A little about how animal rescue started for me...I come from a family that had a real love for animals and naturally had them in my life growing up.

In 1999 I got involved with the Warkworth SPCA Supporters Group and started fostering for them. I realised at this point I had found my passion and it grew from there.

With my husband's support and know-how we built a facility on our property to provide temporary homing for these strays until they were adopted to forever loving homes. The Warkworth SPCA Supporters Group played a big part in the expansion and were huge supporters for years.

We are now an independent shelter with a wonderful team of volunteers. Please note, the refuge is not a registered charity. 



I started volunteering for Julie's Animal Refuge at the beginning of 2012. I had always wanted to work with animals and was lucky to have been able to retire from the corporate world while relatively young. I enjoy helping out at the Refuge and love all animals but must admit cats and goats are special to me. I live on a 2 acre block with 8 cats, 7 goats and 5 chooks.

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It makes me happy volunteering at Julie's Animal Refuge each week.
Whether it's feeding cats, cleaning up or anything else I can help with,
it's work that helps make a positive difference to the animals and their
chances of having a great new life.


After I had a minor stroke my brother advised that I do something I love.  As I love animals, I asked Julie if I could volunteer some time to spend with the cats at the Refuge. My main passion is to give the cats company, keep them happy, play or sleep with them (if it's siesta time!) and to socialise with them all and help the shyer ones become less shy and enjoy their lives until they find their forever homes.  In short, I feel that the love we give comes back even more, so my mantra is just to be kind, and give them all love (and play!), which is what we all need, animals and people.  The rewards are magic on seeing a cat or kitten going to a fantastic home just for them.



I became involved with Julie's Animal Refuge because I wanted to help Julie with her mission to help animals in need. I lend a hand wherever I can, fostering, sorting goods donated for the shop, vet drop-offs and pickups…whatever is needed.

I adopted my first foster Charlie, then a little brother for him called Ziggy, then a stray cat trapped on a farm. Our clothes and furniture are always covered in cat fur, and the cats often rule the bed - but it's so worth it !



I have had the honour and privilege of volunteering at Julie's Animal Refuge for over 5 years, as support administration.



Every Wednesday morning Gayleen gives her time to our little weekly garage sale. This enables the shelter to keep running. Gayleen is really good at what she does and is a real asset to us.


I grew up in Warkworth on a small farm with a very wide range of animals and have been an animal lover since I could walk. I moved back into the area 4 years ago I made contact with Julie, whom I knew from when I was a wee dot, about a 18 months ago and offered to volunteer. The timing was good as they needed some help with the garage sale so I jumped in. I keep in contact with Julie a few times a week and do anything from dropping kitties off at the vets to helping worm the goats and bringing my 5 year old son out to spend time with the shelter cats and get them used to being handled and loved. To be part of such an amazing place in any shape or form makes me incredibly grateful.



My name is Lyn and I help out at the refuge with fostering kittens which I love to do. I also help with sorting all the lovely donations we gratefully receive for the op shop.  Please come on a Wednesday morning and check it out, loads of bargains and all the money raised helps to take care of our animals.

Julie was awarded the Companion Animals Assisi Award in 2008 for her dedication to rescuing and attending to stray cats.  In 2019, Julie was also awarded The Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award for her efforts.