About the shelter
According to Petsecure Insurance’s Liz Walden, Claws ‘n’ Paws Rescue founder and group coordinator Christina Pirie started the rescue in 2011 after gentle but persistent nagging and support from her daughter Tatiana. Having adopted her dog Zaffy from a rescue group in 2010, she began championing the needs of rescued animals by becoming a foster carer. She had seen the sad reality of abandoned animals stuck in council pounds and on death row because of a lack of rescues or adoptions.
Christina genuinely thought that she could make a bigger difference by establishing her own rescue organisation in the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. She aimed to come up with a rescue organisation that is “highly organised,” coming up with a solid, tried-and-tested system of providing care to fostered animals and eventually rehome them to loving pet companions. Claws ‘n’ Paws rescue indicate that they prefer not to take private surrenders as they rescue cats and dogs that are on the euthanise list in council pounds as there are usually a sheer number of them.
Christina is a firm believer in providing high-quality nutrition and care to all animals that come into their care. Every animal that is rescued by Claws ‘n’ Paws is provided with veterinary treatments, which includes vaccinations, microchipping, and desexing. A proponent of a natural raw healthy diet and herbal medicine for animals, Christina educates new owners in the benefits of this kind of diet as well as proper training and enrichment.
In its years of operation, she has assembled a strong and extensive network of dedicated volunteer foster carers who come from all over NSW. Since 2017, their efforts have seen them assist in fostering and rehoming over 5,000 rescue animals. The organisation works with local veterinary clinics to provide excellent health care for the animals. All rescued cats and dogs are put in “home style environments” as this has proven to be the best environment to settle the rescued animals, some of whom have experienced trauma.
Prospective adopters are asked to get in touch with the organisation via email or phone. A “meet and greet” with the animal is then arranged, and only then can an application be made. Donations made to the organisation help with the veterinary and food costs.
- Claws N Paws Rescue aims to provide a highly organised rescue group that offers rescued cats and dogs love and care until they’re able to find permanent homes.
- The organisation believes in the value of healthy feeding, quality training, and proper care that new owners should be giving their new pets.
How you can help
Claws ‘n’ Paws is always keen to hear from people who are interested in fostering or adopting! Although their website is currently unavailable, Claws ‘n’ Paws runs an active Facebook page where it posts its Food Donation Drive, its events, its animals for adoption, its photos, and its very active community.