Frequently Asked Questions
What animals are considered a companion animal for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020 (known as ‘Rescue Awards’)?
A companion animal is a pet that lives with their human family. Companion animals include but are not limited to a cat, dog, rabbit, chicken, guinea pig, snake, ferret, and horse. A companion animal is not a working animal but can be an assistance dog that is also your pet.
What is considered a Rehoming organisation for the Rescue Awards?
A rehoming organisation that is eligible to receive an award is a Rescue Group or Animal Shelter that has charitable/not for profit status or can demonstrate a not for profit purpose, or a Council run animal shelter/pound.
What is Pets4Life and what is their role in the Companion Animal Rescue Awards?
Pets4Life is the pro bono entity of Foresight Marketing & Communications Pty Ltd (a small consultancy). Pets4Life is a for purpose, independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Created by Cathy Beer, Pets4Life’s goal is to help reduce animal surrender and improve pet wellbeing in Australia. Pets4Life is independent of the pet industry and animal welfare sector. Find out more about Pets4Life »
Cathy is a certified dog trainer (Delta Institute of Australia) and a volunteer instructor at Sydney All Breeds Dog Club in Sydney. Cathy is a passionate pet adoption advocate and currently has two foster rescue dogs at home, Twinkle and Fluffy. Companion animal rescue has come a long way and it’s time to celebrate achievements. So, Cathy created the Companion Animal Rescue Awards to showcase excellence, best practice, and innovation in rescue.
The inaugural Rescue Awards program was held in 2018. We welcome back Jetpets as our Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner, hence, the program is called the ‘Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020’.
When is the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020 program open for entries and how do I receive notification?
The entry period is from 12 pm (AEST) 1 May to midnight (AEST) 31 July 2020. To ensure you are notified with updates and announcements, please sign up for the Rescue Awards eNews.
What are the award categories?
- Outstanding Rescue Group (for groups operating 36 months and over)
- Outstanding New Rescue Group (for groups operating 12 – 36 months)
- Outstanding Animal Shelter
- Outstanding Council Animal Shelter
- Innovation in Rescue
- Community Education and Outreach Program
- Volunteer of the Year
- Refuel Digital Technology Award (new in 2020 for industry)
- Advocate® People’s Rescue Story (for pet adopters)
- Drontal® Foster Carer Story Award (new in 2020 for foster carers)
Who can submit an entry for Award Categories 1 – 6 and Category 8?
Entry is by self-nomination. The Entrant is the individual submitting a nomination on behalf of your organisation. The Entrant must be a representative of the Rehoming organisation (eg a manager or senior employee/volunteer at your organisation) who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. The Entrant must be an Australian resident aged 18 years or older.
Who can submit an entry for Award Category 7, Volunteer of the Year?
The person nominating a Volunteer for this award is the Entrant. The Entrant should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer who has sufficient knowledge of the rehoming organisation’s operations including your volunteer program. The Entrant must be an Australian resident 18 years and over. The nominated Volunteer must be 18 years and over. Both the Entrant and the Volunteer must have been working at the rehoming organisation for 12 months as of 1 May 2020. Self-nomination by the Volunteer will be ineligible.
Who can submit an entry for award category 9, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
This award is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted a pet from a Rescue Group, Animal Shelter/Council run Animal Shelter or Veterinary Clinic that rehomes pets. You must be an Australian resident 18 years and over to submit a valid entry for the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story award. The pet may be the companion of another family member, e.g, a child’s pet. Entry is by self-nomination.
Who can submit an entry for award category 10, Drontal® Foster Carer Story?
This award is for Aussie pet guardians who foster pets on behalf of a Rescue Group, Animal Shelter/Council run Animal Shelter or Veterinary Clinic that has a network of Volunteer foster carers. You must be an Australian resident 18 years and over to submit a valid entry for the Drontal® Foster Carer Story award. Entry is by self-nomination.
The Rehoming organisation I adopted my pet from doesn’t exist anymore. Can I submit an entry for Award category 9, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
Yes! Where the online entry form asks for the name of the Rescue Group or Animal Shelter/Council run-Animal Shelter or Veterinary Clinic, you can name another organisation that will be the recipient of the prize should you win this award. You can say in your pet adoption story that the Rescue Group or Animal Shelter does not exist anymore.
Who is eligible to win the Volunteer of the Year Award?
A volunteer worker at a Rescue Group or Animal Shelter or a Council run Animal Shelter for at least 12 months as of 1 May 2020.
Who is eligible to win the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story and the Drontal® Foster Carer Story?
There are two winners for both of these categories:
- The individual Entrant who must be an Australian resident aged 18 years and over
- The Entrant’s nominated Rescue Group, Animal Shelter/Council run Animal Shelter or Veterinary Clinic that rehomes pets as identified by the Entrant in the online entry form.
Are Veterinary Clinics who re-home pets eligible to win an award?
Yes! Veterinary Clinics can enter category 5, ‘Innovation in Rescue’, which is also open to Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters and Council run Animal Shelters as well as other individuals and organisations who are doing things differently to help reduce animal surrender and improve outcomes for companion animals.
What are the fabulous prizes to be won?
Thanks to our wonderful Supporters, we have fantastic prizes for each category. Check out the loot >>
Plus freebies for entrants!!
Categories 1-8 – every valid entrant who completes a submission for categories 1 – 8 receives one FREE membership to Vet Product Direct’s VPD Club valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% discount.
Categories 9 and 10 – every entrant to the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story or Drontal® Foster Carer Story receives one $20 gift voucher from Vet Products Direct to purchase these products (Advantage®/Seresto®/Advantix®/Advocate®/Drontal®). Woohoo!
Are application forms kept confidential?
Yes. The information on the application form will only be used by Pets4Life (in connection with the administration of the award), and the independent panel of judges.
Is there a cost associated with this program?
There is no cost to submit a nomination.
How do I submit an entry for industry Categories 1 – 8 and what is the process?
Entry is online via the Rescue Awards website from 1 May to 31 July 2020. You can edit and work on your submission any time during the open for entries period. Email entry is ineligible. ENTER >>
Once the entry period has closed, one of our team will review it to determine your eligibility. The panel of Judges will assess the eligible submissions in July followed by anonymous judging. Upon a discussion with the Judges, up to four Finalists will be determined for each Category.
How do I submit an entry for the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
You can submit your entry via the Rescue Awards online form here.
How do I submit an entry for the Drontal® Foster Carer Story?
You can submit your entry via the Rescue Awards online form here.
Who are the judges for award categories 1 – 8?
Our panel of 18 Judges brings a depth of experience in sheltering and rescue as well as a diversity of perspectives from companion animal welfare and the pet industry. Find out more about the Judges »
How are the Winners selected?
All submissions for categories 1 – 8 are assessed and scored out of 100 by a panel of 18 judges. A judge will be removed if there is a conflict of interest with a particular entrant. Following the judges’ assessments, there will be anonymous judging. Up to 4 finalists will be determined and announced on 16 September 2020. The winners will be selected during this process. The winners will be revealed at the Rescue Awards Ceremony.
The entries for category 9, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story, and category 10, Drontal® Foster Carer Story will be assessed by a panel of two judges who will determine the finalists and one winner for each category. The finalists will be announced on 16 September 2020 and the winners announced at the Rescue Awards Ceremony.
When are the Finalists and Winners announced?
The Finalists were announced on 16 September 2020 via the Rescue Awards social media, eNews, and media release distributed locally and nationally.
Thanks to our Gold Rescue Partner, Refuel Creative, the Winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 15 October at 4 pm AEDT. Following this special event, a media release will be distributed to national media, pet media, and media located in the winner’s local community as well as announcements in the Rescue Awards social media and eNews. The Rescue Awards ceremony will be live-streamed via the Rescue Awards Facebook page.
COVID-19 and Rescue Awards Ceremony
The Coronavirus will not get in the way of our Rescue Awards Ceremony to announce the winners. There will be a virtual event held on 15 October at 4 pm AEDT. You can watch the event live-streamed via our Facebook page @RescueAwards. Keep up with announcements via our eNews.
Will my personal information be shared with a third party?
When you submit an entry for industry Categories 1 – 8, you will need to provide your details in the online entry form. These details will NOT be shared with anyone without permission except in the circumstances where the winners’ contact details will be provided to the relevant Awards Supporters for the purpose of prize delivery. This is covered in the Terms and Conditions for categories 1-8.
How can I stay up to date with updates, announcements and important information on the Rescue Awards program?