Hunter Animal Rescue Expands Reach into Port Stephens

A second chance to find a forever home.
A second chance to find a forever home.


Hunter Animal Rescue (HAR) conducted its first foster carer information session in Port Stephens last week, in an effort to increase foster carer participation in the region.

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A second chance to find a forever home.

HAR is a not-for-profit charity run by volunteers who dedicate their time to finding new homes for abandoned pets facing euthanasia.

The organisation rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs and cats rescued from pounds and the RSPCA.

The Port Stephens carer information session was facilitated by Hunter Animal Rescue Vice President and Foster Carer, Rachel Collins, and Port Stephens Carer Coordinator and Foster Carer, Margaret Welsh.

“In our experience, the broader Hunter Animal Rescue’s reach, the more animals we have the ability to save,” Ms Collins said.

“Foster carers are the lifeblood of our organisation.”

For Margaret Welsh, foster caring became an important factor in her life when she became aware of the large numbers of animal impounded and high rates of ‘put to sleeps’.

“I thought it was a very small way that I could help and also to try to highlight the situation to try to encourage awareness,” Ms Welsh said.

“Foster caring is extremely rewarding, I have so many memories and I just love getting feedback and seeing the pictures of very happy dogs with their new families,” she said.

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