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Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic - March 20

Promoting responsible pet ownership will be the focus of the 2016 Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic Day, proudly supported by PetQuarters.

The 10th Annual Pets Picnic will be held on Sunday 20th March at Speers Point Park (near Newcastle).

With a quarter of a million healthy dogs and cats put down every year, the organisation will be educating dog and cat owners on how to look after their pets to ensure they don’t end up in the pound and put to sleep.

“A four-legged friend is a lifetime commitment that can bring you endless joy, and we urge the people of the Hunter to please save the life of one who's already at a pound by giving them a loving home,” said Hunter Animal Rescue President, Jaimie Abbott. Hundreds of pet owners and their pooches are expected to turn out for this free family event which will feature competitions including best dressed pet, best trick, fastest eating and the most unique pet. “

There will be a big line-up of entertainment and there will be something for everyone, including pet portraits, market stalls, a jumping castle and high tea for hounds,” said Ms. Abbott. 

Speers Point Park - Photo: Marina Neil

Hunter Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that saves the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats each year. Volunteers dedicate their time to finding new homes for abandoned pets facing euthanasia.
All animals are kept in foster care homes where they experience a good quality of life.

Since 2004, they have re-homed thousands of pets across the Hunter Region and beyond. The organisation works closely with Muswellbrook, Port Stephens, Wyong, Singleton, Gosford and Dungog Pounds as well as the RSPCA at Rutherford to reduce the number of animals put to sleep in these facilities

When: Sunday 20th March, from 10am to 4pm

Where: Speers Point Park (17km from Newcastle).

Cost: Free

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