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The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020 is a for purpose, national program whose mission is to celebrate and recognise achievements in rescue, rehabilitating and rehoming companion animals Australia wide.  It is the platform to showcase excellence and innovation in rescue.

The Rescue Awards are managed by Pets4Life, consisting of a small team of hard-working volunteers and dedicated professionals. We have a panel of highly respected Judges from the animal welfare and pet industry.  The Rescue Awards bring together Australian rehoming organisations, the commercial pet industry, and families who’ve adopted or fostered a pet.

Launching in 2018, the Rescue Awards is an Australian first. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from animal shelters and rescue groups who’ve said “this is just what the industry needs” and “why has it taken so long?”.  Don’t take our word for it, find out what the entrants said.

There’s some misleading information about the Rescue Awards out there.  I wish to allay any concerns and ensure you get the facts! If you have any further questions about the Rescue Awards, refer to our FAQS or please do not hesitate to contact us.  We’re a small team, we’ll endeavour to reply to your query within 48 hours.

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#1  There is no Voting

The entries for all categories are assessed by a panel of judges. The Rescue Awards has NO voting component at all.  This is because we want to prevent Rehoming organisations or individuals with large social media communities gaining an advantage by popular vote to win an Award. Entries close 31 July 2020.

#2 The Companion Animal Rescue Awards are for Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters, pet adopters and foster carers.  

The term ‘Rescue’ in the ‘Companion Animal Rescue Awards’ has a broad meaning, it applies to the industry as a whole.  The Rescue Awards is for Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters, and Council-run Animal Shelters.  Rescue Groups can enter multiple categories. Get inspired, and check out our 2019 Outstanding Rescue Group winner, Maneki Neko Cat Rescue, and our 2019 Outstanding New Rescue Group winner, Dandy Cat Rescue.  In 2020, there are eight categories for the industry including category 5, ‘Innovation in Rescue’, which is open to anyone who is doing things differently to improve welfare outcomes for companion animals in the community.

#3 The judging panel has solid experience in companion animal rescue and rehoming 

We have a balanced panel of 18 Judges who will assess the entries for the industry categories 1 – 8.  We welcome back the 2019 panel plus new Judges including, Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand, Brooke Rankmore of AMRRIC, Bondi Vet Dr Alison Shen, Vanessa Rohlf, and more. Each judge brings a different experience and perspective to the judging process. The judges have a depth of experience in companion animal welfare, with years of hands-on experience in managing animal operations which includes sheltering and rescue/foster care networks, both as employees and as volunteers, for example, Anne Boxhall brings 28 years’ experience in rescue and sheltering. Some of the Judges are vets who liaise closely with rescue groups and animal shelters to provide veterinarian treatment and support for their companion animals prior to adoption.

#4 The Rescue Awards is not a program for the commercial pet industry

The Companion Animal Rescue Awards is not a concept by or for the pet industry.  The Rescue Awards has a genuine mission to celebrate and recognise achievement in the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of companion animals. The awards are an initiative of Pets4Life, an independent educational resource whose mission is to help reduce animal surrender and improve pet wellbeing in Australia.  Pets4Life is independent of rescue and from the pet industry.

The Rescue Awards would not be possible without the generosity of our Supporters from the commercial pet industry and companion animal welfare sector.  We are thrilled to welcome back Jetpets as the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner in 2020.

#5 The Rescue Awards is not an exercise to collect contact details to be shared with others for marketing purposes or seek charity donations

The purpose of the Rescue Awards is simple – to celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of companion animals Australia wide.

Personal information that is collected will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Policy, which should be read in conjunction with the specific Terms and Conditions for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020.  For Rehoming organisations, the Terms and Conditions for Award Categories 1 – 8 outlines that your contact details will NOT be shared with a third party without permission, except for winners’ details who will be shared with the Supporters who are providing Prizes in order to deliver them. The Finalists and Winners may be contacted for publicity purposes. Importantly, because there is no voting for these Categories, the information which is provided is controlled entirely by what the Rehoming organisation chooses to include in their submission.  These Categories do not allow for the collection of a list of Supporters of a particular Rehoming organisation, because it is the organisation, not their supporters, who control what information is provided about the Rehoming organisation.

#6 Entry details for Categories 9 and 10 will be shared with the sponsors for these categories, Advocate®, and Drontal®, which is standard practice for this type of Award.

We are proud to have Elanco (formerly Bayer Animal Health) brands, Advocate®, and Drontal® as a Gold Rescue Partner for the Rescue Awards 2020.  Award Category 9, the ‘Advocate® People’s Rescue Story’ is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted a companion animal (pet).  Award Category 10, ‘Drontal® Foster Carer Story‘ is for Aussie pet guardians who foster a companion animal (pet).  The Entrant’s contact details for these categories will be shared with Elanco exclusively for the purpose of providing their information about products, news, services, and events that are relevant to you. This is standard practice for this type of consumer Award. This is covered in the Terms and Conditions for Advocate® People’s Rescue Story and the Terms and Conditions for the Drontal® Foster Carer Story. Entrants are required to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to submitting an entry. Entrants can UNSUBSCRIBE from Elanco’s mailing list anytime as covered explicitly in the Terms and Conditions for this award. You can unsubscribe by clicking ‘unsubscribe’ at the bottom of the emails you receive.

#7 The Rescue Awards Supporters are from the not for profit animal welfare sector and pet industry

Pets4Life has engaged Supporters who share a collective passion for companion animal rescue and adoption including our Rescue Awards Ambassador, Lara Shannon, Host and Producer of TV series Pooches At Play.

#8 Rescue Groups/shelters who are not members with PetRescue, Pound Paws, Australian Institute of Animal Management or G2Z will have an equal opportunity of winning an award

Rescue Groups and animal shelters/pounds do not have to be a member of PetRescue, G2Z, AIAM, or Pound Paws or any other organisation to submit a nomination for categories 1- 8 and be considered for an award.  Entrants must satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Each of the 18 judges for categories 1- 8 will assess the submissions on its own merits.  There is no public voting. Conflict of interest is taken very seriously.  A judge will be removed from assessing a particular submission if there is potential bias or conflict of interest. This is applicable to all of the judges.

#9 The Rescue Awards Supporters do not sell puppies or condone the sale of animals from puppy farms or unregistered breeders.

None of our Supporters have a business where they sell puppies or kittens.

 #10 Eleven great reasons to enter one or multiple Categories to win an Award!

  1. Celebrate and showcase your best practice at a national level
  2. Improve standards nationwide, which means better welfare outcomes for our companion animals
  3. Attract more adopters and supporters in your local community as a finalist or winner
  4. Shine the light on your hard-working volunteer who has made a difference to your organisation
  5. Highlight your team effort and boost morale
  6. Receive one free Vet Products Direct VPD Club members valued at $64.95 and enjoy up to 40% off when you submit a valid entry for categories 1 – 8.
  7. Great prizes! $1,000 cash donation plus fantastic goodies from our Rescue Awards Supporters.  Check out the prizes for each category.
  8. Engage your community of pet adopters by encouraging them to share their remarkable and heartwarming stories of how pet adoption has changed their lives for the better by entering the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story.
  9. Foster Carers now have a special category just for them, the Drontal® Foster Carer Story to share their story of fostering a pet and win fabulous prizes.
  10. Receive $20 gift voucher from Vet Products Direct to purchase these products (Advantage®/Seresto®/Advantix®/Advocate®/Drontal®) when you enter the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story or the Drontal® Foster Carer Story.
  11. It’s free to enter! So, why not have a crack and put your best paw, claw, or hoof forward.

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