Our shelters offer accommodation and care for abandoned, neglected, sick and surrendered animals.Home Who we are Locations Shelters Hunter ShelterWho we areAbout RSPCA NSWLocationsSheltersBlue Mountains Shelter (Katoomba)Broken Hill ShelterCentral Coast Shelter (Somersby)Coffs Harbour ShelterHunter ShelterSydney Shelter (Yagoona)Illawarra ShelterOrange ShelterPort Macquarie ShelterVeterinary HospitalsSydney Veterinary Hospital (Yagoona)Hunter Veterinary Hospital (Rutherford)Tighes Hill Veterinary HospitalBroken Hill Veterinary HospitalCare CentresCare Centre TuggerahPetbarnAlexandriaBathurstBelroseBrookvaleCampbelltownCaringbahCastle HillCasulaChatswoodCoffs HarbourDouble BayDubboGladesvilleHoxton ParkKatoombaMittagongNeutral BayNewcastle WestNowraNorth ParramattaOrangePenrith Homemaker CentrePort MacquariePunchbowlRozelleRutherfordShellharbourStrathfieldTamworthWest GosfordWest RydeWetherill ParkMenaiNarrabeenBlacktownMarsden ParkBranches and Support TeamsAlbury Volunteer BranchArmidale Volunteer BranchBathurst Volunteer BranchBlue Mountains Volunteer BranchBroken Hill Volunteer BranchCooma Volunteer BranchCentral West Support GroupEurobodalla Volunteer BranchGlen Innes Volunteer BranchGoulburn Volunteer BranchGunnedah Volunteer BranchHunter Supporter GroupIllawarra Volunteer BranchInverell Volunteer BranchMudgee Volunteer BranchShoalhaven Volunteer BranchOrange Volunteer BranchPort Macquarie Volunteer BranchSydney Auxiliary Volunteer BranchTamworth Volunteer BranchTaree Volunteer BranchTenterfield Volunteer BranchUlladulla Volunteer BranchThe BoardStrategic PlanCareers at RSPCA NSWCommunityAnimal OperationsSupport ServicesFundraisingRSPCA PoliciesLegislationSheltersBlue Mountains Shelter (Katoomba)Broken Hill ShelterCentral Coast Shelter (Somersby)Coffs Harbour ShelterHunter ShelterSydney Shelter (Yagoona)Illawarra ShelterOrange ShelterPort Macquarie ShelterHunter ShelterOur Hunter Shelter provides care, shelter and veterinary treatment to abandoned, injured, neglected and sick animals. Animals arriving at shelters come from a variety of sources, including those:handed in as an injured or sick strayseized by an inspector under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979surrendered by an ownerLocated in Rutherford, the shelter is also the animal holding facility for Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Newcastle City Councils.The shelter offers an extensive Foster Care program, volunteering and corporate support opportunities and a retail shop. A number of school holiday and training programs, including TAFE tours, are also offered. Our Hunter Veterinary Hospital is located onsite, offering services to shelter animals and the public. You can find out more here.All animals suitable for adoption can be found here.Please note, in light of COVID-19, this shelter will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.Where we areContact Details6-10 Burlington Place Rutherford, NSW, 2320Phone: (02) 4939 1555 Fax: (02) 4939 1589Opening HoursAdoptions and surrenders: Wednesday – Monday 9:30 am. – 3:30 p.m., closed Tuesday.Lost and found animals: Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Veterinary clinic: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., closed Sunday. Closed public holidays.Shelter FAQsDo you accept stray animals?Our shelters do not have the means to accept uninjured stray animals. If you find an uninjured stray animal, you will be referred to your local council pound.Where can I see all animals available for adoption?You can see all animals available for adoption here.Why do you charge adoption fees?Animals available for adoption have undergone a comprehensive veterinary check, and have undergone any other veterinary treatment and rehabilitation necessary. The adoption fee helps cover part of these costs and allows RSPCA NSW to continue caring for animals in need.