Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services (BAWCS), formerly Bendigo Animal Shelter, was founded in 2003 and is a registered charity. Our approach is unique in comparison to other animal welfare organisations. Rather than focussing on what people can do for animals, we instead focus on what animals can do for people. The end result is that both people and animals have the opportunity to share in a nurturing environment with positive outcomes for both.
With this underpinning philosophy, we provide programs in the key areas of Animal Welfare, Community Support and Education.
We operate under a Pro Life Policy which means we do not euthanase animals that come into our care unless they are suffering a debilitating disease or condition affecting quality of life and cannot be treated or if they have repeatedly attacked another animal or person and cannot be retrained.