517 entries received in inaugural companion animal rescue awards
Companion Animal Rescue Awards Founder Cathy Beer from Pets4Life is thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Companion Animal Rescue Awards, which celebrate and recognise inspiring examples of dedication to the rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia wide.
Jetpets Founder and Managing Director Sandy Matheson said, “Jetpets is proud to be the Platinum Partner of this year’s inaugural Companion Animal Rescue Awards. As a long standing pet industry participant and now reconfirmed in my time as an awards judge, I have a true appreciation of the amazing work done by so many individuals and various rescue groups across the country. On behalf of the Jetpets team, I would like to commend all the very worthy nominations and particularly congratulate the winners.”
Australia has over 900 rescue groups and animal shelters supported by thousands of volunteers¹. Following the announcement of the finalists on 9 October 2018, one winner from each of the seven categories was selected by a panel of nine judges.
“The bar was set very high and we received many outstanding submissions from rescue groups and animal shelters across the nation,” said Cathy. “In a field of 200 registrations, a total of 89 rehoming organisations completed a submission for categories 1 to 6. The winners demonstrated their ability to not only provide excellent animal welfare outcomes but also ensure the sustainability of their organisation,” said Cathy.
For category 7, the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story received 428 entries from Aussie pet guardians who shared their stories about pet adoption and fostering.
Dan White, Brand Manager of Advocate® at Bayer said it was very difficult to choose the top 10 finalists, let alone a winner!
“The judging, although a lengthy process, has also been a thoroughly rewarding and uplifting one,” he said. “All of the stories – although different in a number of ways – have one thing in common: they truly inspire and demonstrate the difference a re-homed pet can make to an individual or people’s lives. We’ve been absolutely privileged to have been involved.”
Cathy thanked Supporters for making the Rescue Awards possible and acknowledged the great efforts of rescue groups, animal shelters, and volunteers.
“These awards celebrate their hard work and success in giving companion animals a second chance in a loving home! A huge thank you to our Supporters!” she said.
Category 1: Outstanding Rescue Group – Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE)
Category 2: Outstanding Animal Shelter – RSPCA QLD
Category 3: Outstanding Council Animal Shelter – Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter
Category 4: Innovation in Rescue – Safe Pets Safe Families
Category 5: Community Education and Outreach Program – The Good Neighbour Project (Cat Protection Society NSW)
Category 6: Volunteer of the Year – Frances O’Connell (AWL South Australia)
Category 7: Advocate® People’s Rescue Story – Jason Vallas and his faithful dog, Diesel
Photo: Rescue dog ‘Sahara’, Sandy Matheson of Jetpets and Rescue Awards Founder, Cathy Beer at the Winners’ Announcement event on Friday, 12 October 2018.
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Please visit the Awards Media Gallery for hi-res photos for the awards program. Photo credit to the Awards official photographer, Jo Lyons Photography.