Since 2008, Dog Rescue Newcastle (DRN) has successfully re-homed and thus saved the lives of more than 6000 dogs and 600 cats. But now the not-for-profit wants to go one better.
To that end, Dog Rescue Newcastle has announced plans to build the very first independent ‘no-kill’ animal sanctuary in the Hunter Region.
The Hunter Animal Sanctuary will provide a stress-free environment for abandoned, neglected or abused dogs and cats to undergo physical, mental and behavioural assessments before being placed into the care of one of Dog Rescue Newcastle’s 150 foster carers or adopted directly.
Dog Rescue Newcastle marketing manager and Hunter Animal Sanctuary project manager Jesse Reinhard told Newcastle Live that the Hunter region was will overdue for a such a facility.
“The Hunter is just too big not to have something like this,” he said.
“Not only will it set DRN up for the future to educate more people and get more people involved, but also to give the community a chance to actually make some real change to ways we think about companion animals.
“The ultimate goal to buy more time for the animals that need it and work with councils and other groups to help reduce the impact of animals being put to sleep.”
With the project very much in its infancy, Dog Rescue Newcastle is currently scouting a suitable site for the sanctuary which will be rolled out in three phases,
The first includes the acquisition of property the construction of barn housing featuring 15 kennels with individual open-air runs, three-day yards for exercise and training, a large yard for playgroups and socialising and an onsite office to facilitate adoptions and general admin.
This is the first step in a 1000-step journey but we’re really lucky that we have such a strong community of animal lovers.Jesse Reinhard – Dog Rescue Newcastle
Stage two will see the construction of a further 15 kennels as well as four isolation kennels, also with individual runs, for decompression and special needs, a further three medium day yards, and a private adoption yard.
This stage would also include the development of hiking trails, and the construction of a multi-purpose event space and 10 to 20 spaces for an indoor, air-conditioned qcattery.
The final, third stage will include the construction of more barn housing (15-30 kennel, a further 10-20 spaces in the cattery and the expansion of the office to include a retail welcome centre.
“We want to provide some lasting change,” Jesse said.
“We don’t want a quick fix in terms of just having a place to stick animals – it’s about bringing the community in and we can do it all together.”
Given that Dog Rescue Newcastle is staffed entirely of volunteers and receives no government funding, the organisation is calling on your help to realise this ambitious and worthwhile dream, by asking that you dig deep and donate to the cause.
“The response has already been really overwhelming. This is the first step in a 1000-step journey but we’re really lucky that we have such a strong community of animal lovers,” Jesse added.
If you are interested in donating to the Hunter Animal Sanctuary campaign or finding out more about the plans and the great work being done by Dog Rescue Newcastle, head here.