RSPCA NSW Hunter Shelter
RSPCA NSW has 10 shelters that provide comfortable accommodation and the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals.
The RSPCA NSW Hunter Shelter is located in Rutherford. It provides care, shelter and veterinary treatment to abandoned, injured, neglected and sick animals. It is the animal holding facility for Cessnock City Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland City Council and Newcastle City Council. As well as companion animals, farm and livestock animals are also available for adoption.
The shelter offers RSPCA NSW’s Foster Care program, as well as supported volunteer programs and volunteering roles. There is a year-round Corporate Support Day program, the School Holiday Program and TAFE tours. There is also a retail shop.
Onsite is the RSPCA NSW Hunter Veterinary Hospital. The hospital treats shelter animals, as well as the animals of people in the community. It also provides advice and support to pet owners.
Each year, tens of thousands of animals arrive at RSPCA NSW shelters. The RSPCA works within NSW communities to promote responsible pet ownership with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the number of unwanted animals. Animals arriving at shelters come from a variety of sources, including those:
- surrendered by an owner
- handed in as an injured stray. RSPCA shelters do not have the means to accept uninjured stray animals. If you find a stray animal, you will be referred to your local pound.
- seized by an inspector under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
Staff members assess all animals to ensure they are medically sound and that there are no other issues. Animals requiring extra attention are referred to our veterinarians.
Animals deemed suitable for adoption are advertised on www.adoptapet.com.au. The temperament and wellbeing of all animals available through the RSPCA has been assessed to determine the animal’s suitability for adoption, and identify their unique rehoming requirements. This enables staff to match animals with potential adopters.
All adoption animals have undergone a comprehensive veterinary check, been desexed, microchipped, treated for internal and external parasites such as worms and fleas, and had their initial vaccinations. Dogs are also heartworm tested and treated.
257 animal enclosures
1606 animals rehomed in 2014
643 meals fed per day
Our animals and staff depend on regular and reliable assitance from volunteers. We have a strong commitment to training our staff and volunteers so that the highest standards are maintained. We therefore ask that our volunteers commit to a regular shift. This helps the volunteers gain the skills required to meet these standards and allows them to get the most value out of becoming a trusted member of our team. It also ensures that the time and effort put in by our staff to train volunteers results in benefits for the animals in our care.
How You Can Help
How you can help
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