Save-A-Dog Scheme Inc
Special needs program
Address & Telephone
36 Weir St Glen Iris VIC
(03) 9824 7928 or 0418 389 810
Shelter open 7 days/week
9am to 5pm (animal viewing 10-4)
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About Us

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Save-A-Dog Scheme (SADS) is a community-based not-for-profit animal welfare organisation that saves hundreds of dogs and cats from being killed every year. We have a no-kill philosophy and provide veterinary care to sick or injured animals so they can live out their natural lifespan.

SADS was established in 1985 to offer a humane alternative to the killing of unwanted dogs, especially dogs of good temperament, that would otherwise be destroyed at pounds and shelters.

Who We Are and What We Do

Save-A-Dog Scheme is an incorporated, non-profit, community-based organisation controlled and operated by volunteers with the help of paid staff. It operates as a registered animal shelter and combines this with foster care in the community. Each dog is desexed, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped, vet-checked and temperament-assessed prior to adoption.

The No Kill Philosophy

Save-A-Dog Scheme has a no kill philosophy and believes that the dichotomy of a dog being "Mans Best Friend" on the one hand and an unwanted article for destruction on the other is totally unacceptable. Save-A-Dog Scheme is a "coal-face" organisation, which saves hundreds of dogs each year and which seeks, by example, to provide a better way of treating non-human animals.

Where Your Money Goes

Save-A-Dog Scheme relies on donations for its continuing existence and does not receive any government funding. Donations to Save-A-Dog Scheme help with the general care of the dogs and the maintenance of the organisation. The greatest expense is for veterinary treatment for the dogs, which includes the care of sick and injured dogs. These dogs are nursed back to health rather than being destroyed as they may be elsewhere.

Our Shelter Facilities

Save-A-Dog Scheme is based in Melbourne at a state-of-the-art facility in Glen Iris that functions as a regional pound and (virtually) no-kill shelter. Opened in October 2006 and expanded in 2012, the building is owned by Stonnington Council and operated by Save-A-Dog Scheme.

In mid-2009 we purchased our own property in Yarrambat, just north of the city. It currently operates as a boarding kennel and cattery so we're busy with plans to modify the existing facilities to comply with our shelter code. Once operational, Yarrambat will work in addition to, and in conjunction with, our Glen Iris home. For more information on progress at Yarrambat, click here ...

Glen Iris Premises

The pound/shelter facilility in Glen Iris is owned by the City of Stonnington and operated by Save-A-Dog Scheme. It was opened in 2006 and expanded/upgraded by the council in 2012, primarily in response to a significant increase in demand for cat accommodation.


Yarrambat Property

Once development work is complete, SADS will operate this facilility in conjunction with Glen Iris

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