Friday, April 12, 2019

Do you rescue, rehabilitate and rehome companion animals in Australia?

One of the kittens at the launch of the 2019 Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards at the Cat Protection Society.

Do you rescue, rehabilitate and rehome companion animals in Australia? If the answer is yes, you can enter the 2019 Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.

I was a judge on the panel in 2018, and have joined the 2019 judging panel again as this was an amazing experience. Last year there were 517 entries, and reviewing a selection of these gave me great hope for the companion animal population served by these dedicated groups.

Rescue Awards founder, and rescue advocate from Pets4Life Cathy Beer, established the awards to celebrate and recognise achievements in companion animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming, and to encourage innovation in this space.

“Every year, 186,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters, and thousands of volunteers support over 900 rescue and animal shelters across Australia¹,” she said.

“In 2019, we’re building on the success of last year. The Rescue Awards has not only unveiled the extraordinary work of an amazing rescue community, but also inspired the industry to improve processes, collaboration and innovation to help companion animals get a second chance in a loving home.”

1. Outstanding Rescue Group
2. Outstanding New Rescue Group
3. Outstanding Animal Shelter
4. Outstanding Council Animal Shelter
5. Innovation in Rescue
6. Community Education and Outreach Program
7. Volunteer of the Year
8. Advocate® People’s Rescue Story

The judges are:
1. Nell Thompson, Coordinator for Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) and Secretary of the Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM).
2. Tim Vasudeva, Director of Corporate Affairs at Animals Australia.
3. Vickie Davy, Co-Founder & joint CEO of PetRescue, not for profit organisation that brings thousands of rescue pets face-to-face with thousands of potential adopters every day.
4. Dr Anthony Bennett, Veterinarian & Co-star of Lifestyle Channel’s TV series Village Vets.
5. Sandy Matheson, Founder & Managing Director of Jetpets, a pet travel company focused on the safety, comfort and welfare of pets.
6. Dr Anne Fawcett, animal welfare veterinarian.
7. Dr Michael O’Donoghue, Small animal veterinarian and Co-Founder of ‘People and Pets’, a nationwide grief and pet loss counselling service.
8. Dr Alex Hynes, Emergency Veterinarian and co-star in the new series of Bondi Vet TV show.
9. Anne Boxhall, Companion animal welfare advocate with 28 years’ experience in sheltering and rescue
10. Dr Liisa Ahlström, Veterinarian, Companion Animal Products, Bayer Animal Health (category 8 Judge)
11. Dan White, Senior Brand Manager, Bayer Animal Health (category 8 Judge)
12. Cathy Beer, Founder of Pets4Life (category 8 Judge)

Photoshoots with kittens...definitely a task for the brave (spot the second kitten...)

Enter online from 1 May to close midnight on 30 June. To enter, visit and follow the links.

The winners will be celebrated at the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards ceremony on 12 September 2019 during the G2Z Summit on the Gold Coast, Queensland. More information to come on the Rescue Awards website.