What the entrants said...

Jennifer Hunt, Pet Medical Crisis

Thank you so much for the wonderful celebration pack [for finalists]!  What a delightful gift and we are very grateful.  Please thank your team for all the dedication and hard work they have put into the Rescue Awards for 2021.  It really helps to know what we are doing is appreciated, and we are grateful for all your and their hard work. Finalist 2021. More about Pet Medical Crisis

Dandy Cat Rescue

“Being named the most Outstanding New Rescue in the country in the Rescue Awards 2019 has been such an incredible honour for us. It is something we will treasure forever.  This award has meant so much to our rescue and all the foster carers who work so hard saving the lives of our cats and kittens, as well as our amazing vets, volunteers, incredible supporters and donors, social media followers, and those who just cheer us on when we need it most.  We could not have done this without you all!” More about Dandy Cat Rescue.

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 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 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.”  More about Cat Protection Society NSW

Kate Kemp, Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter Operations Manager

“Taking the time to do a submission for the 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 to 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.”  More about the Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter

Roz Robinson, Cat Haven WA

I just wanted to let you know how delighted we all are to be in the finals of not one, but two categories in 2020. To have got this far makes all the hard work seem even more worth it – even cleaning litter trays in an un-air-conditioned area on a 41 c summer’s day in Perth!  But every one of those thousand or so entries is a worthy cause- anyone working in animal welfare is doing an amazing job.  We really appreciate the sponsor contribution and the fact you (Cathy Beer) have established these awards to recognise the industry.  Thank you from all of us.  More about Cat Haven WA. 

Jennifer Howard, Safe Pets Safe Families

“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 

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.

Jai Wilson, 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

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