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Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic 2023 - April 30

Celebrating the resilience of Australian rescue & rehoming organisations

When the community thinks about the welfare of companion animals they are often drawn to those headline grabbing stories involving the work of the RSPCA in bringing a notorious animal abuser to justice. 

Less well known is the rehabilitation and rehoming work undertaken by the over 90 Australian rehoming organisations approved under S88B of the Companion Animals Act 1998.

Hunter Animal Rescue Inc (HAR) is one such rehoming organisation. HAR was formed by a small group of volunteers in November 2004 bringing animals at risk of euthanasia in Sydney pounds and transporting them up to Newcastle to look after them until they found their new homes.

Over the past 19 years, HAR has grown and now supports a number of Council Pounds and the RSPCA across the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Muswellbrook and mid-Coast taking animals in need of rescue into our volunteer foster carer’s homes. 

We do not own or operate an animal shelter or boarding kennel. We receive no government funding and rely on adoption fees, donations and fundraising to cover our costs: food and veterinary work.

In October 2021, HAR entered into a formal agreement to undertake Cat Rehoming services for Lake Macquarie City Council and over the past two years have rehomed over 150 companion animals for that local government area alone, extending to dogs as well.

Our 15th Hunter Animal Rescue Pets Picnic will be held on Sunday 30th April in Speers Point Park to celebrate the role we play in connecting local families to fosters in need of new homes, and indeed the resilience of our foster carers. 

As always, the HAR Pets Picnic is a free family event for all ages featuring market stalls, entertainment and kids activities such as farm animals and a jumping castle. Hunter Animal Rescue will host its own foster cats and dogs in the Cat Cave and Puppy Precinct at the event where local families have the opportunity to meet their potential new forever friend.

“The main mission of Hunter Animal Rescue is to give vulnerable animals a second chance at life and we encourage the people of the Hunter/Lake Macquarie to adopt from a rescue group," our President Danielle Nicholls said.

The event will be officially opened at 10:30am by the Mayor of Lake Macquarie City, Cr Kay Fraser. Cr Fraser who will be bringing her pup along said” “Owning a pet brings joy to so many families right across Lake Macquarie. However, there will always be some animals that need to be rescued, rehomed and rehabilitated, and that’s where the work of Hunter Animal Rescue comes to the fore.

For almost 20 years, this wonderful organisation and its volunteers have assisted thousands of animals, saving them from euthanasia and finding them a forever home. On behalf of everyone in Lake Macquarie, I’d like to thank Hunter Animal Rescue and all the tireless people who have helped keep it going”.

The event will close at 2:00 pm with the drawing of our raffle by major event sponsor, PetQuarters.

When: Sunday 30th April 2023, from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Where: Speers Point Park, Park Road, Newcastle, NSW

Cost: FreeFor updates, follow this Event's Facebook page.

Image Credit (first five photos): Four Paws and A Camera

MEDIA RELEASE, 24th March 2023

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