About Us

Commitee 2019Pictured: HPAWS 2019-20 Committee


Horsham PAWS is a community based association with a strong commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving the welfare of lost, abandoned and relinquished pets in the Horsham Municipality. Since forming in April 2010, Horsham PAWS has partnered with Horsham Rural City Council in establishing a successful re-housing program at the local pound.   In 2011 council entered into a formal agreement with Horsham PAWS to enable fostering of cats and dogs awaiting adoption.  

Horsham PAWS is managed by a committee of 10 elected volunteers and is supported by a membership base of individuals who share a passion and commitment to animal welfare. The association receives no formal funding, relying on membership fees, fundraising and donations from the community.

Our Vision

To show leadership in pursuing high standards of animal welfare in the Horsham Municipality and working towards zero overpopulation of companion animals.

Our Mission

To promote and support the welfare of companion animals in our community through the formation of partnerships, fundraising, events, direct care and public education

Our Scope

Horsham PAWS works in direct partnership with Horsham Rural City Council to rehouse suitable impounded pets in the municipality.  Only a small number of "special" care adoptions occur outside this partnership, and Horsham PAWS does not generally take in animals directly from their owners.
An 84Y agreement is in place between Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham PAWS for the fostering of impounded pets awaiting adoption.