After 40 years, our shelter has moved

The compulsory purchase of our former site in Keysborough, by the Department of Education, lead us to purchase a new site. The Keysborough site was closed on June 30th 2018 and as the newly acquired land, in Perry Road Dandenong, is not yet habitable we are currently operating from a transitional site.

We are aiming to build a new shelter on the land we have purchased, which will be able to house double the amount of animals we currently save every year. This new shelter is still in its planning stages and due to the required vacation of our Keysborough site, we have since obtained a temporary facility that will allow us to continue to operate until our new home is finished. This temporary facility is located in Bangholme Road, Dandenong South.

Unfortunately, due to zoning restrictions we were unable to relocate our outpatient vet clinic and as such this will be closed until we move to our final home in Perry Road.

At present, we are working closely with council to ensure we meet all requirements for both sites and we appreciate your support during this difficult and ever changing process. We will continue to keep you up to date with all of our relocation news via this page. Questions are always welcome and we aim to be completely transparent during this challenging time. You are welcome to contact our committee via email: president@aaps.org.au or via phone: 9798 8415.

What our future looks like

Our final home in Perry Road will be a sanctuary, not just a shelter. A place where animals will have their lives turned around. A place where they are loved, warm, and we can find them a 'forever' family. Our new home will double our capacity and allow us to save twice as many animals as we can now.
Our mission has been to never turn an animal away and this new facility will allow us to continue to provide an open door policy for our community and the animals who need us.

How you can help

Our biggest hurdle is raising funds. As a not-for-profit, self funded animal shelter we rely on the kindness of our supporters in helping deliver the best for all animals that fall under our care. Donations will help us build the sanctuary we are so desperate to deliver the community andmost importantly, help us save the lives of many animals every year. Our vision is big and achievable but we need your help.





We did it, Our Homeleigh Road shelter is empty!

We are so thrilled to announce that all of our animals are now either in homes, foster or rescue placements and our shelter is empty and ready to finalise our move. We can not express enough, our gratitude to all those that helped us and for the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers to make this happen. So many animals are now in loving families, or in foster or rescue awaiting a loving family to call their own.

To all of the families who adopted, the amazing foster carers, incredible rescue groups and other animal shelters who joined with us and helped us reach this point, we are forever grateful.

As of Friday 2pm we lock the gates and say farewell to our Homeleigh Road site. Our new temporary shelter is a hive of activity and we are settling in as quickly as we can.

Please note that all operations from the Homeleigh Road site will cease as of Friday, however our phones will continue to be operational (albeit diverted initially) from our new site, so there will be someone to answer or return your call if you need us.

The new temporary shelter at 132 Bangholme Road, Dandenong South will be open in the coming weeks and we will keep you updated with all of our progress. If you need any help, please contact us via phone 9798 8415, email or via facebook message.

Farewell Homeleigh Road and here is to the next chapter.








Our Animal Shelter is relocating and 126 animals currently in our care need to be placed into homes by 20th June 2018. From today until June 20th all adoption fees will be halved.

Our current shelter at Keysborough has been acquired by the Education Department and although we have purchased a new property to develop, it won’t be ready in time to meet the deadline when we have to vacate. A temporary location has been found however due to all the Council requirements that we need to conform to, we are greatly concerned we may end up with a number of animals and no place to house them.

With your help we are hoping to find homes for approximately 100 cats and 26 dogs. We need help to put a call out far and wide for foster carers, rescue groups and the general community to step forward and offer either temporary or permanent homes for these lovely animals.

A new Committee of Management was elected 12 months ago and was charged with the enormous task of moving the entire shelter by June 30th this year. It soon became apparent that the site purchased in Perry Road, Keysborough would not be ready in time, so the search began for a temporary site. After visiting all manner of properties in the Dandenong area, each with their own logistical problems, we finally found a temporary home that ticked most of the boxes and we rejoiced.

We expected a few problems in readying this site for animal use, however not the roller coaster ride we’ve endured. We now have 6 weeks to go until we have to move and although on the threshold of Council signing our permit, we will still have to fit out the property with pens and facilities to care for the animals to be housed there.

We cannot risk having animals and no place to take them.

The Australian Animal Protection Society is a not for profit organisation that receives no government grants but relies solely on donations to operate. AAPS have never refused to accept an animal into its care and have worked tirelessly over the last 40 years to give shelter and a future to thousands of animals.

We intend to continue this work once we are settled into our temporary site at 132 Bangholme Road, Dandenong South but we just have to ensure the animals currently in our care are safely settled elsewhere and request your help to facilitate this outcome.

If you can adopt, please visit, if you can’t – please share, if you are from a rescue group or are interested in fostering please call our office on 9798 8415.

For any questions, or if you would like to discus this with us further please contact our committee on president@aaps.org.au


This relocation rollercoaster ride that we have been on from the start is continuing. The rules and regulations that Council are enforcing upon us are extremely frustrating to say the least. We have had our planning permit for the temporary location approved, but we must now document that we are CoP compliant to accommodate approx. 100 cats, 20 dogs and 12 rabbits and guinea pigs and this is complicated.

We have been told we are unable to commence building the animal enclosures until we meet certain requirements and they are extremely detailed, which takes time, unfortunately time we do not have.

The plan is to commence the relocation from Homeleigh Rd on the 20th June and give ourselves 10 days to move all that we need, whilst simultaneously building the cat enclosures.  Due to the uncertainty of when exactly we will be able to house animals at the factory,  we needed to make the difficult decision to do what is best for the animals and that is to relocate them all prior the move. This will involve using as many of the contacts we have with rescue groups, foster carers and other animal welfare groups to ensure our animals are moved to the best possible place before June 20th.

It would not be safe or responsible to attempt to relocate the animals straight from Homeleigh Road to the temporary site, whilst we are in a construction phase. The cat enclosures may be complete in time, but it is too risky to guarantee this, and we need to think of our animal’s welfare first.

There will be a lot to do between now and the end of next month and we will keep you as updated as we can and welcome any questions you have. If you have any questions please contact our president on president@aaps.org.au