Help save a life

Your donations provide food, shelter and veterinary care for the animals until we can find them new, loving homes.

Next adoption day

Saturday 3rd August 2024

All kittens, cats, dogs and puppies up for adoption will be there, plus a good bbq and services for your fur babies. See you there!

Looking to adopt a furry friend?

We are a self-funded, not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing foster care and new homes for abandoned, abused, lost, and unwanted dogs and cats in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Become a Volunteer

We’re always looking for people who want to foster pets, volunteer at our shop in Ballina, help out at our shelter, join in our community events, or assist with general office duties in Ballina.

Become a foster carer

Adopt a furry friend

Donations

Subsidised desexing

Welcome to

NRAS Northern Rivers Animal Services

Established in 2001, Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) is a self-funded, not-for-profit, registered charity committed to rescuing abandoned, abused, lost and unwanted dogs and cats in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Its mission is to provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to allow these animals a second chance at “living their best life”.

Adoption Days are hosted on the first Saturday of the month at the NRAS Rescue Shelter – 61 Piper Drive, Ballina from 10:00am – 1:00pm where you can meet the animals available for adoption; utilise the $10.00 services such as microchipping, nail clipping and hydrobathing or purchase essential pet supplies and accessories from the pop-up merchandise store.

We hope to see you there!!!

What are the steps to adopt a pet at NRAS?

Are you ready to have a pet?

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. Are you and your family ready for it? Consider if you have enough space, time and budget for it. View our “Are you ready for a pet checklist” if you need some guidance.

Complete an ADOPTION QUESTIONNAIRE

The first step in the NRAS Adoption process is to complete an Adoption Questionnaire that will be reviewed and assessed by the NRAS team to ensure the animals are matching with suitable adoptive families.

Proof of home ownership or landlord approval to have an animal (if renting) is a mandatory requirement of the Adoption process.

Arrange a "meet & greet"

Once your Adoption Questionnaire has been processed, the NRAS team will arrange an opportunity to meet the animal you’re interested in, spending time getting to know each other.

A two-week trial period is also part of the Adoption process to ensure all parties, including children and other pets, are happy with the new family addition.

Animals remain with their foster carer or at the NRAS Rescue Shelter until a permanent, loving home becomes available and are all desexed, microchipped, vet checked and vaccinated prior to the Adoption being finalised.

Want to get involved?

NRAS is continuously seeking volunteers to assist in various areas of the organisation, from foster caring, volunteering at the Shelter, helping with administration and office tasks, providing animal transportation, tending to the gardens &/or general maintenance, helping out at events or working in the Op Shop.

Additionally, for a nominal annual membership fee you can help to maintain the organisation’s charitable status, can vote at the Annual General Meeting and/or can stand for a Committee position.

What to do when…

What to do if you find a stray or abandoned cat or dog?

Any lost pets must initially be brought to a local Council Pound for a microchip scan and possibly returned to their owner. In case an owner can’t be reached or if there’s no microchip, the animal should be taken to the Pound. Once at the Pound, dogs or cats have a chance to be claimed. If they aren’t claimed within the set time (14 days for pets with ID and 7 days for those without), they can be given to a local Rescue organization or adopted by a member of the public.

What to do if you lose your cat or dog?

If your pet goes missing, start your search at home by checking in unexpected places where your pet might hide. Look around your property, behind furniture, in the garage, and even in the garden. Next, explore your local streets and reach out to your neighbors for assistance. Ensure your pet wears a properly fitting collar with an ID tag containing your current contact information to aid in their return. Contact local vets, the Council/Pound, and animal rescue organizations, like NRAS at 6681 1860 and ARRG at 6622 1881. Spread the word by doing a widespread letterbox drop and posting information on community noticeboards, shops, supermarkets, beach tracks, and social media. Above all, make sure your pet is microchipped and keep your details up to date with your local council in case of any address or contact changes.

What to do if you need to re-home your cat or dog?

If you think you may need to rehome your cat or dog, please view our article What to do if I need to re-home my pet for good advise. If you want to surrender it through NRAS, please complete our questionnaire here. 

Have you got more questions? You may find the answers here.

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PET OF THE WEEK
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Fun loving, playful and always happy Scrappy is waiting to be your best mate.

Scrappy is a social and energetic 16-month-old medium dog with a smooth butterscotch coat who is always up for an adventure.

He loves a walk and will thrive with ongoing training. Scrappy would suit a home with someone who has time to invest in bringing out his potential and providing him with consistency so he can showcase his abilities and make you proud.

All animals in NRAS’ care are vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed prior to their adoption.

For further information contact the NRAS Shelter Office on 6681 1860 or email: shelter@nras.org.au

Download an Adoption Questionnaire from the website: www.nras.org.au
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PET OF THE WEEK
Mandatory Re-homing #R251 00 00 60

Fun loving, playful and always happy Scrappy is waiting to be your best mate.

Scrappy is a social and energetic 16-month-old medium dog with a smooth butterscotch coat who is always up for an adventure. 

He loves a walk and will thrive with ongoing training. Scrappy would suit a home with someone who has time to invest in bringing out his potential and providing him with consistency so he can showcase his abilities and make you proud.

All animals in NRAS’ care are vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed prior to their adoption.

For further information contact the NRAS Shelter Office on 6681 1860 or email: shelter@nras.org.au

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HELP STOP THE CYCLE OF UNWANTED LITTERS.
JULY is National Desexing Month, but it should be discussed AND actioned all year ‘round.
Assistance to desex your companion animal is available through NRAS’ Subsidised Desexing Scheme.

For information, discuss it today with your VET or contact NRAS ...
T: 6681 1860 E: sds@nras.org.au
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HELP STOP THE CYCLE OF UNWANTED LITTERS.
JULY is National Desexing Month, but it should be discussed AND actioned all year ‘round.
Assistance to desex your companion animal is available through NRAS’ Subsidised Desexing Scheme. 

For information, discuss it today with your VET or contact NRAS ...
T:  6681 1860   E:  sds@nras.org.au

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Ffs desex stop breeding

PET OF THE WEEK

Easy going and affectionate Frankie is a handsome black and white male cat who is confident around new people and content living exclusively inside.

Frankie is almost two years old and always looks dapper with sleek tuxedo markings.

Content and calm he is a pleasure to have in the home and would settle in well to most households.


All animals in NRAS’ care are vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed prior to their adoption.

For further information contact the NRAS Shelter Office on 6681 1860 or email: shelter@nras.org.au

Download an Adoption Questionnaire from the website: www.nras.org.au

Mandatory Re-homing #R251 00 00 60
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PET OF THE WEEK

Easy going and affectionate Frankie is a handsome black and white male cat who is confident around new people and content living exclusively inside.

Frankie is almost two years old and always looks dapper with sleek tuxedo markings.

Content and calm he is a pleasure to have in the home and would settle in well to most households.

  
All animals in NRAS’ care are vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed prior to their adoption.

For further information contact the NRAS Shelter Office on 6681 1860 or email: shelter@nras.org.au

Download an Adoption Questionnaire from the website:  www.nras.org.au 

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Hi Frankie! You are loved💙

Awww what a cutie 🥰

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Adoption Day
Saturday 6/7/24
10am -1pm
61 Piper Drive. Ballina
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Are there more kittens available for adoption than on your website?

Check out some of the beautiful animals available at our upcoming Adoption Day.

Saturday 6/7/24 10am - 1pm ay the NRAS shelter, 61 Piper Drive Ballina.

If you're interested in adopting please ensure you have filled out our dog/cat adoption questionnaire and have a copy of either a rates notice as proof of homeownership, or written landlord approval for a pet.
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Check out some of the beautiful animals available at our upcoming Adoption Day. 

Saturday 6/7/24 10am - 1pm ay the NRAS shelter, 61 Piper Drive Ballina.

If youre interested in adopting please ensure you have filled out our dog/cat adoption questionnaire and have a copy of either a rates notice as proof of homeownership, or written landlord approval for a pet.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

13 CommentsComment on Facebook

How sad that you have so many pet souls, looking for homes I hope one day to not need this kind of service I wish I could help

Gorgeous babies

Morgan Gibson, we could have a Fred!

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PET OF THE WEEK

11-Week-old Mohan is an affectionate and intelligent mixed breed pup with a sweet disposition.

He is a curious, clever and cute pup who will grow to be a midsized dog with a short brindle coat. Mohan has been charming carers with his exemplary behaviour and quiet manner, settling quietly at night and progressing well with toilet training.

Mohan is at the perfect age to settle and adapt to his forever family and is hoping to meet you soon!

All animals in NRAS’ care are vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed prior to their adoption.

For further information contact the NRAS Shelter Office on 6681 1860 or email: shelter@nras.org.au

Download an Adoption Questionnaire from the website: www.nras.org.au

Mandatory Re-homing #R251 00 00 60
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PET OF THE WEEK

11-Week-old Mohan is an affectionate and intelligent mixed breed pup with a sweet disposition.

He is a curious, clever and cute pup who will grow to be a midsized dog with a short brindle coat. Mohan has been charming carers with his exemplary behaviour and quiet manner, settling quietly at night and progressing well with toilet training.

Mohan is at the perfect age to settle and adapt to his forever family and is hoping to meet you soon!
 
All animals in NRAS’ care are vet checked, flea & worm treated, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed prior to their adoption.

For further information contact the NRAS Shelter Office on 6681 1860 or email: shelter@nras.org.au

Download an Adoption Questionnaire from the website:  www.nras.org.au 

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3 CommentsComment on Facebook

What an absolute cutie you are Mohan. The perfect age with the perfect low maintenance coat and growing to be the perfect size for a family pet - an all round perfect addition to some lucky family.

Beautiful

Christine Smith

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE AN END OF FINANCIAL YEAR DONATION
Time's running out to make an end of financial year donation to assist the work of NRAS to re-home companion animals and fund the much-needed subsidised desexing program within the Northern Rivers.
Our self-funded, not-for-profit organisation relies on generous donations from the community and sales from our Op Shop to maintain the NRAS animal shelter facility.
If you’ve been thinking of making an end of financial year donation, then please consider supporting the ongoing work of NRAS.
You can make a tax deductible donation via direct deposit or the PayPal account, details of which are on our website.
Please provide your NAME & EMAIL ADDRESS as the reference to ensure a receipt can be issued.
You can also learn more about NRAS at: www.nras.org.au
Northern Rivers Animal Services
Charity No. 17290 ABN: 160 553 967 31
BSB: 728 728 Account #: 2221 4082
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LAST CHANCE TO MAKE AN END OF FINANCIAL YEAR DONATION 
Times running out to make an end of financial year donation to assist the work of NRAS to re-home companion animals and fund the much-needed subsidised desexing program within the Northern Rivers. 
Our self-funded, not-for-profit organisation relies on generous donations from the community and sales from our Op Shop to maintain the NRAS animal shelter facility.
If you’ve been thinking of making an end of financial year donation, then please consider supporting the ongoing work of NRAS.  
You can make a tax deductible donation via direct deposit or the PayPal account, details of which are on our website. 
Please provide your NAME & EMAIL ADDRESS as the reference to ensure a receipt can be issued.
You can also learn more about NRAS at:  www.nras.org.au 
Northern Rivers Animal Services
Charity No. 17290     ABN:  160 553 967 31
BSB:  728 728            Account #:  2221 4082

Hey there!

My name is Flip.
I'm a Jack Russell who is almost 2 years old.
I'm an ultra active boy who loves to run and play.
I'm great with kids, dogs and new people.
I'm looking for a home with secure fencing where I'll get lots of activity and contiued training.
I'd love you to call the people at NRAS if you like the sound of me, their number is 66811860, or you can email shelter@nras.org.au.
I hop we meet soon!
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Hey there! 

My name is Flip. 
Im a Jack Russell who is almost 2 years old.
Im an ultra active boy who loves to run and play.
Im great with kids, dogs and new people.
Im looking for a home with secure fencing where Ill get lots of activity and contiued training.
Id love you to call the people at NRAS if you like the sound of me, their number is 66811860, or you can email shelter@nras.org.au.
I hop we meet soon!

10 CommentsComment on Facebook

So cute! I hope someone gets him 💖

Oh no 😟 this boy only just returned home.. he’s lovely 🥰 why are they giving him up ?

Cute as

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