Behind the Scenes Sydney Dogs& Cats Home

Carlton, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Sue

3.5 hours, Hosted in English
A local favourite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

Start your experience by meeting one of fantastic volunteer or staff hosts who will give you a tour of the Home & explain who we are & the work that we do for the lost & abandoned animals of Sydney.

You'll then have an opportunity to help provide enrichment to one our resident pooches or feline friends, which is a vital aspect of their stay with us.

Get your hands dirty with the side of animal attending you don't often see by helping our staff out with kennel cleaning, washing & laundry.

After the hard work, reward your efforts & stretch your legs by accompanying your volunteer / host on a dog walk. Learn about responsible pet ownership and what is special about our animals.

Then spend some time visiting some of our other residents which could include anything from kittens & rabbits to roosters or helping out with other tasks that help make life run a littler easier for all the shelter.

Finally, as you say goodbye to our furry friends, we'll let you know how you can keep in touch!

Other things to note:

Please wear closed and comfortable shoes; practical, weather appropriate clothing (e.g., sun protection, rain coat) which you don’t mind getting dirty.
Start your experience by meeting one of fantastic volunteer or staff hosts who will give you a tour of the Home & explain who we are & the work that we do for the lost & abandoned animals of Sydney.

You'll then have an opportunity to help provide enrichment to one our resident pooches or feline friends, which is a vital aspect of their stay with us.

Get your hands dirty with the side of animal attending you don't often see b…
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What's included

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Meet your host, Sue

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I'm Sue and I have been involved with Sydney Dogs and Cats Home for 5 years. Starting as a volunteer, progressing to casual member of the Animal Care Team to my current position of Volunteer Coordinator, it has been an amazing journey. Whilst I do not have my own pets, I have been foster caring for animals in need continuously for nearly 2 years. We are excited to show you our home and the animals we have here and show how an animal shelter works.
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About the organisation: Sydney Dogs and Cats Home



Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH) was established in 1946 & today, is Sydney's only charity pound responsibly reuniting & rehoming lost & abandoned pets. Servicing multiple council areas across Sydney, the Home opens its doors to over 3000 pets each year & never places a time limit on any animal awaiting adoption.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.
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Responsible interactions

All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

Caring expert hosts

Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.

Diverse animals

Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.

Where you'll be

The experience all takes place in and around our shelter in Carlton, 35 mins drive south of the CBD, which has been home to the lost and abandoned animals of Sydney since 1946.
Known as the happy pound, we're only a small shelter, but we are bursting at the seams with love and care!

Rated 4.72 out of 5 from 25 reviews.

Dianne
February 2020
Wonderful experience. As a local from Sydney I really enjoyed learning about the fantastic work done at the animal home. Loved meeting the cats and dogs, especially taking a few of the dogs for a walk.
Miyuki
December 2019
First, we had the daily routine of volunteer staff explained then we spent a wonderful time with cute dogs and cats. (At the end of the day, we got plenty of time to pet and cuddle them! ) Sue was very kind and passionate. She really enjoys what she does there and that made me feel I want to get involved and do something for them too. This was a great experience! Thank you Sue!
Emma
November 2019
Magaret was the one who showed us around and she was a delight. Very positive and friendly. Those babies at the shelter were also wonderful to be around. The experience was realistic as well! Would 10/10 do it again.
Rachel
October 2019
What a great experience! So many dogs to pat, walk and take care of. I got to spend some one on one time with one of the residents, which was really nice, and then help make up the dogs' beds in preparation for their evening. It was a great time, very relaxing and enjoyable.
Mila
September 2019
Great experience, would really recommend if you’re looking into getting into volunteering or animal welfare work. Would’ve liked to have had more one on one time with the other animals such as the cats etc. However, that being said adored the time we got to spend with the dogs and especially our walk with Millie❤️
Joanne
August 2019
This was a great way to spend a morning and see all the great work the employees and volunteers at Sydney Dog & Cats home do for these beautiful animals. Our host Margaret was so friendly and welcoming, and it was lovely to spend some time with the animals, and see how well they are looked after. Definitely recommend it!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.