Pets4Life is pleased to introduce the inaugural companion animal rescue awards to recognise and celebrate the most inspiring examples of rehabilitation and re-homing of companion animals Australia wide.

Australia has one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world with 24 million companion animals in homes¹. Yet, many thousands of animals end up in animal shelters, relying on re-homing organisations to help find them forever homes.

“Every animal deserves a good life, not a life of existence. That’s where rescue groups come in; giving pets a second chance,” said Cathy Beer, pet rescue advocate and founder of Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those thinking of getting a pet.

Australia has more than 900 rescue or re-homing organisations supported by thousands of volunteers.

“Thanks to the great work done by rescue groups and animal shelters, the rate of companion animals being adopted or fostered by Australians has increased over the years,” said Cathy. “These awards celebrate their hard work and success in giving companion animals a second chance in a loving home! We thank our sponsors for their support!”

This year, Jetpets is the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner.

Jetpets Managing Director Sandy Matheson said: “Our team at Jetpets are passionate about animals finding loving homes, and understand just how much they enrich our lives. We are thrilled to be the Platinum sponsor of this year’s inaugural Rescue Awards to support and recognise the great work being done by shelters across the country, and to celebrate our mutual love of animals.”

The official launch of the inaugural Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018 will be held on 14 June 2018 at a special event in Sydney. At the launch, the awards categories and seven well-respected animal welfare/pet/vet industry expert judges – including a celebrity vet – will be revealed!

For updates on the awards program please visit


¹Animal Medicines Australia, Pet Ownership in Australia 2016Report.


Photo of Cathy Beer and foster dogs credited to Jenny Bridge
Other photos credited to Jo Lyons Photography, the Awards official photographer.

About Pets4Life

Pets4LifePets4Life is an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Our goal is to help reduce cat and dog surrender and improve pet well-being in Australia. Our mission is to help families make better choices and become even better pet guardians. Cathy Beer is the Founder of Pets4Life. After over 20 years in the corporate world as a professional marketer, Cathy pursued her passion for pet welfare and created Pets4Life in 2013 after interviewing leaders in the companion animal welfare space. Cathy is a final year student at the Delta Institute of Australia to attain a Cert IV Companion Animal Services and an accredited Delta dog trainer. Cathy is a voluntary member of Willoughby Council’s Companion Animals Committee. Visit

About Jetpets

JetpetsAs Australia’s leading pet travel company, Jetpets safely and comfortably transports thousands of pets around the country and the globe every year. We love nothing more than reuniting and bringing families together. We do so with an experienced team of pet travel experts, comprising of Pet Travel Consultants, Pet Handlers and Resident Vets. We provide a complete pet travel service, taking care of everything involved in transporting a pet from their home to their final destination. For helpful information on pet travel related topics visit, or contact a Pet Travel Expert on 1300 668 309.



  1. Wiki

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.


    • Cathy Beer

      Thanks Wiki for getting in touch. I love cats, I will check out your Instagram page. Cheers, Cathy

  2. Nicola Addison

    Hi I run the ‘Give a Dog a Bone Keep Kitty Happy (GADAB) Christmas Appeal. This appeal ask people to pop 1 item toy or treat for a dog or cat into their shopping trolley and with a group of volunteers we distribute them to over 21 rescue services and organisations they assist homeless people with pets. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Jet Pets for all that you do for the animals.

    • Cathy Beer

      Hi Nicola,
      Thanks for your support. We are thrilled that Jetpets is our inaugural naming partner for the Companion Animal Rescue Awards this year. See you at the launch event!


  3. Britt Clapson

    How can We nominate ?

    • Cathy Beer

      Hi Britt,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Nominations open on 1st of July. We’re just letting everyone know that the Awards are coming. More details will be revealed on 14th June on the website following the official launch event in Sydney.

  4. Lisa Jayne Cameron

    Hi Cathy
    What a wonderful award .
    I’m the founder of Australia’s first sanctuary for disabled animals Storybook Farm Sacred Animal Garden. We have flown paralysed and disabled animals from every state in the country with Jetpets , they have looked after each of our special clients so beautifully.
    Lisa Jayne.

    • Cathy Beer

      That’s wonderful to hear Lisa Jayne. Your sanctuary sounds amazing.


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