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One voice raising awareness, providing support and uniting animal rescue communities – together we will make a difference.


NARGA aims to provide information, resources and support to member rescue groups, regardless of the species or breed they rescue, or their location.


NARGA envisions a society that treats animals with respect and compassion, saving them from exploitation and where they are considered a privilege and not a commodity.


  • To promote open communication and cooperation amongst rescue groups, volunteers, carers and foster carers thus providing a more efficient cause for bettering the situation for all rescue animals
  • To educate young and old alike about responsible pet ownership and how, in their everyday lives, they can help the rescue community and animals in need
  • To create a fund for emergency financial relief for rescue groups
  • To provide foster care training and other training as relevant
  • To research and assist in research for causes that may benefit rescue groups and the welfare of animals in general
  • To persuade, via lobbying and submissions, government bodies and animal welfare agencies to further the protection of animals and improve the standards of care in pounds, holding facilities and shelters
  • To co-operate with other societies and organisations both in Australia and worldwide to further our cause
  • To promote the use of green corridors, mass plantings of native bush on unsustainable farming land and the conservation of rivers and their catchment areas in order to provide suitable habitat for wildlife
  • To seek an end to the live export trade
  • To pursue all lawful means to further the purpose of NARGA and members
  • To create a national Disaster Response Team, who will generate systems and procedures for animal management and rescue in the event of natural or man-made disaster with the aim to have a team ready to be of assistance on the ground to animals and animal owners in the case of emergency.

Meet some of the team:

Jan Bartlett – President: A company director, business owner, author and volunteer, has been involved in rescue for over 30 years.  Jan is passionate about bringing the plight of homeless pets to the fore and realises that unity and solidarity is the only way forward. She brings to the committee strong leadership skills, dedication and an enquiring mind.

Michelle Manclark – Vice President: Dedicated animal lover with a passion for everything NARGA stands for. Committed to supporting Australian Rescue Groups. Michelle has high end admin skills which she applies to running our foster carer and home check databases.

Karen McEwen – Treasurer: From a corporate legal background, Karen’s love lies with animals. She is currently volunteering with a number of rescue groups in her spare time. She is passionate about animals, and ensuring their welfare is first and foremost. Karen is actively involved in animal advocacy issues and sees her involvement with NARGA as an extension to this and enables her to “make a difference” for the betterment of the animals.

Jade Wilmott – Secretary: Jade has 3 years paralegal experience and has nearly completed study for a law degree. Her biggest passion in life has always been animals. She has a compassionate heart and has been bringing home strays since she was very small. Her goal is to get pet ownership laws changed throughout Australia during her lifetime. She hopes a law degree can help her achieve this. Jade is particularly interested in animal law and would like to be personally involved in the prosecution of those who harm animals.

Cathy Craw – Group Advocate: With a Masters in Health Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Cathy’s heart belongs in animal welfare and until Dec 2012 was the Welfare Manager for the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania. Whilst at the DHT she was also a director of Animal Welfare League of Australia and a member of the Getting to Zero steering committee. She is now volunteering at Brightside Farm Sanctuary and is also in the early stages of setting up a co-op for private rescue. She is passionate about networking and finding new and better ways to do things across the world rescue community and is excited about supporting the smaller rescues and people in the community and their companion animals, farm animals and the wildlife they work with.

Raechel Roberts – Projects Manager: With Raechel’s passion for animal welfare, and being involved in many causes over the years, it was a natural progression for her to join the NARGA team. Having both small business experience and superb administrative skills she is very dedicated to NARGA’s cause and is a great project coordinator and administrator.

Kristy Alger – Spokesperson