About Us

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.

In November 2004, HAR became an Incorporated Not-For-Profit Association and in January 2009 HAR officially gained Charity status. All donations over $2 are now tax deductable.

  • We are completely run by volunteers who spend many hours trying to save the lives of pound animals.
  • We encourage responsible pet ownership and host numerous community events
  • We rehome over 500 animals a year


What Is Fostering?

Pound Co-ordinators work closely with local pounds and circulate photos and information to our Foster Carers. If a Foster Carer is located, the animal of their choice is released from the pound, paperwork is completed and the animal is transported to the Foster Carer.

Some of our animals are also surrendered by the original owner who, for one reason or another, are unable to continue looking after them.

When you adopt a HAR animal you are able to gain a better understanding of the animal’s personality and quirks as they have been in a carer’s home for a minimum of 7 days.

For example, we can tell you if the animal:

  • Likes children
  • Likes other cats or dogs
  • Likes travelling in the car
  • What size yard is needed
  • Height of fences required
  • Lives indoors or outside


Where does the adoption fee go?

The adoption fee reimburses HAR for the veterinary costs incurred by rescuing an animal and preparing it to be rehomed. These costs include microchipping, desexing, vaccinations, worming and flea/tick control.


Becoming a member

HAR welcomes all new members, this enables you to become a foster carer or a volunteer and be up to date with HAR issues and to have your say. To join click here.