Frequently Asked Questions
What animals are considered a companion animal for the Jetpets Rescue Awards 2019?
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 2019?
A rehoming organisation that is eligible to receive an award is a rescue group or animal shelter that can demonstrate a not for profit purpose, or a Council run animal shelter/pound.
What is Pets4Life and what is their role in the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards?
Pets4Life is the pro bono entity of Foresight Marketing & Communications Pty Ltd (a small 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 ‘for purpose’ 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, 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 launched on the 14th of June 2018 in Sydney. We welcome back Jetpets as our Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner, hence, it is called the ‘Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2019’.
When is the Jetpets Rescue Awards 2019 program open for entries and how do I receive notification?
The nomination period is from 12 pm (AEST) 1 May to midnight (AEST) 7 July 2019. To ensure you are notified, please sign up for the Jetpets Rescue Awards e-newsletter.
What are the award categories?
- Outstanding Rescue Group
- Outstanding New Rescue Group (new in 2019)
- 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 an entry for award categories 1 – 6?
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 your 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 2019. Self-nomination by the volunteer will be ineligible.
Who can submit an entry for award category 8, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story?
This award is for Aussie 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 8, 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 – 4?
Rescue groups or animal shelters that can demonstrate a Not for Profit purpose or council run animal shelters located in Australia – at least 12 months old as of 1 May 2019.
Who is eligible to win award category 5, Innovation in Rescue?
This category open to individuals and organisations who are doing things differently to help reduce animal surrender and improve outcomes for companion animals. For example, you could be a rescue group or an animal shelter or a Council animal shelter or a veterinary clinic that rehomes kittens or a team of people who support rehoming organisations with donated products and services. Your operations should be at least 12 months old as of 1 May 2019. Get inspired and check out the 2018 winner of this award, Safe Pets Safe Families.
Who is eligible to win the Volunteer of the Year award?
A volunteer worker at a Not for Profit rescue group or animal shelter or a council run animal shelter for at least 12 months as of 1 May 2019.
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?
Yes! Veterinary clinics can enter category 5, Innovation in Rescue, which is open rehoming organisations as well as other individuals and organisations who are doing things differently to help reduce animal surrender and improve outcomes for companion animals.
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 categories 1 – 7 and what is the process?
Entry is online via the Rescue Awards website from 1 May to 7 July 2019. You can edit and work on your submission any time during the open for entries period. Email entry is ineligible.
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 and spot checks. Upon a discussion with the judges, up to four finalists will be determined for each category.
Who are the judges for award categories 1 – 7?
Our panel of 9 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.
- Anne Boxhall, 28 years’ experience in sheltering and rescue
- Nell Thomson, Coordinator, G2Z
- Bondi Vet Dr Alex Hynes, an emergency veterinarian
- 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 3 judges for this award category:
- Dan White, Senior Brand Manager, Bayer
- Bayer Veterinarian Dr Liisa Ahlström
- Cathy Beer, Founder of Pets4Life
How are the winners selected?
All submissions for categories 1 – 7 are assessed and scored out of 100 in July by a panel of 9 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 and spot checks. Up to 4 finalists will be determined and announced on 13 August 2019. The winners will be selected during this process. The winner will be revealed at the Rescue Awards Ceremony on 12 September 2019.
The entries for category 8, Advocate® People’s Rescue Story will be assessed by a panel of 3 judges who will determine 10 finalists of which one of those will be the winner. The finalists will be announced on 13 August 2019 prior to one winner is announced on 12 September 2019.
When are the finalists and winners announced?
The finalists will be announced on 13 August 2019 via the Jetpets Rescue Awards social media, e-newsletter and media release distributed locally and nationally.
The winners will be revealed at the Rescue Awards Ceremony on 12 September 2019 at the Mantra hotel, Gold Coast during the G2Z Summit. 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 e-newsletter. The ceremony on 12 September will be captured by live broadcast via the Rescue Awards Facebook page for those who cannot attend the event in person.
Is there an awards ceremony event in 2019?
Yes! We are very excited to hold a special Jetpets Rescue Awards ceremony during the G2Z Summit on 12 September 2019 at the Mantra Hotel, Gold Coast from 6 pm to 8 pm. More details to follow.
Will my personal information be shared with a third party?
When you submit an entry for award categories 1 – 76, 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 1-7.
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?