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Get The Facts Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018

The Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018 is a major national program supported by a small team of hard-working volunteers and dedicated professionals. We have a panel of highly respected judges and over 20 animal welfare and commercial pet industry Supporters.  These awards bring together Rehoming organisations, the commercial pet industry, and Australians who’ve adopted or fostered a pet.

The mission of the awards is to celebrate and recognise achievements in rescue, rehabilitating and rehoming companion animals Australia wide.

This is an Australian first and we’re endeavouring to put on the best awards possible for all Rehoming organisations nationwide. The majority of 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?”

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


#1  There is no Voting

The entries for all 7 award categories are assessed by the judges. The awards have NO voting component at all.

#2 The judging panel has solid experience in sheltering and foster care

We have a balanced panel of 7 independent judges who will assess the entries for rehoming industry categories 1 – 6.  The judges bring a depth of experience in companion animal welfare.  These judges have years of hands-on experience in managing animal operations which includes sheltering and rescue/foster care networks, both as employees and as volunteers.

#3 The 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 awards have a genuine mission to celebrate and recognise achievement in rehabilitation and rehoming companion animals. The awards are an initiative of Pets4Life, an independent education resource with a non-commercial goal to help reduce animal surrender and improve pet wellbeing in Australia.  Pets4Life is independent of rescue and from the pet industry.

This year, we are thrilled to have Jetpets as the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner, hence this year it’s called the ‘Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018’.

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

We take this false accusation very seriously. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate and recognise achievements in rehabilitating and rehoming companion animals.  Personal information which 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 Rescue Awards 2018.  For Rehoming organisations, the Terms and Conditions for award categories 1 – 6 outlines that your contact details will NOT be shared with a third party 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 application.  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.

#5 Entry details for Category 7 will be shared with Bayer, the award sponsor, which is standard practice for this type of award

We are proud to have Bayer as a Gold Rescue Partner for these awards.  Award category 7, the ‘Advocate® People’s Rescue Story’ is sponsored by Bayer. This award is for Aussie pet owners who have adopted or fostered a companion animal (pet).  The entrant’s contact details for this category will be shared with Bayer exclusively for the purpose of providing 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.  Entrants are required to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to submitting an entry. Entrants can UNSUBSCRIBE from Bayer’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.

#6 The awards Supporters are not all from the commercial pet industry

Pets4Life has engaged more than 20 Supporters who share a collective passion for companion animal rescue and adoption including our Awards Ambassador, Dr. Joanne Righetti, Platinum Rescue Partner, Jetpets, and our Gold Rescue Partners Purina, Bayer, Ruff Diamonds and Refuel Creative. Our Supporters also include Where Pets Are Found, incorporated association Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM), national program Getting To Zero (G2Z) and charities: Pound Paws, PetRescue and Australian War Animals Memorial Organisation (AWAMO).

#7 Rescue Groups not listed with PetRescue 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 1-6 and be considered for an award.  Entrants must satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Each of the 7 judges for categories 1-6 brings a different experience and perspective of rescue and sheltering in Australia.  Each judge will assess the submissions on its own merits.  There is no 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.

#8 The 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.

 #9 Nine reasons to submit a nomination for an award or multiple categories

These Awards are all about celebration and recognition of excellence in rehabilitating and rehoming companion animals. Here are nine reasons why Rehoming organisations should submit a self-nomination for an award(s) or nominate your hard-working volunteer:

  1. Celebrate and recognise Rehoming organisations in our community who play an important role in companion animal welfare at a national level
  2. Showcase examples of best practice in rehabilitating and rehoming companion animals
  3. Improve standards nationwide, which means better welfare outcomes for our companion animals
  4. Attract more adopters and supporters in your local community as a finalist or winner
  5. Shine the light on your hard-working volunteer who has made a difference to your organisation
  6. Highlight your team effort in categories 1-5
  7. Receive $1,000 cash donation plus over $1,000 RRP pack of goodies from our awards Supporters.  Check out the prizes for each category
  8. Engage your community of pet adopters in the awards by encouraging them to share their stories of how pet adoption has changed their lives for the better by entering the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story.
  9. It’s free to enter!

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