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7,551 Lives Saved So Far

From our small beginnings in May of 2008 to January 2018 we have we have saved
   712 cats and
6,839 dogs
for a total of 7,551 animals saved.

They came from deathrow in Hunter and region pounds. from situations of neglect or abandonment, and from people who give us their pets to rehome.

This has been achieved thanks to the incredible dedication of our volunteers, foster carers and donors.

Shiloh is one of the lucky onesIt's a big job trying to stem the tide of misery resulting from greedy people who profit by breeding more and more puppies and kittens while perfectly healthy, but unwanted pets die in pounds. As long as politicians fail to stand up to the pet breeding and selling industry, and people fail to desex their pets, we will need to continue our work of picking up the pieces.

You can see hundreds of photos of our rescued pets on our Facebook Page.


We have more than 70 dogs in foster care at any given time, so we are always in need of more foster carers to assist in saving more lives. 

Henry in the pound and after rescue

We rely on our generous volunteers who feed, wash, walk, care for and open their homes to abandoned companion animals. Without the generosity of our community and volunteers these animals would not have this second chance at a happy life.

All donations $2 and over to Dog Rescue Newcastle are tax deductible. We pay for all veterinary care for our animals. All animals have been de-sexed, vaccinated, micro chipped and registered. We carry out interviews and property checks on prospective adoptive parents before allowing any dog to be re-homed. 

“Dog Rescue Newcastle will continue to work hard within the community and with local councils and other shelters to improve the chances for abandoned, impounded, neglected or abused companion animals to find a second home that can provide the love, care and support they need to flourish” says DRN President Sue Barker.

Dumped Puppies Saved

Unfortunately, puppies and kittens left to die in bins, streets, or the bush are a common occurrence. On the 29th of April 2011 a litter of 7 puppies was found in a broccoli box at on a busy street near Sandgate Markets. Luckily someone investigated the box and the pups were found before they died of dehydration, hypothermia or got out of the box and run over. The person who found them brought the puppies to us (photo below). We put out an urgent plea on Facebook for foster carers and the community responded. DRN found homes for all the puppies.

Seven puppies found dumped in a box

Mumma Cat Saved Puppies

On the 31st of January 2011 we received a litter of puppies who had been found in Cessnock. Someone had put 9 puppies in a bag and left them to die, outside in 40 degree heat. 4 were dead when they were found, and 1 died the next day. We didn't have a dog with pups who could feed them but we had a cat with kittens. Donnatella kindly consented to share her milk to get them through the first night. The 4 surviving puppies were transferred to a nursing dog the next day and grew into lovely little dogs. They have now all been adopted into loving homes. NBN TV aired their story on 3/2/2011. We hope this tragedy will raise awareness about responsible pet ownership and the importance of early desexing.

Cat nursing puppies

If you would like to help us continue our lifesaving work, please foster, donate, volunteer or help us in may other ways. Donations Are Tax Deductible.


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