About the shelter
Located in Albury, New South Wales, Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue (AWAR) rescues dogs and cats from local pounds before they are put to sleep. Through rescue and education, AWAR aims to help reduce the number of unwanted and stray animals and litters.
Run entirely by volunteers, AWAR operates out of foster carers’ homes. Each animal taken in is carefully evaluated for temperament, receive necessary veterinary care, and go into foster care. These rescue animals are treated like family, getting the chance to interact with the carer’s loved ones and other pets. Through this process, AWAR can give detailed accounts on each animal’s personality to potential adopters! However, adopters should be aware that many of these animals have had little or no training before coming to AWAR, or may have been abused or neglected. Some of the animals will need basic training or require extra time to get used to being house pets.
AWAR is always happy to take on new volunteers. You can check their website to see what roles are available. Some of the volunteer opportunities at AWAR include fundraisers, socializers for puppies and kittens, and dog walkers! AWAR has a Facebook group specifically for dog walking, and volunteers meet four times a week in North Albury to walk dogs of all sizes.
You can also get involved by attending AWAR events all year round! Every November, you can get a photo of your animals with Santa, all while supporting animal rescue. In the summer, they host barbeques and other fundraising events that are fun for the whole family. Check AWAR’s Facebook page for upcoming events, so you can come join in the fun!
- Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue’s mission is to save as many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from being put to sleep as possible. Once saved, they focus on finding the perfect home for each animal.
- They also participate in community events to help educate people on the importance of desexing, adoption, and proper animal care.
How you can help
Can’t volunteer, but want to help Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue? You can make a cash or check donation to the rescue. All the donations go to the care of the animals. AWAR’s adoption fees only cover basic vet care, desexing, and microchipping. Many of their animals arrive in need of extra care. Whether it be neglect by previous owners or their time as a stray, these animals often have ear, eye, and skin problems, or other diseases that require treatment.