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Saving just one animal will not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal.


When you adopt, you are giving an animal a second chance at a wonderful life.


Join the MARS team and become a foster carer.


Have an unplanned litter? Find out how MARS can help.


MARS relies on the generosity of the local community.

MARS about


Mackay Animal Rescue Society Inc. (MARS) is a not-for-profit registered local charity that is completely run by volunteers. MARS is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of dogs and cats in the Mackay and surrounding region.

MARS aims to provide animals with the second chance at a long and happy life by taking them into loving and safe foster homes and providing them with the care they need until they find their new home.

All foster animals in care are up to date with their veterinary needs before adoption and MARS ensure they are placed in the perfect forever home.

Click on the links to view our dogs and cats who are waiting patiently for their new forever family or come and see us at one of our upcoming events.


The role of a foster carer is to give a temporary home to cats and dogs in care while actively assisting in finding a new forever home. MARS relies heavily on foster carers and the more carers we have the more dogs and cats we can bring into care.

MARS covers all vet costs for the animal, foster carers just need to provide a safe place for them to stay, basic training, food and of course LOVE!

When your foster finds their new home there is no greater feeling then knowing you helped save a life. Without foster carers, the majority of animals in the MARS adoption program would have had no second chance at a happy life.

To give your foster animal the best chance of finding a new home we ask you to attend our monthly adoption days. This is a very important event for the exposure of your foster to the public.

Adoption days are not only a chance for your foster to socialise with other foster animals but also for carers to come together and meet, talk to the coordinators and share hints, tips and training advice.

Carers work closely with the coordinators to ensure all vet work is up to date and that adoptions are approved to the best possible homes.

By completing our foster carer application form, we can endeavour to match you with the right pet that suits your home and lifestyle requirements be it a cat or dog, big or small.

If becoming a foster carer is something that you think you would like to do, please complete the attached application and one of our members will be in touch to answer any questions you may have.


MARS relies completely on the generosity of the local community. All item donations are passed directly on to our foster carers to use for the animals in our care.

Donations can be dropped to i-Dogz K9 Training Centre at 20 Evans Ave, North Mackay, Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, or at North and South Mackay Petstock stores. Please note, Petstock North and South donation bins are for food only. If collection is preferred, please contact us to arrange.

Items that are always in need are:-

  • Puppy food – brands preferred are Optimum/SuperCoat
  • Kitten food – brands preferred are Felix/Fancy Feast/Dine
  • Adult dog and cat food
  • Treats
  • Kitty litter – brands preferred are Breeders Choice Paper/Purina
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leads/collars/harnesses
  • Toys for cats and dogs
  • Dog beds and kennels
  • Carriers and crates
  • Flea and tick treatments
  • Cat scratching posts

All monetary donations are invested back into the running of the organisation and to the health and welfare of the foster animals in our care, some of which can have high vet costs attributed to injuries, ill health, specialised requirements or previous poor living conditions.

If you would like to assist please donate via our Paypal link or via bank transfer.

Bank Account details:

Mackay Animal Rescue Society Inc
BSB: 645 646
Acc: 105774790

All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.



MARS implemented the Last Litter Program when we realised there was a need within the community to help reduce the number of unwanted litters.

The Last Litter Program means that the pet owner agrees to surrender the entire litter of puppies/kittens to MARS where they will receive all their required vet work before rehoming and MARS will cover the cost to desex the mother through our affiliated vet.

This program not only assists those that may not be able to afford the cost of desexing their pet, but it also reduces the number of undesexed animals within the community.

MARS provides high quality food to the mother throughout the pregnancy as well as high quality food and regular worming to the litter. Two weeks from the date the litter comes into our care, the mother is booked in for her desexing appointment.

Throughout this process the mother remains in the care of the owner with a MARS representative keeping in contact to check on the health of mum and litter as well as fortnightly visits to provide food and worming for the litter.

Owners are encouraged to microchip and vaccinate the mother (at owners’ cost) while at this appointment if it is needed.

Click the link to submit an application to see if you are eligible for the program.

Last Litter Program


Your new best friend is only a click away.



Mackay Animal Rescue Society Inc will be holding our Annual General Meeting on 12th November 2023 at 2 Meadowlands Rd Racecourse with a 4pm start time. All positions will be up for nomination and you must be a financial member to vote. For information on committee position roles, becoming a financial member or you would …



MARS Dog Adoption Days are usually held on the last Sunday of the month from 9am – 11am. For the moment location and times are TBA, check back to see when our next one is planned! Our next Dog Adoption Day will be held at Bunnings Paget, December 3rd 9:00am - 1:00pm. Come down and ...



MARS Cat Adoption Days are held fortnightly on Sundays from 10am – 2pm at Petstock North Mackay. Come down and meet our feline fosters and you are sure to find the purrrfect companion to join your family. Meet our amazing team of foster carers and learn more about adopting from MARS.


Who doesn’t love the smell of sausages and onions on the BBQ? Grab yourself a snag the next time you see MARS at a fundraising BBQ. Keep a look out for our next BBQ date and location by following us on Facebook.



Sunday 3rd December
Petstock North Mackay
10:00am - 2:00pm

Thinking of adopting a furry baby? Come visit us this Sunday for our Cat and Kitten Adoption Day! We’ve got heaps of kittens available of all colours and personalities, we’ll help you find the perfect new addition to your family.
We have a coin donation box, shopping bags, key rings, Christmas cards, calendars.
Also some cat toys from Designer Kitten Keepsakes
Come and say hello! Hope to see you there!

We desperately need foster carers for kittens. We have over 65 kittens in care and still more to come in.
Can you help with kitten wet food. Just 1 tin is 1 meal for a kitten.

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Who doesn’t love two sisters that match 🥰🫶🏻 Flame and Maple are the purrfect addition you need to make your house a home, contact their foster carer today 💗
#catsofinstagram #catstagram #kittens #kittensofinstagram #kittenlovers #sweet #sisters #adoptdontshop #mackayanimalrescuesociety #fostercare #animalshelter #animals #animalsofinstagram

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Mumma Daisy Mae is about ready to pop! Can anyone guess how many kitties are in this tummy? 😻🩷 if you look closely, you can see them all wriggling around in there 😍🫶🏻🤭
#catsofinstagram #catlover #catmumma #adopt #adoptdontshop #kittens #kittensofinstagram #rescuegroup #mackayanimalrescuesociety #MARS #animalshelter

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Want to make an impact this giving season?
Mackay Animal Rescue Society Inc has over 70 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in care and more than 50 more waiting patiently to come in over the next 4 weeks. That’s a lot of vet appointments and food! We know this year has been harder than ever on our wallets, but a donation of even $2 helps provide a meal!
All money donations are completely tax deductible and helps us give a wonderful new beginning to a pet in need. If you would like to donate we ask that you transfer directly into the MARS bank account so you know your donation goes straight to the animals untouched by fees!
Our goal is $20,000, about the cost of average standard vetwork + 1 meal for each animal for Christmas! We’ll post an update of how much we’ve raised altogether on New Year’s Day!

Mackay Animal Rescue Society
BSB 645646
Acc 105774790
Auswide Bank
Please reference “Furry Christmas”

Thank you for your continued support Mackay and surrounds, and from all of our volunteers have a safe and happy holiday season! 🎄

#givingseason #meowychristmas #santapaws #giftoflove #feedtheanimals #desexyourpets #adoptdontshop #peace #love #joy #pleasedonate #merrychristmas

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A big Big BIG thank you to ARC and supporting organisations for this epic donation for our fosters! With the massive influx of Last Litter applications we will certainly put this to good use feeding our 50+ kittens coming into care over the coming weeks! We can’t spell “Rescue” without “U”!


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Say hello to some of our newest MARS babies! Breeding season is heavily upon us and there is no shortage of little ones who desperately need a loving temporary home.
If you have ever considered fostering, please apply now! We’re bursting at the seams with puppies and kittens, and have so many more waiting patiently for foster care. Adults too! Be the safe harbour and save a life, please help us help them 💚🐾


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We love our animals to the moon and back! Enter your best photo of your pet dressed as a Martian, Alien, Robot or Star for your chance to win!
Good luck and happy snapping!! 📸

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These gorgeous girls are in our last litter program and have just arrived in care. Their 2 mums will now be desexed as part of our last litter program so it`s Last Litter for everyone including mum.
Keep an eye on our page for their profiles once their vet work is done.
If you would like to find out more about our last litter program pm us or go on our website and fill out a Last Litter Application and we will be in touch to discuss further.

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We couldn’t agree more! 🤭😋 Gamora is up for adoption and will at the next Adoption Day on Sunday @ Petstock North Mackay!
#adoptdontshop #cutepet #cutepetclub #catsofinstagram #catsofig #catstagram #kittens #kittensofig #kittensoftheworld #kittensofinstagram #meow #mackay #mackayanimalrescuesociety #sweetkitty #purfect

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We would like to give a big shout out to Valley Vets for their very kind and generous donation of high quality kitten food. It will be really enjoyed by our kittens and very appreciated by our carers.
Thankyou very much.

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