COVID-19 update

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


If you have had a look at the animals we have available for adoption, and there is someone you are keen to meet, we will require you to submit an adoption application. To do this, simply download our Pre-Adoption Questionnaire and COVID Safety Questions, and send them to us at [email protected] along with the name of the animal you would like to adopt! Please be sure you are ready to come and meet the animal, as we are unable to hold any animals and they will continue to remain available for adoption if you are unable to attend. You will be required to provide proof of ID and address when you attend.

Reclaims and Surrenders

Pets can still be reclaimed from BARC, and we are still accepting surrenders. We will require you to answer our COVID Safety Questions and provide proof of ID and address, we also ask that you make an appointment to minimise your wait time and support social distancing. Access to our facility may be limited and we ask you to respect our request to wait outside or in their car to limit the number of people entering our facility.

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.