Submit an entry for categories 1 - 7

Entries have now closed.

Good news for entrants! The entry closing date has been extended by one week to 7 July 2019 to give you more time to complete your entry.  And, for those who have submitted an entry, you have more time to make further improvements until entries close. 

So, what’s new in 2019?

  • New category – We have added one new category, ‘Outstanding New Rescue Group’ for groups operating 12 – 36 months. 
  • ‘Innovation in Rescue’ category has opened up to other individuals and organisations who are doing things differently to help reduce animal surrender and improve outcomes for companion animals. 
  • We have used lay terms in the ‘Outstanding Rescue Group’ and ‘Outstanding New Rescue Group’ categories to make it easier to understand. Get prepared by reviewing the sample questions. 

Check out our tips for a winning entry.  Please note the entrant submitting a nomination for categories 1-7 must be a representative of your organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations, such as a manager or senior employee. Your nomination will be assessed by our independent panel of judges.

Rest assured your details will NOT be shared with anyone except with the relevant Supporters in order to deliver the prizes to the winners for categories 1 – 7 as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.  Please note there is NO VOTING for any of the award categories.  Your nomination will be assessed by our independent panel of judges.

 

1. Outstanding Rescue Group

This is for Rescue Groups also known as Community Foster Care Networks who have been operating over 36 months and who’ve made a positive impact on the outcomes of the animals in their care. Rescue Groups provide temporary care for pets from shelters, council pounds or surrenders in people’s homes.  A Rescue Group may have an overflow facility such as a kennel or cattery to hold animals temporarily.  Rescue Groups may use a third party for example pet retailers and cafes to offer animals for adoption.  Rescue Groups seek permanent homes for pets in their care.  Foster carers have a very important role in providing rehabilitation and care for animals ensuring they have the best chance at being rehomed.  Entry is by Rescue Group self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Rescue Group who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.  Following feedback from last year, we have adjusted the questions to use everyday language and lay terms. Get inspired, check out our 2018 winner, SAFE

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Animal intake prevention and Rehabilitation
  4. Planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

2. Outstanding New Rescue Group (new category)

This is for Rescue Groups who have been operating 12 – 36 months who have made a positive impact on the outcomes of the animals in their care.  Rescue Groups are also known as Community Foster Care Networks who provide temporary care for pets from shelters, council pounds or surrenders in people’s homes.  A Rescue Group may have an overflow facility such as a kennel or cattery to hold animals temporarily.  Rescue Groups may use a third party for example pet retailers and cafes to offer animals for adoption.  Rescue Groups seek permanent homes for pets in their care.  Foster carers have a very important role in providing rehabilitation and care for animals ensuring they have the best chance at being rehomed.  Entry is by Rescue Group self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Rescue Group who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Animal intake prevention and Rehabilitation
  4. Planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

3. Outstanding Animal Shelter

This is for charitable animal shelters who have made a significant impact on the outcomes of the healthy and treatable animals in their care as well as proactively implemented strategies to reduce intake. Animal shelters take in and care for a substantial number of surrendered, lost, injured, stray or unowned companion animals for the purpose of rehabilitation and rehoming.  A shelter is likely to be located on a single site with room to house multiple animals and must have all relevant Council permits. Entry is by Animal Shelter self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Animal Shelter who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. Get inspired, check out our 2018 winner, RSPCA Queensland.

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Animal intake prevention and Rehabilitation
  4. Operations planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

4. Outstanding Council Animal Shelter

This is for council-run animal shelters/pounds who have made a significant impact on the outcomes of the healthy and treatable animals in their care as well as proactively implemented strategies to reduce intake. Council run animal shelters adopt out animals in their care to the community.  Entry is by Council Animal Shelter self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Council Animal Shelter who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. Get inspired, check out our 2018 winner, Campaspe Animal Shelter

The judging criteria cover these themes:

  1. Governance and Compliance
  2. Animal adoption and Customer Service
  3. Impounded animals, Intake prevention, and Rehabilitation
  4. Operations planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

5. Innovation in Rescue

This category is open to Rehoming organisations, individuals and other organisations including vet clinics who are doing things differently to reduce surrender and help companion animals find a loving home.  You may be an organisation who supports rescue groups and animals shelters by providing donated products and services. You may be an organisation who provides crisis foster care. 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. Here are helpful hints for this category.  Get inspired, check out our 2018 winner, Safe Pets Safe Families

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Program aims
  2. Program methods
  3. Program outcomes

6. Community Education and/or Outreach program

This is for Rehoming organisations (Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters or Council Animal Shelters) who have made a significant impact on implementing a new education or outreach program that changes behaviour and improves animal welfare and outcomes in the community.  Entry is by Rehoming organisation self-nomination.  The person submitting the nomination should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from the Rehoming organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.  Here are helpful hints for this category.  Get inspired, check out our 2018 winner, Cat Protection Society NSW

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Program aims
  2. Program methods
  3. Program outcomes

7. Volunteer of the Year

This is for an outstanding volunteer team member.  Burn out is a big issue in rehoming organisations.  The Judges are looking for a volunteer who is well supported by their rehoming organisation. The volunteer must reside in Australia and be 18 years or over. The nominator and the nominee (volunteer) must have been working at the Rehoming organisation for 12 months as at 1st of May 2019.  A self-nomination by the volunteer will be ineligible. One entry per volunteer.  There is no limit to the number of volunteers entered by your organisation as long as they are individual entries. Find out more about the judging criteria for Volunteer of the Year.  Get inspired, check out our 2018 winner, Frances O’Connell, AWL SA.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Volunteer’s role and motivation for joining the Rehoming organisation
  2. Challenges overcome by the volunteer
  3. Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  4. Personal contribution to the Rehoming organisation

Does your Rehoming organisation meet the criteria for categories 1 – 7?

  • Entrant is 18 years or over
  • Entrant should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from your organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.
  • Reside in Australia
  • Have been operating for at least 12 months (as at 1 May 2019)
  • Must be able to demonstrate a not for profit purpose
  • Rescue or rehabilitate or rehome or support companion animals.  These animals include but not limited to: cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles, and birds.

Sign up for the Jetpets Rescue Awards newsletter

Keep up to date with announcements, tips and more!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This