Are you an innovative…rescue group or animal shelter or council animal shelter or a veterinary clinic or a companion animal support organisation or an individual who is doing something different to reduce animal surrender and improve animal welfare?
If your answer is YES, then you must enter Category 5, ‘Innovation in Rescue’! Get inspired and check out our 2018 winner of this Award, Safe Pets Safe Families.
This category has opened up to not only innovative rehoming organisations but also individuals and support organisations who are doing things within and beyond the shelter.
Examples of Innovation
Here are just a few examples of initiatives you may have undertaken.
- Introduced a new payment method that helps low-income families to pay for their adopted pet over a period of time.
- Implemented a de-sexing program to address a high number of unwanted kittens
- Collaborated with veterinarians to provide affordable vet care
- Rehome kittens from your veterinary clinic
- Source and provide donated products and services to support rescue groups and animal shelters
- Provide training to address animal behaviour issues at your shelter
- Improved the way your organisation conducts behaviour assessments
- Implemented health management protocols to reduce canine parvovirus/other infectious diseases
- Taken steps to increase reclaims
- Provided information for the community about missing cat and dog behaviour
- Improved your customer service to ensure all enquiries are handled within a certain time frame
- Changed the way your organisation provide enrichment for animals in your care
- Improved the process of matching potential adopters and animals
- Collaborated with the commercial pet industry to provide free or low-cost animal products and services for foster carers and low-income families who have adopted a pet
- Changed the way you train your staff and volunteers
- Introduced a special offer for hard to adopt pets such as seniors
- Implemented a new way of marketing and fundraising to ensure the longevity of your organisation
Entry is by self-nomination. The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.
#1 Identify why your organisation introduced the initiative.
#2 Include the specific goals and measures you put in place for your program.
#3 Simply explain the methods/policies and processes
#4 Briefly cover the key outcomes/impact of your initiative including any challenges you had to overcome. Explain how your program impacted on animal welfare outcomes in relation to your program’s specific goals.
#5 Explain how this initiative fits within the overall operations and strategic direction of your organisation.
So, get started and submit a self-nomination for Category 5, Innovation in Rescue.
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