All the ways you can support local animal welfare - and reduce your waste!

Part of the beauty of reducing your waste is that it often goes hand-in-hand with supporting local charitable organisations.

What you no longer use can often make a big difference in the lives of others.

Many people already know that things like your towels and blankets that aren’t needed anymore can provide much comfort to a lost or stray animal at Geelong Animal Welfare Society. But there are also plenty of other ways you can donate unwanted items to support GAWS’s work.

GAWS operate an op shop and a recycled fashions and homewares store that accept quality second-hand items with 100 per cent of the profits going directly to supporting animal welfare.

Here are some of ways you can support GAWS, while minimising your own waste:

Donate selected pet goods directly to GAWS Shelter and Pound

These are the only items that can be accepted:

  • New or in good condition towels and blankets.
  • Kongs, large tug toys, scratching posts and treats eg, pigs’ ears and dental chews, etc.
  • Dog food (dry food only) and cat food (wet and dry food).
  • Small cat beds and igloos.
  • Flat bed sheets (no elastic).

325 Portarlington Road, Moolap
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm
Public Holidays: 1pm - 4pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).

Donate quality items to the GAWS Op Shop

It accepts clean, quality clothing and household items. Undergarments, sleepwear, bedding (eg, sheets), electrical items and car seats cannot be accepted.

63 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Donate high quality clothes and homewares to GAWS Recycled Fashions and Homewares.
It only accepts a selection of high quality clothing and limited homewares.
The store also sells pet beds and pet coats made from recycled materials by local volunteers.

201 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Open: Wednesday to Saturday: 11am - 3pm

A GAWS representative emphasised that only quality items would be accepted at all of the above locations, and only during opening hours.

“It’s important that donated items are of a certain standard because damaged or soiled items are unable to be sold. It then becomes a cost to our not for profit organisation to dispose of,” they said.

“We are forever grateful for the donations we receive, which supports our continued work.”

About GAWS

For 65 years, GAWS has been sheltering animals and providing re-homing and community education programs, supporting their mission: ‘because every life is precious’.

Last financial year they cared for around 4,300 animals, with 92 per cent of dogs and 87 per cent of cats reunited with their owners, adopted into new homes or transferred to a rescue organisation.

GAWS Animal Shelter and Pound recently reopened to the public again following COVID restrictions. Members of the public can come and see the animals, but animal adoption is by appointment only.

Page last updated: Friday, 30 April 2021