About the Rescue Awards

The Companion Animal Rescue Awards were founded by Cathy Beer of Pets4Life in 2018


The Companion Animal Rescue Awards (Rescue Awards) is a for-purpose initiative created by Cathy Beer of Pets4Life, an independent educational resource whose mission is to improve pet wellbeing in Australia, and provide force-free dog training services.  The Rescue Awards is Australia’s first and only national awards program that celebrates and recognises achievements in rescue, sheltering, rehabilitation, and rehoming of companion animals. The Rescue Awards is for rescue groups, animal shelters, councils, pet adopters, foster carers, volunteers, and other organisations that help people keep their pets in the community.

“Rarely a day goes by when I do not meet a pet guardian who has adopted or fostered either a cat or dog or another companion animal.  I’m always moved by their heart-warming stories of how their rescue pet has changed their lives for the better.  As the Founder of Pets4Life, I believe every animal deserves a good life, not just a life of existence. That’s where rescue groups and animal shelters come in; giving pets a second chance in a loving home. I created the Companion Animal Rescue Awards to recognise and celebrate inspiring examples of dedication to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.” said Cathy Beer

The Rescue Awards is the platform to showcase excellence, best practice, and innovation in rescue.  The values of the Rescue Awards listed below reflect the hard-working staff and volunteers who tirelessly give their time to rescue groups and animal shelters.

  • compassion for animals and their guardians,
  • commitment and dedication,
  • caring and respect,
  • innovation,
  • integrity.

The Rescue Awards returns for a fifth year administered by Cathy Beer and a small dedicated team. We are delighted to welcome back Pet Insurance Australia as our Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner. This year’s awards are known as the ‘Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2022‘.   A huge thank you to all our Supporters for getting behind rescue and companion animal welfare in Australia.  Thank you to our amazing Judges who donate their time and expertise to the Rescue Awards.

We have 10 categories in 2022, eight categories for industry, and two categories for pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a pet. I encourage rescue groups and animal shelters to enter by self-nomination when entries open on 3 May 2022. Pet adopters can join in the celebration of rescue by sharing their pet adoption story and entering the Ivory Coat People’s Rescue Story award category, and foster carers can enter the Ivory Coat Foster Carer Story award category.

The winners will be revealed at a special Rescue Awards Ceremony in October/November 2022.  Stay tuned for more details, sign up for our eNews!

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Every animal deserves a good life, not just a life of existence

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