COVID-19 update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BARC is changing the way it operates until further notice.

Pets can still be adopted and lost pets can still be claimed, but this is now strictly by appointment.

Please note, all adoption fees/lost pet infringements can only be paid over the phone. Cash will not be accepted at this time.

Should you want to meet/collect a pet, you will be directed to the BARC car park where the animal will be securely waiting for you. Staff will be on-site to assist if necessary, but every effort will be taken to limit contact between staff and members of the public.

BARC is still accepting surrendered pets, however we ask that if possible you contact us prior to arrange a suitable time to bring your pet in.

Please click here for further information and advice for animal owners during COVID-19.

We are a caring family

Here at the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre (BARC) we are dedicated to providing a safe and caring temporary home for your lost or new best friend. We are constantly striving to create a community of responsible pet owners by providing support and information for all pets big and small.

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Interested in volunteering at the shelter?

The Bendigo Animal Relief Centre is always on the lookout for caring and loving people to be a part of our family through volunteering or practical student placement.

Interested in becoming a Foster Carer?

BARC is currently seeking applications from homes who are willing to foster animals. Fostering involves taking an animal into your home and caring for it just as you would your own, while they undergo required health or behavioural care to prepare them for adoption. You can download the Foster Carer Application form here. If successful, you will be required to sign the Foster Care Agreement which details the conditions of Foster Care. You can read the Foster Care Agreement here.