Helping Hands Animal Rescue

We Are There When They Need Us!

Helping Hands Animal Rescue (HHAR) is a Melbourne, Victoria based animal rescue group, run entirely by volunteers, which aims to rescue wildlife, domestic pets, farm animals and to treat introduced species humanely.  

Northern Suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria

We operate primarily in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and, for the rescue of domestic pets, we run a small community network of foster carers.   
native wildlife
We rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife such as wombats and reptiles and have a fully licensed shelter operating under the guidelines of DEWLP.
Cats, dogs, pocket pets - we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome.  All pets are rehomed following full vet work including desexing.
farm animals & stock
HHAR have rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed many farm animals that, if not, their outlook would have been bleak and they include lambs, chickens, and horses.
introduced species
We believe that no animal should suffer simply because it exists in the wrong eco system.  All animals are dealt with humanely and according to the law. 

We are there for people too!

It is not just about animals - we care for the environment and people too.

Helping the Elderly

Some time ago, we received a frantic call from the friend of an elderly woman.  The poor woman's beloved pet had passed away at her feet and she was powerless to do anything as he was a large dog.  Her friend had made numerous call to different agencies to obtain help but no one was either willing or able.  Heidi attended and conveyed the ladies' pet to the local vet.  The deceased pet was treated with dignity and according to the wishes of the distraught owner.

companion animals
for adoption

If you wish to be considered as an adopter of one of our gorgeous pets, then please complete the relevant adoption form and submit.  We do not operate on a first come, first served, basis. We follow a stringent adoption process to ensure that the home chosen is the perfect one and for the lifetime of the pet.
Adoption Forms

latest blog posts

All the news and goings on of the rescue.
August 3, 2021
Adoption - Mystic

Kitty Bix and Split are a bonded pair and are to be adopted together.

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November 24, 2020
Blizzard Adoption

Congratulations to Amy and Ella on the adoption of their new fur baby Blizzard.

We know he will fit in well and love his new life.

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November 24, 2020
Lily and Family

Introducing Lily and her 5 kittens. Lily is a beautiful cat that has come into care after having her litter under someone's house.

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We are a small tight-knit rescue and receive no government or other funding. We are not yet registered as a charity nor are we able to provide tax deductible receipts for donations, however, all donations are gratefully received and 100% of all donations go toward the associated costs of animals in our care.
If you would like to make a donation, please use the following account details or Pay Pal:

BSB: 732109
Acc: 695006

Our volunteers pay for most things out of there own pockets so every cent we can raise to help off set that just means that we can help more animals!

Featured Partners

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live, the people of the nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

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