Welcome to Mt Alexander Animal Welfare Inc.
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.
MAAW is supported and advised by the Mt Alexander Shire Council. MAAW operates the Council’s Pound services for Mt Alexander Shire.
Volunteers form the backbone of our activities at our shelter at 24 Langslow Street and at our opportunity shop at 12 Johnstone Street, Castlemaine.
Call in and enjoy a coffee or tea with a delicious muffin at Pause at MAAW Coffee Bar, next to the Opportunity Shop at 12 Johnstone Street, Castlemaine.
Volunteers are vital to our organisation.
Pictured are volunteer Liz Nolan and volunteer/staff member Ebony Carroll at PetStock’s Adoption Day, February 2019.
Purchase of the MAAW Shelter from RSPCA
On 31 January, Brian Heydon, Secretary of MAAW, finalised the purchase of the MAAW Shelter from the RSPCA. Since then we have had wide coverage of the purchase. Interest is particularly high because of the news that the Bendigo Council will take over the RSPCA shelter later this year.
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 on October 8th. Treasurer, Stephanie Miller, President, Tania Butterworth and Secretary, Brian Heydon, showed Maree the plans.
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.
You can click on the Donate button at the top of this page to make an on-line donation. MAAW is very grateful to the community for the wonderful support we have received.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone us at the Animal Welfare Shelter on 5472 5277.
Phone us at the Opportunity Shop on 0488601196.
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Call in to the Shelter or to our Opportunity Shop.
Animal Welfare Shelter: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Opportunity Shop: Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 1 pm
Pause at MAAW Coffee Bar: Monday to Friday 10 am – 3 pm
Download Membership and Volunteer Forms here:
Become a Member – download and fill in the form Membership Application Form
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!!