BARRC focus on educating and engaging with the community to understand responsible pet ownership and how to implement it in their homes. We seek to have a positive impact to reduce animal homelessness whilst rescuing and rehoming those animals impacted in the meantime.
Who We Are
We started as a group of people having a friendly chat about the limited resources and support available for homeless/unwanted dogs in the South West. Light-heartedly we joked of starting our own rescue, we then discovered we had more than 22 years of combined experience in animal welfare. Suddenly the discussion quickly became more serious, and the idea began to make perfect sense.
In March of 2019, we started Bunbury Animal Rescue Rehome Care Inc (BARRC) and we accepted our first dog into care. Our family of volunteers has grown from the founding five to a larger team who help us grow and learn and continue what we started out to achieve
Nicole Passfield -Luna and Sunny
I began fostering in 2011 after looking for a companion for my two-year-old girl Luna. Although we fostered many dogs, Luna decided that Sunny was a keeper, so we foster failed! Seeing the dogs get a second chance to thrive is especially rewarding. A simple love for dogs turned into being a huge part of my life and I would not have it any other way
Jenni Marns and Peppa
I fell into the rescue arena with the sudden lose of three of my dogs in a very short time. I needed time to heal a broken heart but could not bare to be without a friendly face welcoming me home at the end of a long work day. I started to foster and that was the beginning of this amazing journey.
Rachael Cronin and Ned
We had two lovely staffys and when our older girl, Pepper passed, we realised Diesel needed company. Diesel made many friends and was a wonderful role model for so many dogs in need. When he passed, we were able to continue fostering to fill our home but not replace our own gorgeous dogs. We’ve loved being a part of so many happy endings for these beautiful dogs in need. This became a huge part of our home and life, which we love so much.
Sally Dixon with Coco
A working mum and family person, proud to call Bunbury my home. I believe in giving back to your community and have dedicated my time to volunteering in various capacities over the years. I have always had a deep love and respect for animals, they bring so much joy into our lives and deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion and in 2014, I discovered my passion in animal rescue and have been actively involved in the cause ever since.
Carryn Guinee with a baby Roo
After moving to Australia I was looking to volunteer to make friends, little did I know that it would be the start of an amazing journey with BARRC. Having to relocate to Perth I thought my time with BARRC was done and was happy to find they still had a role for me. Now I look after adoptions and get to help match people and dogs
Casey Woodward with Arlo
I started fostering after I experienced a loss in the family and found myself needing something to focus on. My first foster was a crazy kelpie who was adopted within a week, and from that point I was hooked. It's been over 7yrs and I still never get tired of meeting the fluffy new faces looking for a second chance.
Patrica Perks and Lily
After adopting my dog Lily, I unintentionally came into the wonderful world of rescue. From cleaning kennels to advocating for those that don’t have a voice, it’s been so varied and there is never a dull moment. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have had so many cuddles, sleepovers and walks with amazing animals and have met equally amazing people volunteering for BARRC.
What we do
BARRC believe that all companion animals deserve a safe and loving home. We work towards this by focusing on rehoming, desexing and education programs.
We understand that responsible pet ownership starts with education. By addressing both the underlying cause of animal homelessness through education and prevention, we can make a lasting impact ensuring that every dog has the opportunity of a happy and fulfilled life. By providing information on topics such as nutrition, regular veterinary care and training, we aim to prevent behavioural issues that may lead to pets being surrendered or abandoned. BARRC also promote the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent overpopulation and reduce the number of dogs entering shelters.
Our top priority is the well-being and safety of every dog that joins the BARRC Family. We assess their behaviour and medical needs, and provide necessary treatment or rehabilitation. Our devoted team of volunteers work tirelessly to find suitable foster homes for these animals, ensuring they receive individual attention and care.
Collaborating with other animal rescue organisations is a key aspect of our work. By working together, we can pool resources, share knowledge and best practices, ultimately increasing the number of dogs we can rescue and rehome. Together we can achieve!