Cathy BeerFounder of Pets4Life
Cathy Beer has a big heart for pet welfare and pet adoption. Like many Australian households, Cathy grew up with pets in the home. Cathy’s first love was her grandparents’ cat, Binky, who lived until the ripe old age of 22 years! Dogs didn’t feature in her life until 2008 when she adopted two doggies from a rescue group in Sydney.
After over 20 years as a professional marketer in the corporate world, Cathy followed her passion and created Pets4Life. Launched in 2013 at Willoughby Council, Pets4Life is an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Pets4Life’s goal is to help reduce cat and dog surrender and improve pet well-being in Australia.
Cathy has attended the Getting To Zero (G2Z) Summits, whose goal is to achieve zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. Cathy was inspired and awestruck by examples of achievements in rescue presented at these G2Z Summits. So, she created the Companion Animal Rescue Awards as a way to showcase and celebrate outstanding examples of rehoming best practice Australia wide. Cathy launched the inaugural Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards program in 2018.
Cathy is currently studying dog training to attain a Cert IV and become an accredited Delta trainer. Cathy is active in her local community where she is a voluntary member of Willoughby Council’s Companion Animals Committee. Cathy is a voluntary dog training instructor at the Sydney All Breeds Dog Club.
Cathy lives in Sydney with her husband, John, and their two foster dogs, Twinkle and Fluffy who have a huge place in their hearts.
“Every animal deserves a good life, not just a life of existence”