Animal rescue group grateful for support

Newcastle Permanent at Gosford & Greater Bank at Erina

The Claws ‘n’ Paws animal rescue group has received $2,000 as the winner of Greater Central Coast’s Community Funding Program for the month of August.

President, Deb McWhirter, said the group’s only funding sources are adoption fees, donations and grants.

“Our organisation is all volunteers and we are entirely reliant on adoption fees, donations and grants to keep us going, so the $2,000 from the Greater is very welcome and will help to cover some of our ongoing costs,” she said.

“We work to rehabilitate animals and some of them need significant veterinary help which can be very expensive.

“We also microchip, vaccinate and desex all the animals we care for before we find them a permanent home.

“We help more than 1,000 animals each year, so with the food and vet bills, our costs add up very quickly.”

Adam (Molch) Hillier Memorial Surf Classic and Kariong Neighbourhood Centre each received $500 as the runners-up for the month.

Greater Bank’s Central Coast Regional Sales Manager, Josh Swetnam, said organisations like Claws ’n’ Paws Rescue play a vital role in the community.

“We know the demand for companion animals has risen sharply during the pandemic, but that not all those relationships work out, so we’re delighted to be able to help Claws ’n’ Paws keep doing their work,” Swetnam said.

“We also know that the past 18 months has been really difficult for fundraising, which makes the #GreaterCentralCoast Community Funding all the more important.”

The nominees for the September round of the #GreaterCentralCoast community funding program are the Global Sisters, Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Community Garden and Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Members of the public can cast a vote online at

Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday, September 29.

Media release, Sep 16
Greater Bank

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