Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

MARS Needs Fosternauts

For Out-Of-This-World Fostering Experience

When a lack of services for pets without a family became apparent, Mackay Animal Rescue Society Inc. (MARS) was formed, becoming a haven for the dogs and cats of the Mackay region since January 2011.

MARS is a not-for-profit registered local charity committed to providing animals with a second chance by taking them into loving and safe foster homes and providing them with the care they need until they find their new home.

Led by President Rachael Darmanin, Treasurer Sherrie Screen and Secretary Denise Home, MARS rehomed 451 dogs and cats in the last financial year.

“Foster carers are the backbone of MARS,” said Ms Home.

“We rely heavily on them as these wonderful people give a temporary home to cats and dogs in care, while actively assisting in finding a new forever home.”

All foster animals in care are health checked, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and desexed, with all vet costs covered, ensuring that all MARS fosters are healthy and ready for adoption when their perfect match comes along.

“I started fostering as too many dogs were being let down and forgotten,” said foster carer Kailey Anderson.

“By fostering, I have an opportunity to choose their forever family so they have a chance at a longer and happier life.”

“When your foster finds their new home there is no greater feeling than knowing you helped save a life,” added Ms Home.

Find more information about fostering and volunteering for MARS at or Mackay Animal Rescue Society on Facebook.

Foster carer Kailey Anderson with her foster puppies

Diana Ralph and Rachael Darmanin with their foster kittens at adoption day

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