Animal Aid Events


Are you ready for an Adventure!?


Does your dog love, getting out and about, leaping and bounding, wading through water and muddy meadows?
We're welcoming all dog lovers and their canine pals to take part in Adventure Dog - A Cross Country Challenge, help us raise money to care for the animals at Animal Aid.
Join us at the picturesque Wandin Park Equestrian Centre, where you and your furry friend will be mentally & physically challenged by 25 obstacles spread over almost 4km.
Together you will venture over the hills, under the logs, through the mud, you will enter the bush and plunge into the water with a splash! All while enjoying the views across the Yarra Valley towards Mt Donna Buang.
Friends and family are welcome to come along on the day to give their support, there will be plenty of activities to keep them busy while you hit the course! After completing the challenge you and your four-legged friend will have a chance to re-join your supporters and refuel with plenty of food and drink on offer in the event village.
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Charity Poker Run


Want to take a trip through the picturesque Yarra Valley, win awesome prizes and at the same time, support a great cause!?

Then put on your jacket or buckle up and join us at the... ANIMAL AID CHARITY POKER RUN!


Animal Aid’s inaugural Charity Poker Run will raise much needed funds to support the homeless animals in our care. We will start and finish the course at Animal Aid’s Coldstream facility with 3 stops along the way.

At each location along the 200km course you will receive a playing card, when you reach the final stop the person with the best poker hand will win! There will be great raffles, games and prizes at every destination!

Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount and register before the 12th February for only $20! Tickets are available online via Eventbrite, or by calling the Animal Aid events team on (03) 8756 1335.

We will treat you to a BBQ lunch, great views and lots of fun.

Click here to see the amazing course.

See the event on Facebook.

Sponsorship opportunities still available!

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Puppy Preschool and Dog Training at Animal Aid

Give your pup the best start

Animal Aid’s dog trainer is here to give you the tools needed to teach your dog skills for life.

Puppy pre-school is a must, it is an opportunity to give your puppy the best start and to help them grow up into a happy and social dog.

From the age of 8-16 weeks your dog is in a critical period, your puppy is absorbing everything and these experiences, both good and bad, stay with them for life. By beginning your dog’s training during this early developmental stage you are setting them up with right tools to navigate their way through meeting new people, meeting other dogs, new surfaces, different noises and more.

Animal Aid’s puppy pre-school covers socialisation, basic obedience, curbing behavioural issues early, reward-based training and dog health.

Animal Aid will be runs Puppy Preschool every month of the year.

Animal Aid’s Puppy pre-school is $90 for 4 weeks.

If you’d like to know more or want to enrol your puppy please call Animal Aid on (03) 9739 0300.

Training for life

Puppy pre-school gives your pup the foundational life skills it needs to grow up into a happy and social dog. As your pup gets older it will begin to explore its surroundings more and test the boundaries. It is at this point that ongoing training will strengthen the bond between you and your dog, improve communication between you and your dog and help to minimise any budding behavioural problems.

Animal Aid’s 10 week group classes are designed to help you better understand your dog so your dog is willing and happy to work with you long into the future.

Animal Aid’s Group Obedience Program is $210 for 10 weeks.

Animal Aid’s Group Obedience Program is a great follow-on from Puppy Pre-school. If you’d like to know more or to enrol your dog call Animal Aid on

(03) 9739 0300.

Community Events supporting Animal Aid

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Dog Walking Group

First Saturday, Every Month!

You can support Animal Aid AND exercise your dog at the same time by participating in the walking group organised by Animal Aid supporters.

On the first Saturday of each month, a group meets at a designated point along the Warburton Rail Trail for a walk to help raise funds for shelter animals in need of special veterinary care. Everybody is welcome, whether a dog owner or not. All walks are suitable for prams and strollers, although it can be a little rough in some places. All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. The walk lasts for approximately 2 hours.

Meeting points for 2018

  • FEBRUARY – MILLGROVE towards Warburton. Melway Ref 289 D4

           Meet in the BBQ area beside public toilets.

  • MARCH – SEVILLE towards Wandin. Melway Ref 119 K8

            Meet at Warburton Trail parking area at end of Station Road.

  • APRIL – GRUYERE towards Seville East. Melway Ref 285 G5

            Meet at picnic area – 50 metres on left of Kylie Lane. (Limited Parking)

  • MAY – LAUNCHING PLACE towards Woori Yallock. Melway Ref 287 H6

            Meet in car park beside Home hotel on the Warburton Highway.

  • JUNE – WOORI YALLOCK towards Launching Place. Mel Ref 286 E 10

            Meet at the Warburton Rail Trail car park at the end of Symes Road.

  • JULY – YARRA JUNCTION towards Millgrove. Melway Ref 288 D 8

            Meet in the car park of Yarra Junction Reserve near the Public Toilets.

  • AUGUST – GRUYERE towards Wandin. Melway Ref 285 5

            Meet at picnic area – 50 metres on left of Kylie Lane. (Limited Parking)

  • SEPTEMBER – SEVILLE towards Gruyere. Melway Ref 119 K 8

            Meet at Warburton Trail parking area at end of Station Road.

  • OCTOBER – LAUNCHING PLACE towards Woori Yallock. Mel Ref 287 H 6

            Meet in the car park beside the Home Hotel on Warburton Highway.

  • NOVEMBER – WANDIN towards Seville East. Mel Ref 119 B 10

            Meet at the car park where the Warburton Highway crosses
            Warburton Trail.

  • DECEMBER – WARBURTON Yarra River Walk. Mel Ref 289 J 4

            Meet at the BBQ area in front of Golf Club. This is a circular walk
            returning to the start by a different route.



Make sure you bring "doggie" bags for those clean-up tasks, morning tea, for self and dog, drinking water for dog.

Meeting time is 9.30 am;  walk starts at 10.00 am. Registration fee of $5 goes to the Animal Aid special surgery fund to help dogs in need of surgical procedures.