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We have extended the entry period by one week to 7 July 2019. There are 8 award categories, please scroll down below for a brief overview of each category and click on the button to enter. 

This year, we have introduced exciting new changes to the program. We’ve added one new category, ‘Outstanding New Rescue Group’ for groups operating 12 – 36 months.  We have opened up the ‘Innovation in Rescue‘ category to include other individuals and organisations who are doing things differently to help reduce animal surrender and improve outcomes for companion animals.  We have used everyday language in the ‘Outstanding Rescue Group’ and ‘Outstanding New Rescue Group’ categories to help make the questions easier to understand. Get prepared with our sample questions. 

Check out our tips for a winning entry for categories 1 – 7.  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.  Category 8 is the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story award sponsored by Bayer.  This special award is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a companion animal (pet). You will need to accept the Terms and Conditions to be a valid entry for this award. 

 Please note there is NO VOTING for any of the categories.  For more information, check out our FAQs. 

1. Outstanding Rescue Group

This is for Rescue Groups also known as Community Foster Care Networks who have been operating over 36 months.  The Judges are looking for Rescue Groups 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 of its operations.  Get inspired and check out the 2018 winner of the Oustanding Rescue Group award, 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.  Also known as Community Foster Care Networks, 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.  The questions use lay terminology.

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.  Check out the 2018 winner of this award, 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 on its operations.  Get inspired and check out the 2018 winner of this award, 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 and check out our 2018 winner of this category, Safe Pets Safe Families.

The judging criteria cover these areas:

  1. Aims of your organisation/campaign
  2. Methods used
  3. Outcomes achieved

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 and check out the 2018 winner of this category, 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 team member 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. A self-nomination by the volunteer will be ineligible. The nominator and the nominee (volunteer) must have been working at the rehoming organisation for 12 months as at 1st of May 2019.  One volunteer per entry. You can enter more than one volunteer from your organisation for this award but they must be individual entries. The Judges are looking for a volunteer who is well supported by their organisation. Find out more about the judging criteria for Volunteer of the Year.  Get inspired and check out the 2018 winner of this award, Frances O’Connell

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

8. Advocate® People’s Rescue Story

Share your story with the nation, and show Australia how pet adoption changes lives for the better! This award is for Aussie pet guardians aged 18 years and over who have fostered or adopted a companion animal such as cat, dog or another pet. Include a photo or a 1 – 2 minute video.  This category is sponsored by our Gold Rescue Partner, Bayer.  Please read the Terms and Conditions.  Get inspired and check out the 2018 winner of this award, Jason Vallas and his dog, Diesel

Does your 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 Rehoming 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 (except for Council run animal shelters)
  • Rescue, rehabilitate, rehome or support companion animals. These animals include but not limited to: cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles and birds.

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