What the entrants said...
Sue Hedley, SAFE Founder
“It’s a huge honour. Animal rescue work is both rewarding and challenging and to be recognised like this is a real feather in the cap for hard-working volunteers in SAFE branches across regional WA and SAFE Metro in Perth. It’s also about the success of the foster care model, with homeless animals being the real winners. It’s affirming to see the support that major sponsors like Jetpets, Bayer, Purina, and others have given to the rescue awards program. It highlights the value and importance being placed on the rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals across Australia.” 2018 Outstanding Rescue Group Winner. Sue Hedley was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) (General Division) for service to animal welfare on 26 January 2019. More about SAFE.
Cat Affairs Summer 2018 (magazine), Cat Protection Society NSW
“We’re honoured our Good Neighbour Project won the Community Education and Outreach Program category. The Award will help us to promote the message of responsible cat ownership and we will use the cash prize of $1,000 to help us deliver discount cat desexing in regional areas.” 2018 Community Education and Outreach Program Winner More about Cat Protection Society NSW
Kate Kemp, Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter Operations Manager
“Taking the time to do a submission for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards was challenging but very worthwhile, whilst organising the submission it also gave us the opportunity to review our processes and clarify our goals. We are very proud of the achievements we have made since the Shire of Campaspe took the management of the animal shelter in-house at the end of October 2016. The recognition we have received by winning the Outstanding Council Animal Shelter award is not just a credit to the animal shelter and Shire of Campaspe teams (staff and volunteers), but the entire community that has supported the shelter, helping us do our job better. Being awarded as winners by our peers within the industry has seen a lot of additional media coverage which has helped to shine a light on our achievements to improve animal welfare outcomes for our companion animals. We would like to thank Cathy Beer the founder of the Companion Animal Rescue Awards, all of the Judges, partners, and supporters who made these awards a reality. It is wonderful to finally see all areas of our industry being recognised.” 2018 Council Animal Shelter Winner. More about the Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter
Michael Beatty, RSPCA Queensland
‘This is a great honour (to win ‘Outstanding Animal Shelter Award’) and belongs to all our dedicated staff and volunteers. I believe that perhaps part of the reason we were chosen was our ongoing willingness to try new initiatives to improve animal welfare throughout Queensland. Financially this will also benefit the nineteen rescue groups who took part in our Big Adopt Out event last month. We intend to purchase enrichment toys so these can help the many animals in their care.’ More about RSPCA QLD.
Jennifer Howard, CEO, Safe Pets Safe Families Founder
“We want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, Cathy Beer, Jetpets and to all the judges and sponsors. Being a complete volunteer – run rescue running off donations and fundraisers, this recognition and prizes are massive to us, in fact, the Jetpets travel voucher will allow us to fly a pet immediately with their owner escaping Domestic Violence, we usually have to do a donation drive for this cost, so this is a life -saving gift for us not only for a pet but for the Owner leaving a dangerous situation. Thank you so much to all the sponsors your gifts will bring relief to pets and people in crisis helping reduce the number of animals being surrendered and euthanised and allowing people to leave dangerous situations, so many people delay leaving due to their pets and pets are often used as pawns to control their victims.” 2018 Innovation In Rescue Winner More about Safe Pets Safe Families
Richard Mussell, CEO, Animal Welfare League South Australia
“Frances being named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year is a testament to her hard work and her commitment to improving the lives of the animals in the care of the AWL. Frances is an asset to the AWL team and it’s great to have her efforts recognised through this award, myself and the team are incredibly proud of Frances’s achievements. I would like to extend a special thanks to the partners, supporters and sponsors of the 2018 Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards, the prizes that AWL will receive as part of Frances being named Volunteer of the Year will go directly toward the thousands of animals in our care, and will assist us to continue providing great outcomes.” 2018 Volunteer of the Year Winner More about Animal Welfare League South Australia
Jai Wilson, Founder, Deaf Dogs Rescue Australia
“It was wonderful of you to highlight some wonderful deserving rescues. We were so grateful to be a part of the awards. I hope that you may run the awards annually as it really does make you look at your rescue and think what really sets us apart and makes us different.” 2018 entrant. More about Deaf Dogs Rescue Australia