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5 Best Animal Shelters in Brisbane

How We Picked the Best Animal Shelters in Brisbane

Staff Competence: Whether it’s formal or informal, staff should be trained on how to take care and handle animals.
Size & Space: The shelter should be spacious so animals can have room to roam around freely. 
Health Standards: Can provide vaccination and assessments. Should be clean, and have adequate  water supply and proper ventilation to prevent spread of disease.
Documentation & Licenses: A shelter should be registered and should have up-to-date files regarding the animals for easy tracking.
Wellness & Fitness Programs: A shelter should have fitness programs for animals to ensure their recovery to full health before they’re sent to a new home.

1. RSPCA Brisbane Animal Care Campus


Address: 139 Wacol Station Rd, Wacol QLD 4076, Australia

Contact Details: (61) 7 3426 9999

Operating Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Google reviews score4.5/5
Total Reviews5/5
Score consistency4.7/5
Staff Competence4.5/5
Size & Space5/5
Health Standards4.75/5
Documentation & Licenses4.5/5
Wellness & Fitness Programs4.75/5


  • Viewing spaces
  • Beautiful and clean rooms


  • Needs improvement on the tracking process of owners
  • Grueling adoption process

RSPCA Brisbane Animal Care Campus is known for its beautiful and well-maintained living spaces for its animals. Even if the shelter’s just a temporary home for them, they’ll be well taken care of.

This is the reason why all animals adopted from the center are at the peak of their health. RSPCA treats every pet as special and gives them the best experience while they’re staying at the shelter.

The staff is also amazing! We’re lucky enough to talk to frequent visitors, and they told us how they appreciated the commitment and the compassion the staff give to the animals–it’s obvious how deeply they care!

Another thing we appreciate about the shelter is that it has large and nice viewing rooms for the animals. It’s easy for visitors to interact with them and experience taking care of them.

In fact, RSPCA allows potential owners to spend time with different fur babies so they can decide best which animal they want to adopt. And the good thing about it—you’re not coerced or pushed to bring home any pet if you can’t find the one for you!

But of course, you can’t have it all. We noticed a couple of things the shelter needs to improve on: its tracking process and its adoption process, which are both unorganized and confusing. 

In terms of overall animal care though, RSPCA is one of the best shelters in Brisbane. Impressive facility and competent staff—it’s a safe temporary haven for animals!

2. Animal Management Centre


Address: 213 Queens Rd, Kingston QLD 4114, Australia

Contact Details: (61) 7 3412 5318

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Google reviews score4.2/5
Total Reviews4.25/5
Score consistency4.2/5
Staff Competence4.75/5
Size & Space4/5
Health Standards4/5
Documentation & Licenses4.5/5
Wellness & Fitness Programs4/5


  • Competent and caring staff
  • Quick owner tracking process


  • No soft beds for dogs
  • Expensive adoption fee

Animal Management Centre has a long adoption process, but to us, it’s for a good reason! The center makes sure that the new owners and the animal they’re adopting are right for each other so the animal will have a new home where they can truly belong.

This assures us of the safety of the animals. If every shelter is as thorough as Animal Management when it comes to finding a new home for our furry friends, then there’s less chance for abuse and abandonment.

Another thing we love about the shelter is that its staff are very knowledgeable about animals. They know every detail on how to take care of all the pets in the center so they can fully advise the new owners.

We talked to some of the regular visitors of the shelter, and they told us that most staff feel like animal whisperers. The way they communicate with the animals shows how these people understand what they need so they’re able to take care of them well!

Another thing we love is that Animal Management Centre has a very organized internal process. So the shelter can easily track fur parents, and you’ll be reunited with your pets in no time!

We just noticed, however, that the shelter needs more convenient facilities for dogs like soft beds. They’re mostly resting on metal floors unlike the cats who have cushioned spaces.

We also got a little bit turned off by the expensive adoption fees. However, we also think paying a little more than what we expected is worth it if it means we can give animals a new home.

3. Peninsula Animal Aid


Address: 313 Duffield Rd, Clontarf QLD 4019, Australia

Contact Details: (61) 7 3284 1927

Operating Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday; Friday – Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Google reviews score4.6/5
Total Reviews4.2/5
Score consistency4.4/5
Staff Competence4.75/5
Size & Space4.75/5
Health Standards4.75/5
Documentation & Licenses4.5/5
Wellness & Fitness Programs4.5/5


  • Regularly cleaned spaces
  • Well-fed and clean animals


  • Limited business hours
  • Difficult to contact staff

For any stray dog or cat in need of a temporary home, Peninsula Animal Aid’s should be at the top of any animal lover’s list. The shelter has amazing volunteers who have genuine love for animals, and we can see that in the way they care for them!

Some of the pet lovers who had gotten their pet companions from the shelter told us that they appreciated how well-fed and clean the animals were when they picked them up. It just shows that when it comes to pet care, Peninsula’s taking it seriously.

The staff know what they’re doing and can handle the animals well. We can see it with the way they communicate with the animals—so much gentleness and affection in there!

Another thing we love about Peninsula is that the staff regularly and meticulously clean the animal spaces. Hygiene is very important in animal care because it prevents the little ones from getting sick.

As an extra service, the shelter also provides baths for animals every Saturday. The cost is cheap, so most pet lovers go there for their animals’ hydrobaths. 

The only thing we don’t particularly like about Peninsula is its limited business hours. If you have immediate concerns regarding animals or your adopted pets, you’ll have a hard time contacting the shelter, which isn’t ideal for emergencies. 

4. Redland City Council Animal Shelter


Address: 265 South St, Cleveland QLD 4163, Australia

Contact Details: (61) 7 3829 8663

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Google reviews score4.4/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score consistency4.2/5
Staff Competence4.25/5
Size & Space4/5
Health Standards4.5/5
Documentation & Licenses4.5/5
Wellness & Fitness Programs4.5/5


  • Animals get enough time to play around outside their spaces
  • Fast adoption process


  • Small facility
  • Refuses to accept animals sometimes

What we love most about Redland City Council Animal Shelter is that it gives the animals ample time to really run around the grounds freely. We all know isolation and lack of exercise aren’t good for them, and the shelter makes sure to prevent that.

We also love how the staff take care of the animals. We can see how very passionate they are about their work and make sure that every animal gets attention and nourishment–compassion and kindness go a long way!

In fact we’re able to talk to some pet lovers who adopted animals from Redland, and they told us that the shelter’s really good with animals. The proof–they have settled in well with their new owners in their homes and are all healthy!

Speaking of adoption, we’re pleased to know that Redland has a fast adoption process. It’s very organized in terms of selection and documentation, so you’ll be able to bring home your furry friend in no time!

We noticed, however, that the shelter’s smaller than some facilities, which might be the reason why it doesn’t accept animals sometimes. We’ve heard from some patrons that Redland sometimes refuses to take in animals, probably due to the available space.

However, we’re also relieved to know that despite this little problem, the animals still have space to run around. It might not be as large as compared to other shelters, but it’s still enough for them to play and have their daily needed exercise.

5. Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue


Address: 1374 MT Cotton Rd, Burbank QLD 4156, Australia

Contact Details:

Operating Hours: Saturday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM/ By appointment

Google reviews score4.8/5
Total Reviews4.25/5
Score consistency4.5/5
Staff Competence4.75/5
Size & Space5/5
Health Standards5/5
Documentation & Licenses4.5/5
Wellness & Fitness Programs4.5/5


  • Accepts all types of animals
  • Dedicated staff


  • Cancels tours without prior notice
  • No response to emails

The name of this shelter might sound a little off to some, but Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue saves animals without a doubt. It has a group of really dedicated people who are all working hard to take care of our furry and feathery friends.

One of the things we love about the shelter—it accepts all kinds of animals! Deathrow is a huge facility and it has a lot of space, which makes it an ideal place for abandoned, lost, and surrendered animals.

Another thing we love is that it’s a non-profit, volunteers-only organization. Every single cent is used for animal welfare so all donations are used to save more animals and improve their health.

However, this might also be the reason why the shelter needs improvement in communicating with pet owners and those who want to donate. Since Deathrow’s composed of volunteers, it’s difficult for them to keep track of and respond to emails.

We recommend adding other means of contact so more volunteers and pet lovers can reach the shelter easily. Every contact matters—whether it’s for donation or for bringing in an animal—because it can save a life.

We also found out that Deathrow is working with communities that run therapeutic programs for animals. So those pets that are victims of abuse can recover from the trauma they’ve experienced—such heart for our fluffy friends!

If you think of adopting animals, Deathrow’s one of the best places to go to. The shelter does its best to care for every single animal it has in its care, so you’ll get not only a furry friend, but also advice on how to take care of them.

FAQs About Animal Shelters

Animals need care and love. Whether you meet abandoned or lost animals, or can’t take care of your own due to circumstances, don’t hesitate to send our furry friends to an animal shelter where they can be taken care of. 

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