Animal Shelter


Wingecarribee Shire Council has an animal shelter located inside its Resource Recovery Centre complex on the corner of Bowman Road & Berrima Road, Moss Vale.

All visitors to the shelter should report to the shelter office on arrival.

Animals Available For Adoption

Wingecarribee Animal Shelter only has cats and dogs available for adoption. If you are looking to adopt other animals please visit the Pet Rescue website. 

Volunteering at the Shelter

Here at the shelter, we have a large number of committed volunteers. Some attend weekly to either walk the dogs and/ or socialise with the cats and kittens. Others volunteer their time when and where they can. The age you can volunteer is:

16 years old - 18 years old with an adult

18 years onwards - no adult required


Our dog walkers attend the shelter from 8.30 am- 9.30 am/10 am depending on the number of dogs and volunteers on the day.

Dog walkers are welcome 7 days a week at this time, except public holidays and days the shelter is closed to the public. 

We assess what dogs suit each volunteer and provide vests, dog treats, harnesses, toys and leads. 


Cat cuddling happens from 10.30 am-3 pm, Mon- Fri and 10 am-12 noon Saturday and Sunday. Closed public holidays/ days the shelter is closed to the public. 

This includes socialising with kittens and cats. It is just as important for cats to be comfortable with new people as it is for the dogs. The volunteers offer great experiences and enrichment for the animals. This assists the animals become more adoptable. Cat treats and toys are available for volunteers to use while in the cattery.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter please call 02 4868 1520.

Impound Periods & Fees

All impounded animals are held for the statutory periods: 

  • 14 days for registered and micro-chipped dogs and cats. 
  • 7 days for unregistered and unidentified dogs and cats. 

The animal shelter has a minimal euthanasia policy - every effort is made to re-home all suitable unclaimed dogs and cats.

Council's Fees & Charges

Alternatives to Euthanasia Policy

Wingecarribee Animal Shelter is operated on a philosophy of minimal euthanasia. This means giving every companion animal that arrives at the Shelter good care and the opportunity when it is viable to be re-homed without the threat of being subject to arbitrary euthanasia after the minimum holding period.

This policy: 

  • Aims to minimise the euthanasia of companion animals impounded at the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter by considering all possible alternatives to euthanasia and where practicable, to adopt these alternatives on every occasion.
  • Recognises that euthanasia of feral and infant companion animals within the minimum holding period may be necessary when advised by a veterinarian.
  • Complies with Sections 64 and 64A of the Companion Animals Act 1998 (the ‘Act’)

Contact, Opening Hours & Location

The Animal Shelter is currently only open to the public by appointment only and for genuine enquires about purchasing cats or dogs until further notice.

You will be required to wear masks and sign in with the QR code upon arrival.

This is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 Greater Sydney outbreak, Wingecarribee Animal Shelter is taking necessary and responsible measures to protect the health and safety of our staff and volunteers.

In this time we won’t be accepting donations.

We hope you and your loved ones are in good health and stay safe in these uncertain weeks ahead.

Wingecarribee Animal Shelter 


02 4868 1520 


Resource Recovery Centre, 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale

Opening hours at the animal shelter are: 

Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm 

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 12 noon 

Closed: Public Holidays

Surrenders are via appointment only. 

Please contact the shelter on 02 4868 1520 to discuss the surrender process and to arrange an appointment time.

Wingecarribee Animal Shelter Facebook Page