About AAPS

About AAPS

The founders were a group of people greatly concerned about animal welfare, to help address the need for an Animal Shelter in the South Eastern region of Melbourne in Victoria.

Established over 50 years ago, our shelter cares for and nurtures homeless animals, aiming to return as many as possible to their owners or find them new fur-ever homes.

Although most animals in our care are dogs, cats, and rabbits, the shelter accepts all animals in need, including native animals, farm animals, birds, ferrets, and other domesticated animals.

AAPS is a community-based, registered Charity that relies almost entirely upon volunteers and community support to provide financial support for the shelter, as we do not receive any ongoing Government funding.  We work closely with ALL animal welfare organisations in our endeavour to provide protection, assistance, and welfare for all animals.


Board of Directors 

  • Trudi Sheppard, President
  • Helen Hone, Vice President
  • Andrew Stopp, Treasurer
  • Anita Romleigh, Secretary
  • Tracey Evans, Board Member
  • Graham Ambrose, Board Member
  • Andrew Fielder, Board Member


Megan Benton. Email: megan.benton@aaps.org.au

Megan began volunteering in 2011, was invited to join the Board in 2014 and became President in 2016. In 2020, Megan took up the role of General Manager and since then her leadership has spoken for itself: setting up and opening a Vet Clinic, contract for Perry Road signed, continued operation throughout the COVID19 pandemic, and a working relationship with Local Council. Megan Benton was appointed CEO in 2023.


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