Who We Are
About Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service (PMAWS)
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.
Our regular Cat & Kitten Adoption Day is held on the first Saturday of the month at PETstock on Lake Road, Port Macquarie, between 10 am and 1 pm. We invite members of the community who are interested in adopting a cat or kitten to come along and see all our animals available for adoption.
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's immensely satisfying, fun and involving.
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.