some of these animals have been surrendered, others found lost or having been abandoned. Now they are seeking a person, couple, or family who would like to enrich their lives and learn from our wonderful animal companions.

The Companion Animal Shelter often has both dogs and cats available who are looking for a loving home. Please watch this website for regular updates and photos of your future best friend. For details regarding registration fees, microchiping, and equipment sales and hire, please visit the Armidale Dumaresq Council website at : http://www.armidale.nsw.gov.au/council/128842/1064.html

Every effort is undertaken to place animals with suitable forever homes but it is necessary at times to make the decision that placement is not responsible or may refuse an adoption that is not in the best interest of the animal.

Enquiries can be forwarded to Phill Evans via the following:

Phone: 02 6771 5498
Fax: 02 6772 9275


Meet Sherman the German Shorthaired Pointer.
Sherman is a liver and white, 18 month old, male and  came to the shelter as a stray. Sadly he didn't go back to his owners, although they did make contact with the shelter. Likely to be pure GSP, he'll need lots of exercise and training but is a very social and happy dog. GSP's are not for everyone so if you think this medium to large sleek and very clean breed might suit you, make sure you research the breed before making your decision. By all means come out and meet him if you are local to Armidale.

Adoption Details
Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer
Age: 18 months
Adoption Fee: $270
Desexed: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
Wormed: Yes


UPDATE 14 Oct: Great news for Buddy who moved into his new digs in Armidale today!

This is Buddy
He's a 4 month old, male, Mastiff type mixed breed dog. Buddy will be medium to large in size as an adult. He's lovable and sweet nature should ensure he gets a great home. Although very young, with regular exercise and training, he will develop into a beautiful dog. He's not wild, not aggressive and not aloof but he is looking for love and a new home.

Adoption Details
Breed: Mastiff type mixed breed
Age: approx 4 months
Adoption Fee: $270
Desexed: Yes, at 6 months of age and included in adoption fee.
Vaccinated: Yes, included in cost.
Wormed: Yes


 UPDATE 20 Sept: Great news for this super little dog. Now named George IV because he is the 4th family member to be adopted from the shelter, George will be going to live with Florence and her family here in Armidale.

Introducing Winston.
This little guy is a mixed breed of Terrier type. Likely to be some Cairn Terrier in there. He is about the size of a Corgi really with the sweetest disposition. My estimate of his age is around 1-2 years old. He is a very mature little dog and would be a wonderful choice for a similarly mature owner.

Adoption Details
Breed: Terrier type mixed breed
Age: approx 1-2 years
Adoption Fee: $270
Desexed: Yes, included in cost.
Vaccinated: Yes, included in cost.
Wormed: Yes


UPDATE 2 Sept: Good luck for Doogie, he's found a new home at Thalgarrah!

Little Doogie is a male, mixed breed puppy of  a medium sized breed around 12 weeks of age.
He has a sweet nature and will go far with training, exercise and a loving owner.

Adoption Details
Breed:  mixed breed pup
Age: approx 12 weeks
Adoption Fee: $270
Desexed: Yes, included in cost.
Vaccinated: Yes, included in cost.
Wormed: Yes


 UPDATE 23 August: The guardian angels at Herds to Homes rescue have offered foster care for these babies and they will be going into care later today. Thanks guys!

ABANDONED PUPS - Pups are Cattledog type mixed breed, around 10 weeks old, 2 male & 2 female, and were huddled together near the carpark at the Blue Hole swimming area, east of Armidale where they had obviously been dumped.

These pups have had little social training and were very wormy. The shelter will be housing them for a couple day's before making them available for adoption & foster care. Last night they were wormed and given short term Parvo Virus vaccinations. They ate well and certainly left plenty of evidence that they at least have great bowel function! We'll observe and carry out health checks until Thursday and be looking for carers or new homes from Thursday. All of our local carers are supplied through RSPCA Armidale branch and if you are interested in becoming a foster carer for one or all of these pups please ring me - 6771 5498 - or contact the RSPCA branch ASAP.

As always, if you have any information which would lead to the conviction of the offender please contact the RSPCA, the Police or the Companion Animals Shelter.


UPDATE 2 Aug:  Gaz has found a new home in Armidale, good luck big fella.

Meet GAZ, a mixed breed dog of around 9mths of age. Like so many Gaz's story is one of frustration. He came to the shelter as a stray and was posted on our facebook page. Friend tagged his owner but his owner just left him and another here to be abandoned. He's been seen recently responding to post's of new puppies for sale through facebook, all very sad.
But back to Gaz, an amazing friendly, lovable large pup. But do him a favour, only rescue him if your going to love him and keep him safe.


 UPDATE 20/7: Good news for Tip who will be going to his new home at the end of the week.

Meet Tippy.
It appears as though this little guy was taken to the Uralla Recycling Centre/Refuse Tip and left there. Staff tried for 3 days to get close enough to him to catch him but he wouldn't be caught and he wouldn't leave. Eventually he was caught and brought terrified to the Shelter.
It really only took him a day to realise that the staff and volunteers here were not going to hurt him, he quickly relaxed to show his true nature. Tip is a Shih Tzu type mixed breed type and around 2 years of age. We all think he's a little bit special so don't delay if your interested in this type of rescue dog.


 UPDATE 13 July 2016: Pearl has now been placed with an RSPCA Carer. Contact them on 0413 940 586 for further details.

This is Pearl, a Border Collie type dog, female and around 2 years old. She has a very quiet nature and may have been a work dog who didn't make the grade. It appears as though she was abandoned at the fossicking area just west of Uralla. This youngster needs some confidence and love to blossom. Suitable as a pet or may yet become a useful worker.


UPDATE 30 June: Good news for Jelly, she's found a great new home at Kentucky!
Jelly is a medium sized, female, dog looking for a new home. She has a great temperament and is good around stock and other dogs. Age is around 2 years, she loves kids and would make a great companion as she is very connected with her people.


UPDATE 6 July: Good news for Rusty who has found a local home!
This little guy is Rusty. Just a pup at around 10 weeks of age. He's a Kelpie type mixed breed, male, with a beautiful and pretty rare, fawn coat colour. Loves to play, is social and is raring to go.


Well done Tink, a new home on the 1st day!
Meet Tink, a Border Collie type mixed breed male, pup and around 10 weeks old. A sound pup who would suit either a pet or perhaps even a working home. Outgoing and confident he's a little character.


 UPDATE 27 June: Lexie has found a working home at Hillgrove, good luck girl!

Available for adoption now

This is Lexie she is a young female Koolie type Dog she has a good nature and would make a great family pet . you would need to have good fencing and be able to give her lots of love and exercise .
for more info please call the shelter on 02 67715498


 UPDATE 6/6: Chappy (now Bruce) has found a local home, good luck big guy!
Meet happy Chappy! Chappy is a large mixed breed, male dog. He came to the shelter as a stray and was not claimed by his owner. He's a happy dog but is on the large size so he'll need training and exercise to keep him social and manageable.

Snow and White

UPDATE 27 MAY: Snow has now also found a new home. Thanks everyone for the likes and shares!

UPDATE 25 MAY: White (black jacket) has found a new home and Snow is still available.

This is the sad story of Snow & White.

Once upon a recent time in Armidale lived a man with 2 female Maltese Terriers named Snow & White. The man sadly became ill and passed away with no-one to take in or care for his animals. His family couldn't care for them and didn't know anyone who could give them a home so they were taken into Creeklands Vet Clinic for euthanasia. Two of the good fairies at the vet clinic, Tyler and Anne-Mette, thought they would try to get these two a fresh start so with the consent of the family, the clinic contacted the Animal Shelter for help. Both had badly matted coats and were freed from their knots and brought to the shelter were they are now looking for their happily ever after's
If your looking for a fairy tail ending to this story and your home would be enriched with a 20 month old female Maltese Terrier, you should come and meet them, you'll be glad you did.


Rusty has found a new home in Armidale, good luck Rusty!
This is Rusty, a small, female mixed breed dog with maybe some Jack Russell Terrier and some Chihuahua in her family tree. She's a live wire and loves a game so needs an active situation to keep her happy. She's around a year old and rearing to go!


UPDATE 14 May: Great news for Kelly who has found a new home at Kellys Plains, he'll be with us a few days yet while his new digs are puppy proofed though.
Meet Kelly. Kelly is a male Kelpie, one of 3 pups around 10 weeks old which were abandoned on Bundarra Rd, Armidale. None of the 3 had any social skills whatsoever and were terrified of people and other animals. After weeks of preparation by our team of volunteers he's now ready to take his place in the world. He'll need some patience, training and guidance but most of all he'll need someone who really wants him in their lives. If that's you, come meet him soon.


UPDATE 11 May: Banjo has found a new home in Uralla!

This is Banjo!
Banjo is a male. Cattledog type mixed breed pup and around 9 weeks old. He has a lovely outgoing and happy nature, as he should for a baby. He's also an instinctive retriever so would be great for most types of dog sports for an interested owner. Poor Banjo has had lots of adoption enquiries but is still looking for the right place, maybe you have the perfect home for him.

Update on Xena.

On Tuesday 26 April, Xena had X Ray's to determine the extent of the problem with her forelegs, as a result, vet Ron Raymer has advised that the problem was not the diagnosed Distal Ulna problem he had earlier identified may be the problem on initial examination but was caused by breaks in the toes which could not be repaired by surgery. Ron's diagnosis was always subject to proper identification of the problem via an X Ray. 
Her adopted owner is aware of the new diagnosis and will be keeping her.
As a result of this new diagnosis and the fact that surgery is no longer required for her, we have decided it's appropriate to offer a voluntary refund of donations to all who made contributions for her surgery specifically.
The cost of X Rays will be covered by the any amounts not refunded.
Donations already made to help Xena, that are not refunded to donors, will be kept in the shelters "Millie Fund" and used to assist other animals in need of veterinary intervention to enable them to be adopted.
To request a refund from the appeal, please contact Phill Evans at the Companion Animals Shelter on 67715498 with your postal address and a receipt number and the refund will be happily organised.
Once again thank you to all who offered help and donations.

Can you help Xena?

Xena came to the shelter as a stray. Malnourished, with fleas, worms and with a badly malformed lower right leg. She is only around 10 weeks old.
Her owners never claimed her.
After visiting a vet today I am left to consider her future.
Xena has an injury caused by a trauma to her forelegs, possibly as a result of being dropped as a very young puppy, which has caused the right side foreleg to be badly malformed and the left may also need treatment. It's a condition known as Premature Distal Ulna Physis Closure. Without corrective surgery the legs will grow more deformed, and more difficult and expensive to treat.
It has to be understood that it's not possible for a Council funded facility like ours to consider surgery for every dog which needs it but for Xena it is a desperate situation for a pup so young.
There are people wanting to give her a home but she cannot be placed untreated.
The shelter has a community funded account for cases such as this one, however it has been depleted having been used to help other dogs.
So I am asking our community to help a dog in need.
I need to raise $1000 to allow for surgery to both legs if required.
You can help by making a donation to the Animal Shelter "Millie Fund" at the Councils Adminstration Building in Rusden St, Armidale or at the Animal Shelter at the Airport.
Any surplus amount will remain in that quarantined account to help other dogs at the shelter that require veterinary intervention to enable them to be re-homed.

Whilst we don't have an online donation facility to help Xena with her surgery, you can ring the shelter on 67715498 and make a credit card donation which will be receipted and the receipt forwarded to you. Thanks everyone!

UPDATE 22 April - Thank you all for supporting Xena, we have passed the amount required to have the first surgery done and so the decision has been made to allow her to leave the shelter and go to her adoption home to await her operation. There is a shortfall of a couple of hundred dollars at this point in time, with pledges likely to make up that amount. Another happy ending thanks to the animal lovers of Armidale and their friends. Thank you everyone!
NOTE: We will continue to accept donations to the Millie Fund to help others who need our help.



UPDATE 23/4: Ezra has found a great new home in Armidale. Have fun Smiley!

Smiley face Ezra.
Ezra is a 5 year old, male, chocolate Labrador Retriever and needs a new home. 
You must be energetic, keen for some training and have a crazy sense of humour. 
If this sounds like you, give Tinder a miss and give the shelter a try.

Ezra was surrendered to the shelter when his owners living circumstances changed.