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.
companion animals
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.


Our pets available for adoption.  All our pets are desexed (no exceptions), microchipped, vaccinated, and treated for parasites. They are cared for in the homes of our volunteers and are socialised as much as possible. Any vet treatment needed is provided.
13 July, 2024

Domestic short hair, 3.5 years old. Suki, a cat who radiates love like the sun does warmth! Suki is an affectionate charmer who happily thrives on feeling loved.

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8 July, 2024

Young female, short hair kitten. Dark tortoiseshell kitten with a heart as beautiful as her unique coloring. Ruby is a sweet and gentle girl who loves nothing more than a good belly rub once she feels comfortable with you.

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7 July, 2024

Phantom is a 15 week old domestic long hair cat. He is a free spirit who embraces life with confidence and charm. Phantom’s playful and explorative nature is contagious.

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7 July, 2024

Gentle, shy, and charming feline companion. Her perfect day involves loving cuddles and chasing reflections made by shiny toys or lasers.

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3 July, 2024

Goose, your next gentle and confident feline friend! With his playful aura and good temperament, Goose is a true joy to be around.

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3 July, 2024

A delightful young male tuxedo kitten with a heart of gold. Arnie is a sweet boy with a patient and quieter personality.

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3 July, 2024

Male, short hair, an affectionate young male black kitten with a heart of gold. Arlo is a sweet boy who absolutely adores cuddles and lap time.

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21 April, 2024

Nicknamed Mousy – Legend – Male, Domestic Short Hair Mix Cat – Location Broadford, Vic. 9 months old.

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14 April, 2024

Sweetie – Medium Sized, Female, Red Heeler Mix Dog – Located: Kilmore East, Vic. Approx. 5 months old.

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9 April, 2024

Sweet and affectionate – Female, Domestic Short Hair Cat. Location: Eltham, Vic. Approx. 15 months old.

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17 March, 2024

Sweet and affectionate. Female, Domestic Short Hair Cat. Located in Reservoir, Vic. Approx. 6 months old.

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17 March, 2024

Sweet and playful – Male, Domestic Short Hair Cat – Located: Reservoir, Vic. Approx. 7 months old.

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17 November, 2023

Sweet nature – female Domestic Short Hair Cat – Location Donnybrook, Vic. Approx. 20 months old.

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"Animals can inspire us to be less busy, less worried, more joyful, and more passionate about life."
Kristen Moeller

Become a Foster Carer

HHAR do not have a shelter or central office - we operate a network of foster carers who look after and socialise the pets in their homes.

The more foster carers we have the more lives we can save. 

Our Performance Last Financial Year - 2022/2023


Pets Rehomed


Paid in Vet Bills


Adoption Fees



It's been hard work but we are proud of our numbers.*

*We have been helped this year by grants available through the Victorian Government which have helped keep our heads above water but we still rely on donations to enable us to continue to save as many pets that we can fit within our foster network.


We are a small tight-knit rescue and receive no government or other funding.** We are a registered charity and provide tax-deductible receipts for donations.   All donations are gratefully received and 100% of all donations go toward the associated costs of animals in our care.
**We have been very lucky this financial year to receive some grants from Animal Welfare Victoria to assist with the veterinary costs of desexing and other treatments.
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!

If you would like to make a donation, you can via the secure network, Givenow or please use the following account details or Pay Pal:
Bendigo Bank

BSB: 633 000
ACC: 180 952 418

Fundraising with Goodwill Wines

Goodwill Wines
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Featured Partners

ABN - registered with the Australian Government Business Register with the ABN 52 365 630 090.
ACNC - registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.
DGR - Our charity has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient status so that a tax-deductible receipt can be issued for donations of $2.00 and over.
Pet Exchange Register - Source Number: RE101412
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