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 desexed - 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 commitment 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 euthanised unless too ill to respond to veterinary treatment, and only under veterinary advice.

Our 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, and currently do have a number of long term cats in care. We aim to find the best home for our cats, not the first one.

Cats & kittens are a life-long commitment. If you aren't able to commit to a pet for their lifetime but still want to have that connection, maybe foster caring is something you could consider. Please have a chat to Leonie, Jenny, or any of our friendly volunteers if you think this may be something you can help us with. We are always in need of foster carers to look after the animals until they find their forever homes. The more carers we have, the more cats and kittens we can save.

Many of our cats come from death row in local pounds, or are surrendered by families who are no longer 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 is immensely satisfying, fun and involving.

Contact PMAWS
Address: PO Box 2025
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Email: pmaws@hotmail.com

Phone: 02 6581 4776
Mobile: 0405 138 825

Adoption Process

The first step to adoption once you find the purrfect pet, 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 a property inspection will be carried out on properties in the Port Macquarie area.

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

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)
Phone number 1
0405 138 825
Phone number 2
02 6581 4776
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PO Box 2025 Port Macquarie NSW 2444
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2 Dogs
37 Cats
Other Pets
0 Other Pets
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    Mack is a large lovely boy who is friendly and loves a pat and smooch. Mack has a stunted tail and is presumed to be a Bobtail cross. He is approximately 3 years old.
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  • Greyson

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  • Shadow

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  • Lachie

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  • Skyla

    Skyla is a sweet, gentle little girl who loves a cuddle and has a very relaxed little nature! She purrs as soon as she is picked up and loves to be in company of her carers and playmates. She will...
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Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service Inc. was created on 2012-08-10 11:18:06 +0800.