New England Regional Companion Animal Shelter

The Armidale Companion Animal Shelter cares for animals that are in need of a safe and loving home, whether they have been found lost, surrendered or abandoned. They often have both cats and dogs that are looking to be adopted by a loving new family.

Lost or Found a Dog or Cat?

If you have lost your pet or found someone else’s contact your local council at 1300 136 833 or lodge an online request here.

Incoming Animals

Dogs and Cats brought to the shelter are held for a statutory holding period of 7 days if unidentified and 14 days if they have either a microchip or tag.

Once the holding period has elapsed, the animal ownership is automatically transferred to the Animal Shelter under the authority of the Companion Animals Act. The shelter then has the responsibility to rehome it wherever possible.

To see the animals currently held visit the facebook page here.

If you are the owner of one of these animals, you need to contact the shelter on 67715498 to arrange for it's release to you urgently.

Volunteer Program

The Armidale Companion Animal Shelter has an active Volunteer Program. The Volunteers assist with the welfare of the animals being held by providing enrichment, social interaction, training and grooming as well as other activities to help make the shelter a great place to come for those considering adopting a new pet into the family. Volunteers who are in a position to provide the Shelter with assistance are provided with an induction to the Companion Animal Shelter and training to assist in areas such as, animal grooming, animal training, exercising the animals, grounds Maintenance and general assistance.

For further information contact Leah Kliendienst at

Download an application form here! (PDF 390.9KB)

Armidale Companion Animal Shelter Contact and Opening hours

address: 29 Saumarez Rd, Armidale.To find us turn off the New England Highway into the Armidale Airport and then turn immediately left onto Saumarez Road. Follow straight ahead for about 400 metres and you will see the entrance to the left just before the road turns from tar into gravel. 

phone: 02 67715498


Opening Hours:  

Monday to Friday: 9am-11am & 2:30pm - 5:30pm 

Saturdays : 9am-10am

The shelter is closed Sunday and public holidays. 


Animals from the shelter are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, and life-long registered. The cost to purchase a dog is $260. Cats are $235 each.


Fact Sheets

Your dog your responsibility (PDF 229.8KB)

Micropchip and Register your pet (PDF 2.5MB)

Barking dogs (PDF 2.8MB)

A guide to dog attacks (PDF 1.1MB)

Useful Links for Pet Owners

Dog Off Leash Areas in Armidale 

Armidale Regional Council - Animals and Pets

NSW Department of Local Government

RSPCA - Armidale

Pet Poisons

RSPCA Website