Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service (PMAWS) is a NSW Government registered charity. It is a non-profit group, dedicated to the welfare of domestic animals in the Port Macquarie/Hastings area and beyond.

We help abused, abandoned and unwanted animals and rely heavily on invaluable assistance from donations, fundraising, foster carers and voluntary workers.

Our group, PMAWS, aims to help create a community where every pet has a permanent loving home, every companion animal is de-sexed – as a precaution to limit breeding cycles – and where all animals are treated with respect and compassion. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world!

Some members have extended their committment to animal welfare far beyond their own lifetime by making a deferred gift to PMAWS in their wills or estate plans. The members pay tribute to those individuals whose spirit of caring endures into the future.

One of the most important aspects of our welfare group is that we have a no-kill policy. No animal will ever be euthanased unless it is too ill to respond to veterinary treatment.

Our dogs and cats are not kept in pens or cages, they live with our foster carers until they are adopted and placed in their new permanent home – no matter how long it takes. Cindy, a greyhound cross labrador, has been in long-term care for over 6 years and has finally found a wonderful home locally in Port Macquarie.

Our regular cat and kitten adoption day is held on the second Saturday of the month at PETstock on Lake Road, Port Macquarie, between 10 am and 1pm.  Dogs may also be in attendance on these days, depending upon availability, but will be available to meet by appointment. We invite members of the community who are interested in adopting either a cat or a dog to come along and see all our animals available for adoption.

Many of our dogs and cats are surrendered by families who no longer are able to care for their family pets. Often, elderly people have to surrender their pets when they go into retirement villages or nursing homes, or if the pet becomes too hard to look after.

PMAWS is run without any government funding so obviously fundraising is extremely important for our survival. Anyone interested in animal welfare is welcome to join our team and help improve the lives of pets by becoming a member, a voluntary worker or a foster carer. We guarantee the work’s immensely satisfying, fun and involving.

If PMAWS has any kittens or puppies in care that are too young to be desexed you can view them on our Facebook page. Once they are desexed we will add them to PetRescue. More photos of our cats and dogs can be found on our Facebook page as well.


Leonie Heath on 02 6581 4776 or 0405 138825

Website: www.pmaws.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Port-Macquarie-Animal-Welfare-Service-PMAWS-129686863739004/

Pet Rescue: https://www.petrescue.com.au/groups/10248

Visit:  www.petrescue.com.au/groups/10248

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Liz Walden

Liz has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Pet Insurance to the market. She has headed up Petsecure marketing for the past 10 years, and is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by rescue groups around Australia, and those who work to promote a better life for all animals

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