Frequently Asked Questions
What animals are considered a companion animal for the Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018?
A companion animal is a pet that lives with their human family. Companion animals include but 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 Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018?
A rehoming organisation that is eligible to receive an award is a not for profit rescue group, animal shelter or Council run animal shelter/pound.
What is Pets4Life and what is their role in the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018?
Pets4Life is the pro bono entity of Foresight Marketing & Communications Pty Ltd (a small marketing consultancy). Pets4Life is an 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 has a non-commercial mission. It is independent of the pet industry and animal welfare. Find out more about Pets4Life »
Cathy is a passionate pet adoption advocate and currently has two foster rescue dogs at home. Companion animal rescue has come a long way and it’s time to celebrate their achievements. So, Cathy created the Companion Animal Rescue Awards as a way to showcase outstanding examples of rehoming best practice.
The inaugural Awards launched on the 14th of June 2018 in Sydney. This year, Jetpets is the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner, hence, it is called the ‘Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018;
When is the Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018 program open for nominations and how do I receive notification?
The nomination period is from 12 pm (EST) 1st July to midnight (EST) 31st August 2018. To ensure you are notified, please sign up for the Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018 newsletter.
What are the award categories?
- Outstanding Rescue Group
- Outstanding Animal Shelter
- Outstanding Council Animal Shelter
- Innovation in Rescue
- Community Education and Outreach Program
- Volunteer of the year
- Advocate® People’s Rescue Story
Who can submit a nomination for award categories 1 – 5?
Entry is by rehoming organisation self-nomination. The entrant is the individual submitting a nomination on behalf of the rehoming organisation. The entrant must be a representative of the rehoming organisation (eg a manager or senior employee/volunteer at your rehoming organisation) who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. The entrant must be an Australian resident aged 18 years or older.
Who can submit a nomination for award category 6, Volunteer of the Year?
The person nominating a volunteer for this award is the Entrant. The Entrant must have sufficient knowledge of the rehoming organisation’s operations including volunteers (eg a manager or senior employee or volunteer). 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 at 1st of July 2018. Self-nomination by the volunteer will be ineligible.
Who can submit an entry for award category 7, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
This award is for pet guardians who have fostered or adopted a pet. You must be an Australian resident 18 years and over to submit a valid entry for the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story award.
The Rehoming organisation I adopted my pet from doesn’t exist anymore. Can I submit an entry for award category 7, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
Yes. Where the online entry form asks for the name of the Rescue Group or Animal Shelter, 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 award categories 1 – 5?
Not for profit rescue group or animal shelter or council run animal shelter located in Australia that is at least 12 months old as at 1st of July 2018.
Who is eligible to win the Volunteer of the Year award?
A volunteer worker at a not for profit rescue group, animal shelter or council run animal shelter for at least 12 months as at 1st of July 2018.
Who is eligible to win the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
There are two winners for this award:
- The individual entrant who must be an Australian resident aged 18 years and over
- The entrant’s not for profit rescue group, animal shelter or Council run animal shelter identified in the online entry form
Are veterinary clinics who re-home pets eligible to win an award?
Veterinary clinics are not eligible to win an award. Only rehoming organisations with not for profit purpose are eligible to win an award in 2018. Veterinary clinics will be considered for an award in the future.
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 a nomination for categories 1 – 6 and what is the nomination process?
You can submit a nomination online from 1st of July to 31st of August 2018 via the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards website. An email entry is ineligible.
Once we receive your nomination, one of our team will review it to determine your eligibility. The panel of judges will assess the eligible nominations and determine a short list of up to four finalists per award category. A ‘mystery shopper’ will visit the finalists where possible in September 2018.
Who are the judges for award categories 1 – 6?
Our magnificent 7 judges are donating their time to the Jetpets Rescue Awards. The panel of judges brings a range of perspectives and expertise from companion animal welfare and the pet industry.
- Nell Thomson. Coordinator, G2Z
- Vickie Davy, Co-Founder, and joint CEO, PetRescue
- Dr Anthony Bennett, Veterinarian, and Co-Star, Village Vets
- Tim Vasudeva, Director of Corporate Affairs, Animals Australia
- Dr Anne Fawcett, Animal Welfare Veterinarian
- Sandy Matheson, Founder and Managing Director, Jetpets
- Dr Michael O’Donoghue, veterinarian and Co-founder of ‘People and Pets’, a nationwide pet loss counselling service
How do I submit an entry for the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
You can submit your entry via the Jetpets Rescue Awards online form here.
Who are the judges for the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
There are 2 judges for this award category:
- Dan White, Senior Brand Manager at Bayer
- Cathy Beer, Founder of Pets4Life
How are winners selected?
All nominees for categories 1 – 6 are assessed by the independent judging panel against the questions in the online nomination form. A ‘mystery shopper’ will visit the finalists where possible in September 2018. Each judge is allowed complete discretion in determining the winners.
The entries for category 7, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story will be assessed by a representative from Bayer and Pets4Life. 10 finalists will be shortlisted prior to one winner is announced in mid-October 2018.
When are the finalists and winners announced?
The finalists will be announced on 9th of October 2018 via the Jetpets Rescue Awards Facebook page.
The winners will be announced in mid-October 2018 via a Jetpets Rescue Awards Facebook live event and a media release that will be distributed to national media, pet media and media located in the winner’s local community.
Is there an awards ceremony event in 2018?
No, however, there will be a Facebook Live event to announce the winners in mid-October. An awards ceremony dinner event will be considered for 2019.
Will my personal information be shared with a third party?
When you submit a nomination for award categories 1 – 6, you will need to provide your details in the online entry form. These details will NOT be shared with the Awards Supporters for marketing purposes. 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 1-6.
When you submit a valid entry to the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story, you will need to check the box to say you agree to the Terms & Conditions, which outlines that your contact details will be shared with Bayer (sponsor of this award category) for the purpose of providing information on products and offers. You can unsubscribe from Bayer’s mailing list at any time.
How can I stay up to date with events and activities until the 2019 Rescue Awards program is launched?