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Hunter Animal Rescue 12th Pets Picnic - May 6


The 12th Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic sponsored by PETQuarters will be held on Sunday 6th May 2018 at Speers Point Park (near Newcastle).

With thousands of healthy dogs and cats euthanised yearly, Hunter Animal Rescue emphasises the importance of making an educated decision when it comes to bringing a new four-legged member into your family.

Hunter Animal Rescue’s main mission is to give vulnerable animals a second chance at life. A new best friend is a commitment that will bring you joy and love, and we encourage the people of the Hunter to adopt from a rescue group,” said Hunter Animal Rescue President, Caroline Hawkless.


Bailey & Skyler (owner: Sarah Mark) attend the 2016 Pets Picnic - Photo (and lead shot) Credit: Max Mason-Hubers
After the 2017 event was first postponed due to extreme heat, then abandoned due to inclement weather, Hunter Animal Rescue volunteers are eager to participate in the day.

“We have over 60 volunteers assisting us on the day which will feature a variety of activities including market stalls, pony rides, petting zoo, a jumping castle for the kids, and entertainment” said Ms Hawkless.

Hunter Animal Rescue has been operating since 2004 and works closely with local pounds organisation works closely with local pounds and the RSCPA to reduce the number of animals euthanised in these facilities.


The Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic is a free family event for all ages, and breeds! It will feature market stalls, entertainment and kids activities, as well as competitions for pets in attendance such as Best Dressed and Fastest Eater.


Hunter Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that saves the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats each year. Run entirely by volunteers, Hunter Animal Rescue’s foster carers provide temporary care for dogs and cats in need before placing them into loving adoptive families, while volunteers coordinate events and fundraising efforts to raise much needed funds to continue the charity’s vital work.

When: Sunday 6th May 2018, from 10:00am to 2:00pm 

Where: Speers Point Park, Park Road, Speers Point, NSW, 2284 (17km from Newcastle). 

Cost: Free (dogs on leash are welcome)


For details, visit this Event's Facebook page 


About Hunter Animal Rescue

Hunter Animal Rescue (HAR) 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 and the carers get a good idea of a dog or cat’s personality and suitability for different homes.

HAR was formed by a small group of self-funded volunteers who were originally foster carers for the PAWS rescue group – fostering animals from various Sydney pounds and transporting them up to Newcastle to look after them until they found their new homes.

It became apparent that there were many animals in our own backyard that needed help especially since there were many rescue groups in Sydney and none up here. So HAR was formed, and now we foster dogs and cats from the Upper / Lower Hunter, Newcastle, Central Coast and Port Stephens areas.


Photo Credit (lead shot): Heisenburg sitting in an old cannon barrel (2016) - Max Mason-Hubers.
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