Animal Rights and Rescue - Caring for animals

Animal Rights and Rescue Group are staunch advocates for all animals. We have fought and won many cases in defence of the rights of animals to live without cruelty and care for all of them.

Without our wonderful carers we would not have the means to save so many animals from certain death or ill treatment, help them recover their health and confidence and give them a second chance in a permanent loving home.

We are always looking for suitable carers to house and care for our rescue animals until such time as they are adopted and the more carers we have, the more animals we can save. Foster caring is a very rewarding experience for both single people and families and all food and vet work is provided.

If you live in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW (Australia) and would either, like to know more or, want to become a carer, please read through our FAQs, fill in our online form below and we will contact you to discuss the many facets of caring for our animals before adoption.


Some questions you may need to ask us are answered below:-




Do I have to live in the Northern Rivers?

Yes! Our animals are located in these areas and as such our carers need to live within these areas. If you want to become a carer of animals our links page lists other groups who may be in your area and who may need carers.

Do I have to pay for Food for animals in my care?

There was a time when all food costs were covered by the carers, but through the generosity of public food donations, Uncle Bens and Meat E Vite we can now provide food to our carers.

What about Veterinary Fees?

ARRG pays for all veterinary fees for animals in care.

Can I be a 'Foster Carer' if I have other animals?

Yes, if your pets are comfortable to receive short-term or long-term visitors.

I have children, does that rule me out from being a 'Foster Carer'?

No, although we are careful in the choice of animal where toddlers live. We explain further when talking to potential new carers.

How long are the animals in care?

There is no strict time-frame for animals in care. They remain with the carer until such time as a suitable permanent home can be found.

Is there a limit to the number of animals I can foster?

Our priority is the care of the animals, therefore we are guided by practicalities, your facilities and the time you have available to care. We do not want to overburden our carers.

Most local councils do not have limits on the number of dogs you can house on your property, other than Kyogle Council who do have a limit.

Do I have a choice of the type and size of animal I would want to foster?

Your situation, other pets, and your choice determines what size and type of animal you are able to care for.

Are you still wanting to find out more about becoming a Foster Carer of Animal Rights and Rescue animals?

If you live within (or are moving to) the Northern Rivers Region or the Port Macquarie Area and would like to become an Animal Rights and Rescue Group carer, please contact us.

We will call you within the next few days to discuss your possible caring further.



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