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Hunter Animal Rescue Incorporated

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Hunter Animal Rescue Incorporated

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Charlestown NSW, Australia

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About this organisation

Hunter Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers who dedicate their time to finding new homes for abandoned pets facing euthanasia. All animals are kept in foster carer homes where they experience a good quality of life. The carers also get a good idea of a dog or cat’s personality and suitability for different homes.


We were formed by a small group of self-funded volunteers. Originally, we were foster carers for the PAWS rescue group. Fostering animals from various Sydney pounds and transporting them up to Newcastle to look after them till they found their new homes.


It became apparent after a while that there are many animals in our own backyard (the Lower Hunter) that needed our help, more then what the Sydney animals did as there are so many rescue groups in Sydney and none up here!. So Hunter Animal Rescue was formed, and now we foster Dogs and Cats from various lower hunter pounds and occasionally from Sydney pounds.


In November 2004, Hunter Animal Rescue became an Incorporated Not-For-Profit Association.


In January 2009, Hunter Animal Rescue officially gained Charity status. All donations over $2 are now tax deductible.


– We are completely run by volunteers who spend many hours trying to save the lives of pound animals.


– We have helped reduce the amount of dogs and cats put to sleep in some pounds by 50%.


– We have approx 90 members.


– We work closely with Muswellbrook, Rutherford RSPCA, Port Stephens, Singleton, and Wyong care facilities to reduce the number of animals euthanised in these facilities.


– We rehome over 500 animals a year.


“Hunter Animal Rescue supports responsible pet ownership. We encourage all members of the public to have their dogs and cats desexed before their first season. We look forward to the end of overbreeding of companion animals and a time when there is no longer a need for us to rescue animals from the pound.”


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