Welcome to Mt Alexander Animal Welfare Inc


The shelter is an essential service for our animals and community, with that uppermost in our minds and the daily evolving restrictions due to the COVID-19 Virus, MAAW has taken the decision to only open the shelter to the public for essential visits ONLY on a pre-arranged appointment basis. This will commence from 21st March 2020 and continue for the foreseeable future.

The animals at the shelter are our first consideration and will continue to receive our dedicated care.
Bins will be provided outside the gates during business hours for your as always generous donations.

Thank you for your understanding in this unique situation.

Caring for Animals

Mt Alexander Animal Welfare Inc (MAAW) is a not for profit animal welfare organisation providing high quality animal care and community education on animal welfare.  We find lifelong homes for surrendered and homeless animals through careful rehoming programs.

MAAW was formed in September 2017 and is operated by a dedicated and hardworking group of volunteers on the MAAW Committee.  The MAAW Shelter is managed by Robyn Slattery, Manager, MAAW Shelter, who works with a team of animal attendants and volunteers.  The MAAW Opportunity Shop is managed by Tania Butterworth with staff and volunteers.

MAAW is supported and advised by the Mt Alexander Shire Council.  MAAW operates the Council’s Pound services for Mt Alexander Shire.

The New Cattery

The cattery is taking shape and is almost ready for our cats and kittens. VR Builders have completed most of their work on the project and David Walters is continuing with the finishing of the interior with our wonderful volunteers. Working bees to complete the painting have transformed the building and it looks wonderful.  The power is on but we are still to seal the concrete floor, fit the cabinets and install the cat enclosures.   Being such a big project it has taken longer than we anticipated but the finished cattery will be fantastic.

Volunteers are vital to our organisation

Lola, part-time helper, part-time soothing Op Shop volunteer.



Our volunteers are vital to the existance and success of MAAW.  If you are interested in volunteering at either the shelter or the op shop, give them a call and find out what you need to do next to join the team.

Purchase of the MAAW Shelter from RSPCA

On 31 January the MAAW Committee finalised the purchase of the MAAW Shelter from the RSPCA.   Since then we have had wide coverage of the purchase.

Read about it here:

‘Mount Alexander Animal Welfare’s animal shelter model could be applied to other communities‘, February 2, 2019, by Chris Pedler, Bendigo Advertiser.

This purchase comes two years ahead of MAAW’s planned timeline due to our success, funds generated through the Opportunity Shop, and our ability to get a loan from ANZ. We’d like to thank the RSPCA for assisting us and for agreeing to the terms of the settlement back in September of 2017.  Thanks to everyone in the community, to Mt Alexander Shire Council, especially Darren Fuzzard CEO and Bronwen Machin, Mayor, to our wonderful staff and to our fabulous volunteers at the op shop and shelter.

We were required to own the shelter site before we could get building approval to go ahead with our cattery.  Now we have the Certificate of Title we will be able to move ahead with the new cattery.

Our New Cattery

We are delighted to announce that the Victorian State Government is supporting our new cattery with a $50,000 grant.  Maree Edwards MP visited us at the shelter to make the announcement.

Our existing cattery is not compliant with the required standards.  It is hot in summer and cold in winter.  We have begun planning for a new facility to be built.  We think we will need around $150,000 in donations and grants for this to happen.  If you are able to help, even with a small donation, please click on the donate button on this page and mark your donation For the Cattery.  If you are able to help we would be very grateful.


Animal Welfare Shelter:

Email us at shelter@maaw.org.au

Phone us on 5472 5277.

Op Shop Empawrium is open for shopping on Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.  Donations are welcome. 

Email us at opshop@maaw.org.au

Phone us on 5472 4200.

Membership & General Enquiries.

Email us at secretary@maaw.org.au

Look us up and Like us on Facebook. The shelter – Mt Alexander Animal Welfare Inc on Facebook.

The Op Shop Empawrium MAAWOPSHOP https://www.facebook.com/maawopshop

Follow us on Instagram – #mountalexanderanimalwelfare OR #MAAWOPSHOP

Call in to the Shelter or to our Opportunity Shop.


Animal Welfare Shelter:   Monday to Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Opportunity Shop: Tuesday & Thursday 10 am – 3 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

Download Membership and Volunteer Forms here:

Become a Member – download and fill in the form Membership Application Form 2020 or click on the Donate/Join button at the top of the page.

MAAW invites new members to join and to become involved.  Membership is just $10 for 12 months.

We depend on volunteers so please volunteer with us!!

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