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Entries have now closed for 2020

We have extended the open for entries period, entries now close midnight AEST 31 July 2020.  In these challenging times of Coronavirus, the Rescue Awards are more important than ever to shine the light on Australia’s hard working rescue groups and animal shelters to give the recognition they deserve.

This year, we introduce category 8. ‘Refuel Digital Technology Award‘ sponsored by Refuel Creative for rescue groups and animal shelters who use digital technology to make a positive impact on the welfare outcomes of companion animals. Please scroll down below for a brief overview of each category and click on the button to enter from 12pm on 1 May 2020. Every valid entry receives one FREE membership to the Vet Products Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

Check out Get prepared with our sample questions and these Awards Agency Tips to write a winning submission.  Please note the entrant submitting an entry for industry categories 1 – 8 must be a representative of your organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations, such as a manager or senior employee. Entries will be assessed by our panel of judges. Please note there is NO VOTING for any of the categories. For more information about the Rescue Awards, check out our FAQs. Check out the fabulous prizes for each category!

 

1. Outstanding Rescue Group

This is for Rescue Groups also known as Community Foster Care Networks who have been operating over 36 months.  The Judges are looking for Rescue Groups who have made a positive impact on the outcomes of the animals in their care. Rescue Groups provide temporary care for pets from shelters, council pounds or surrenders in people’s homes.  A Rescue Group may have an overflow facility such as a kennel or cattery to hold animals temporarily.  Rescue Groups may use a third party for example pet retailers and cafes to offer animals for adoption.  Rescue Groups seek permanent homes for pets in their care.  Foster carers have a very important role in providing rehabilitation and care for animals ensuring they have the best chance at being rehomed.  Entry is by Rescue Group self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Rescue Group who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.  Terms and Conditions. Get inspired and check out the 2019 winner of the Outstanding Rescue Group award, Maneki Neko Cat Rescue.  All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off. 

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Animal intake prevention and Rehabilitation
  4. Planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

2. Outstanding New Rescue Group 

​This is for Rescue Groups who have been operating 12 – 36 months who have made a positive impact on the outcomes of the animals in their care.  Also known as Community Foster Care Networks, Rescue Groups provide temporary care for pets from shelters, council pounds or surrenders in people’s homes.  A Rescue Group may have an overflow facility such as a kennel or cattery to hold animals temporarily.  Rescue Groups may use a third party for example pet retailers and cafes to offer animals for adoption.  Rescue Groups seek permanent homes for pets in their care.  Foster carers have a very important role in providing rehabilitation and care for animals ensuring they have the best chance at being rehomed.  Entry is by Rescue Group self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Rescue Group who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.  Terms and Conditions. Get inspired and check out our 2019 winner, Dandy Cat Rescue. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Animal intake prevention and Rehabilitation
  4. Planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

3. Outstanding Animal Shelter

This is for charitable animal shelters who have made a significant impact on the outcomes of the healthy and treatable animals in their care as well as proactively implemented strategies to reduce intake. Animal shelters take in and care for a substantial number of surrendered, lost, injured, stray or unowned companion animals for the purpose of rehabilitation and rehoming.  A shelter is likely to be located on a single site with room to house multiple animals and must have all relevant Council permits. Entry is by Animal Shelter self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Animal Shelter who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.  Terms and Conditions. Check out the 2019 winner of this award, Second Chance Animal Rescue. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Animal intake prevention and Rehabilitation
  4. Operations planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

4. Outstanding Council Animal Shelter

This is for council-run animal shelters/pounds who have made a significant impact on the outcomes of the healthy and treatable animals in their care as well as proactively implemented strategies to reduce intake. Council run animal shelters adopt out animals in their care to the community.  Entry is by Council Animal Shelter self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Council Animal Shelter who has sufficient knowledge on its operations. Terms and Conditions. Get inspired and check out the 2019 winner, Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Impounded animals, Intake prevention, and Rehabilitation
  4. Operations planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

5. Innovation in Rescue

This category is open to Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters, Council Animal Shelters, Veterinary Clinics and other organisations/individuals who are doing things differently to reduce surrender and help companion animals find a loving home.  You may be an organisation who supports rescue groups and animals shelters by providing donated products and services. You may be an organisation who provides crisis foster care. Entry is by self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.  Here are helpful hints for this category. Terms and Conditions. Get inspired and check out our 2019 winner of this category, AMRRIC. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Program aims
  2. Program methods
  3. Program outcomes

6. Community Education and/or Outreach program

This is for Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters or Council Animal Shelters) who have made a significant impact on implementing a new education or outreach program that changes behaviour and improves animal welfare and outcomes in the community.  Entry is by Rehoming organisation self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Rehoming organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. Here are helpful hints for this category.  Terms and Conditions. Get inspired and check out the 2019 winner of this category, Camden Council. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Program aims
  2. Program methods
  3. Program outcomes

7. Volunteer of the Year

This is for an outstanding team member who volunteers for a rehoming organisation (Rescue Group, Animal Shelter or Council Animal Shelter). The volunteer must reside in Australia and be 18 years or over. A self-nomination by the volunteer is ineligible. The nominator and the nominee (volunteer) must have been working at the rehoming organisation for 12 months as at 1st of May 2020.  One volunteer per entry. You can enter more than one volunteer from your organisation for this award but they must be individual entries. The Judges are looking for a volunteer who is well supported by their organisation. Find out more about the judging criteria for Volunteer of the Year.  Terms and Conditions. Get inspired and check out the 2019 winner of this award, Sue Quartermain, RSPCA Victoria. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Volunteer’s role and motivation for joining the Rehoming organisation
  2. Challenges overcome by the volunteer
  3. Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  4. Personal contribution to the Rehoming organisation

8. Refuel Digital Technology Award (new category)

This award sponsored by Gold Rescue Partner, Refuel Creative is for Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters and Council Animal Shelters. These organisations improve the welfare outcomes of companion animals in their care in the community. They do this through the use of digital technology (website, apps, devices, electronic direct mail, social media) in creative, effective and innovative ways. They have incorporated digital technology in their operations to improve efficiency and sustainability. For example, they use their website and social media to increase fundraising and drive pet adoptions.  Entry is by self-nomination. The person submitting the entry should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. Terms and Conditions. All valid entries receive one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Use of digital technology to manage your operations
  2. Use of digital technology to drive pet adoptions and fundraising
  3. Overview of the one digital technology program/innovation that has made the biggest, positive impact

Does your organisation meet the criteria for categories 1 – 8?

  • Entrant is 18 years or over
  • Entrant should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from your organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.
  • Reside in Australia
  • Have been operating for at least 12 months (as at 1 May 2020)
  • Must be able to demonstrate a not for profit purpose
  • Rescue or rehabilitate or rehome or support companion animals.  These animals include but not limited to: cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles, and birds.

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