Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service Inc.

Active in New South Wales

Rescue Group

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 Pet Adoption Day is held on the first Saturday of the month whilst the Dog Pet Adoption Day is held on the 4th Saturday of the month, at PETstock on Lake Road, between 10.00a.m. and 1.00p.m. 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.

Contact PMAWS (Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service, Inc)

Dog Contact: Nigel Bird / Wendy Lecussan
Phone: 02 6584 6142/02 6584 7027
Address: PO BOX 2025 Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cat Contact: Leonie Heath
Phone: 0405 138 825

Adoption Process

The first step is to phone (preferred ) or email Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service for assessment regarding prospective ownership and pet suitability.

Adoption Application forms must be completed and include a vet reference and photos of yards and fencing. A property inspection will be carried out on properties in the Port Macquarie area.

New dog owners must have a fully secure, fenced yard offering protection from all types of weather, subject to approval by PMAWS.

A 2 week trial period commences on the day of adoption.

All PMAWS dogs are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heart & intestinal wormed, flea & tick treated.

All PMAWS cats come desexed, microchipped, vaccinated (up to date), wormed, flea treated and litter trained.


Introducing a Kitten/Cat into a new home (especially where either a dog or cat already lives) can be a difficult challenge. It requires patience, perseverance and supervision.

Once your new kitten/cat arrives home, he or she should be made to feel safe in their own room - we call this the "sanctuary". No other cat or dog should be allowed into this room until they are fully comfortable with their new surroundings. The kitten/cat will need bedding, food, water, a view out of a window and somewhere to hide. A good idea in dog and cat families is also a 2 metre tall scratching post, where a kitten/cat can retreat if they need to.

Keep the kitten/cat in a room for the first few days, then, gradually, using a series of wooden chocks (or similar), open the door slightly to allow paws and noses to meet. It can then be opened further to allow the kitten/cat in and out, but not the older cat or dog in. We recommend that this should be continued for 14 days.

PMAWS urges all owners to keep their cats indoors for their own safety. There are people around who aren't fond of cats and can do unthinkable things to our defenceless little babies. Also they can be collected and used as live bait for dog training and fishing lures, and also kittens as live snake food. The only way to keep your kitty 100% safe, is to keep them indoors and we wholeheartedly encourage this practice.

Contact Us

Contact Name
Leonie (cats) Nigel & Wendy (dogs)
Phone number 1
0405 138825
Phone number 2
0403 504 711
Phone number 3
02 6584 6142
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PO Box 2025 (extra contacts) 02 6584 7027 or 02 65814776 Port Macquarie NSW 2444
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Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service Inc. was created on 2012-08-10 11:18:06 +0800.