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Dog Rescue Newcastle welcomes helping paw

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Dog Rescue Newcastle has received a much-needed helping paw.

The Petbarn Foundation and the Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC) have donated an $11,000 pet care relief package to the service as part of their partnership to aid rescue groups in need.

Dog Rescue Newcastle’s Marketing Manager, Jesse Reinhard, says the donation will be a big help.

“It’s a very uncertain time but we are so grateful to [The Petbarn Foundation and ARC] to be able to keep doing our work and helping the community,” he says.

Dog Rescue Newcastle plans to use this donation to help its volunteers and the community.

The food will be distributed to its foster carers and, through an outreach program, will be offered to locals in need.

“We are also reaching out to the community to offer food to families who are struggling to pay for the food for their animals,” Mr Reinhard says.

Dog Rescue Newcastle collecting the donations on Wednesday.

“We are supporting the community that supports us.”

The Petbarn Foundation Chairperson Scott Charters hopes this initiative will help keep rescue groups afloat.

“We hope our Pet Care Relief Packages will reduce the pressure and support these amazing organisations [which] continue to look after the wellbeing of so many beloved animals,” he says.

Mr Reinhard adds that Dog Rescue Newcastle’s operations have not changed much since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We are still business as usual,” he says.

“We are still saving dogs, but we are adhering to all the health advice from the government, which makes it a little bit slower.”

He says that more people have become foster carers, and there has been a slight rise in adoptions.

However, he wants to remind the community that adopting a dog is a long-term commitment.

“Everybody is adopting and looking for dogs but, when we do go back to normal, we have to make sure the animal’s requirements are met,” he says.

“When we adopt a dog, it’s not just for isolation, it’s for life.”

For more information or to find out how you can support the service during this time, visit Dog Rescue Newcastle’s website.

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