The inaugural JetPets Companion Animal Rescue Awards were announced earlier this month with winners in seven categories from 517 entries. The winners demonstrated their ability to provide excellent animal welfare outcomes and ensure the sustainability of their organisations.

Companion Animal Rescue AwardsThe awards were founded by Cathy Beer from Pets4Life to celebrate and recognise inspiring examples of dedication to the rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

Winners were selected by seven judges who have worked extensively in the animal welfare sector including Director of Corporate Affairs at Animals Australia, Tim Vasudeva.

“The winners demonstrated their ability to not only provide excellent animal welfare outcomes but also ensure the sustainability of their organisation,” said Cathy.

The winners are:

Outstanding Rescue Group: Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE)

Outstanding Animal Shelter:  RSPCA QLD

Outstanding Council Animal Shelter:  Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter

Innovation in Rescue: Safe Pets Safe Families

Community Education and Outreach Program:  The Good Neighbour Project (Cat Protection Society NSW)

Volunteer of the Year:  Frances O’Connell (Animal Welfare League South Australia)

Advocate® People’s Rescue Story:  Jason Vallas and his faithful dog, Diesel (adopted from Forever Friends Animal Rescue)

Of the award for Innovation in Rescue, Safe Pets Safe Families Founder and CEO, Jennifer Howard, said: “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.”

For more information on the 2019 Awards, visit www.rescueawards.com.au.

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