Northern Rivers Animal Services - NRAS is a self-funded, not-for-profit, registered Charity that commenced in October 2001 to provide foster care and the opportunity to re-home the abandoned, abused, lost and unwanted dogs and cats in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

In late 2020 NRAS appointed both an Op Shop & Shelter Operations Manager to oversee these two areas of the organisation and its solid volunteer base, still under the governance of the Committee elected annually by its members.

Without an RSPCA between Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads, the welfare of companion animals on the Far North Coast of NSW is, in the most part, left to organisations such as NRAS.

NRAS' objectives are simple:

  • Raise the value of cats and dogs in society and improve the attitudes of humans towards animals through education

  • Work towards preventing the birth of unwanted kittens and puppies

  • Find safe and happy homes with responsible pet owners

  • Target zero euthanasia rates of all healthy & treatable cats & dogs

Stay informed of what's happening at NRAS.

Contact the office to go onto our newsletter mailing list or download a copy here.

To view animals that are currently in NRAS' care, go to:

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Saturday 7 August

10:00am - 1:00pm

NRAS Rescue Shelter - 

61 Piper Drive, Ballina

COVID protocols still apply, therefore priority will be given to those who have scheduled an appointment for a "meet & greet" with our animals available for adoption 

Appointments can be made

via the office ...

T:  6681 1860 or email:

 Mask wearing is MANDATORY 

at both the NRAS Rescue Shelter

& Op Shop