Submit an entry for categories 1 - 6

Entries have now closed.  Winners are announced 12th October 2018. Good luck!

There are 6 award categories for rehoming organisations (Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters, and Council Animal Shelters/Pounds), please scroll down below for a brief overview of each category.

Entry is by rehoming organisation self-nomination. The entrant submitting a nomination should be a representative of the rehoming organisation (eg a manager or senior employee/volunteer at your rehoming organisation) who has sufficient knowledge of its operations. Does your organisation meet the eligibility criteria? scroll down below for more details?

Rest assured your details will NOT be shared with anyone except the relevant Supporters in order to deliver the prizes to the winners for categories 1 – 6 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.

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1. Outstanding Rescue Group

This is for Rescue Groups also known as Community Foster Care Networks who have 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 on 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. Operations planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

2. 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 large numbers of 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 on 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. Operations planning and Sustainability
  5. Staff and Volunteers
  6. Collaboration

 

 

3. 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 on its operations.

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

4. Innovation in Rescue

This is for Rehoming organisations (Rescue Groups, Animal Shelters or Council Animal Shelters/Pounds) who have made a significant impact on implementing a new program or process to address an issue affecting animal welfare and outcomes. 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 on its operations.  Here are helpful hints for this category.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

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

5. 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 on its operations.  Here are helpful hints for this category.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

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

6. Volunteer of the Year

This is for an outstanding individual who volunteers for a Rehoming organisation (Rescue Group, Animal Shelter or Council Animal Shelter/Pound). 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 July 2018.  A self-nomination by the volunteer will be ineligible. Find out more about the judging criteria for Volunteer of the Year.

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 – 6?

  • Entrant is 18 years or over
  • Entrant should be a manager or senior employee/volunteer from your Rehoming organisation who has sufficient knowledge of its operations.
  • Reside in Australia
  • Have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have been operating for at least 12 months (as at 1 July 2018)
  • Rescue Groups and Animal Shelters must be able to demonstrate a not for profit purpose.
  • Rehabilitates and rehomes companion animals, who live with their human family as pets. These animals include but not limited to: cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles, and birds.

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