Some paws-itively adorable cats and dogs will gather at Speers Point Park on Sunday for a cause close to their hearts.
Alongside their owners or foster carers, the pets will support Hunter Animal Rescue and its mission to find canines and felines in-need across the region a safe and loving forever home.
Executive committee member Caroline Hawkless says the group is really looking forward to the Pets Picnic event.
“It’s long overdue,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.
“We’ve all suffered through COVID-19 last year so we’re really looking forward to getting back out to the public and sharing and celebrating what we do.
“Hopefully, we will get a lot of people who have adopted from us over the last 12 months come along and say hello.”
Kicking off at 10 am on Sunday 23 May, the volunteers hope it will generate some donations and awareness after a difficult year.
“We want to make sure the animals who go through the pound system and are at risk of staying there for a long time or, god forbid, facing the risk of euthanasia are helped,” Caroline said.
She adds if you are looking for a cat or dog, the event is perfect for you – they will have some of the animals available for adoption at the park, including the adorable Cotton, Ben and Maggie (pictured).
“Ben and Cotton were seized by the RSPCA from a breeding facility that breached animal welfare legislation,” Caroline said.
“Having been the subject of a completed court case they were able to be released to Hunter Animal Rescue for rehabilitation and rehoming.
“Since they arrived in care in early May they have had a health check and were recently desexed.
“They both present with heart murmurs, and resolving ear infections and eye infections.
“Ben also had a hernia which has been repaired and as a consequence of chronic ear infections, Cotton is deaf.
“Ideally, while we would love to rehome them together, their heart murmurs may require a financial commitment of up to $170/month per dog making the cost of their potential care considerable for their new owner.”
If you’re looking for a furry friend, Hunter Animal Rescue encourages everyone to do adopt.
“Don’t look back but think carefully about what your lifestyle is, and what style of animal will really suit you,” Caroline said.
“Be honest about how much exercise you want to do and how much exercise the dog needs and how much time you will have to spend with it.
“These little blossoms [Cotton, Ben and Maggie] will probably suffer from separation anxiety and will not want someone to be away for 10 hours at work and yet there are some other dogs that would be very suited to that.
“I am always encouraging people to take cats, they’re so easy, we rehome them as indoor only, they don’t bark, they don’t annoy the neighbours and they are not as demanding.
“A modern indoor cat is almost as engaging, affectionate and playful as a dog throughout their life.”
The team invites everyone to attend the Pets Picnic.
“Come ready for puppy kisses, kitten cuddles, jumping castles, food and entertainment,” Caroline said.
Go to hunteranimalrescue.com.au for more information.