Entries open for the Companion Animal Rescue Awards

I am proud to once again be the Ambassador for the Companion Animal Rescue Awards awards, which are returning for a 5th year to inspire rescue groups and animal shelters that continue their efforts in saving lives. Entries are now open and close July 31 2022.

The Rescue Awards aim to recognise, celebrate and reward anyone working or volunteering in animal rescue, as well as foster carers and those of us that have adopted a pet. It is the only national platform to showcase excellence and innovation in pet rescue, helping to raise the standards of rescue groups and animals shelters nation-wide.

Having always adopted my own pets, I know first hand how rewarding it is to know that you have been able to provide a pet, that may not have had the best start in life, a loving forever home.

Every year, approximately 190,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters, and thousands of volunteers support over 1,000 rescue groups and animal shelters across Australia¹. The Companion Animal Rescue Awards recognise the dedication of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to help rescue pets find homes.

Rescue Awards Categories

The Rescue Awards 2022 has 10 Categories with one winner for each category. Eight of the awards are for industry, while the ‘People’s Rescue Story’ is for anyone that has adopted a pet and the ‘Foster Carer Story’ for foster carers of companion animals waiting for their forever home.

  1. Outstanding Rescue Group
  2. Outstanding New Rescue Group
  3. Outstanding Animal Shelter
  4. Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Award for Councils
  5. Innovation in Companion Animal Welfare and Management
  6. Working with the Community to keep People and their Pets Together
  7. Volunteer of the Year
  8. Refuel Creative Digital Marketing
  9. Ivory Coat People’s Rescue Story
  10. Ivory Coat Foster Carer Story

Entries close midnight on 31 July 2022 AEST so to learn more and get started on your entry for 2022 awards ENTER NOW

The Rescue Awards program is managed by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and provider of force-free, positive dog training services.

For those of you who have adopted a dog and are struggling with some common dog behaviour issues, make sure you check out some of the articles to help you navigate your way around this on our website.  Topics include identifying and treating anxiety, reactivity, fear-based aggression and much more in our behaviour and training section.


About the Author: Lara Shannon is a certified dog behaviourist and trainer, pet food nutrition specialist, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara also runs her own dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area and is the Author of World of Dogs and Eat, Play, Love Your Dog


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