About the Animal Rights and Rescue Group

Steffensen, Barbara, with dogs. Animal rights and Rescue. Wollongbar 2.JPGThe Animal Rights and Rescue Group is a registered charity that was formed in 1995, following the closing of the RSPCA branch in the region.

The group was started by Barbara Steffenson and a small group of dedicated people who worked tirelessly to help the unwanted, injured and neglected animals. The group continues to work seven days a week and is always urgently in need of committed volunteers and foster carers.

Through generous donations to Animal Rights & Rescue Group, and a huge amount of work by our members to raise funds, with garage sales, 2nd hand clothing and goods, markets and stalls we try to cover the costs involved in helping these animals.

The animals are mainly cared for in Foster Carer homes, with a few living at our Centre in Lismore. We are desperately trying to raise funds to build much-needed emergency accommodation.

Our network of wonderful Veterinary Surgeons assist in low cost desexing, which is paramount to reduce the large numbers of unwanted pets currently being euthanised daily in pounds across Australia.

Where breaches of the Cruelty to Animals Act occurs ARRG refers to the local RSPCA Inspector or the police and supports and assists where possible.

We are a NO KILL group, which does restrict the number of animals we can accept into care due to the number of carers at any given time.

Our Emergency Care Shelter will be important in the growing number of animals that find themselves homeless with their owners, are victim of domestic violence or those needing care for an animal due to emergency health problems of their owners.

ARRG recognises the need to educate our young people about the responsibilities of owning and caring of a family pet. We have participated in education programmes for schools to assist our young and hopefully give a brighter future for our pets.

We would like to establish a low-cost desexing programme to assist in the prevention of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. We see a mobile desexing clinic as a necessity to assist rural people in desexing their animals.

We will continue to represent the pet as a valuable part of our community and family, and will fight to ensure they are not treated as a disposable item.




Monty dumped in severe pain aged 3 mths
Monty a collie x puppy was dumped at 3 months of age by heartless people and was taken to the pound who called ARRG for help. He was severely neglected and had one of the worse skin conditions we have seen and this little puppy was in severe pain with red and hot swollen limbs. More info »

TESSIE a 1 year old foxie x was dumped
TESSIE a 1 year old foxie x was dumped in Kyogle and taken to the pound... More info »

'RONNIE' a mature rooster dumped
'RONNIE' a mature rooster in very poor condition was dumped in Nimbin and seen wandering around town for days... More info »

PEPPIE a 10 year old and blind terrier dumped.
PEPPIE a 10 year old and blind terrier was dumped at our centre at night. More info »

3 Kittens dumped at Power Stn
Three tiny kittens were dumped at the Toowoomba power station... More info »



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COVID-19 Procedures
ARRG is now following COVID-19 social distancing procedures, as per government recommendations, until the PANDEMIC PASSES. More info »

We would like to say a big thank you to Steve and Karen from Lions Club of Tweed Coast South who made a generous donation of $1500. More info »

Richmond Sand and Gravel
A big thank you to Richmond Sand and Gravel, Lismore, for their very generous donation of sand and metal dust for our Centre. More info »

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