Being an advocate for pet rescue and adoption is my passion, so when I was asked to come on board as the Ambassador for the Rescue Awards 2020, it was a no-brainer!
The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020 marks the third year of these awards, which help to celebrate and inspire rescue groups and animal shelters to continue their efforts in saving companion animals, particularly during these challenging times.
These Awards, founded by Cathy Beer from Pets4Life, promote excellence and innovation with the mission of raising the standards of rescue groups and animals shelters nation-wide, while also recognising the work that so many of these organisations tirelessly do year round to help protect and find new homes for those companion animals that have often been let down by humans in the past.
In recent times we have seen many rescue organisations experiencing some of the highest ever adoption rates ever and the PetRescue website has seen more than 12,000 pets adopted in just six weeks, but there is still a long way to go to ensuring the work of rescue groups can continue and that they are able to handle what I predict may be a rise in pet surrenders once again as people head back to work post COVID-19.
By shining a spotlight on the hard work being undertaken by everyone working or volunteering in this space, I hope that through these awards we will increase awareness about the need to be vigilant about pet ownership, rescue and the need for these organisations to be supported. Particularly, as many pet rescue groups and shelters are are not only struggling from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a lack of funds due to the bushfire fundraising efforts earlier in the year. It is not time to rest on our laurels.
A statistic that breaks my heart every time I hear it (and is one I intend to help reduce!) is that every year, approximately 190,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters. However, on the positive, thousands of volunteers support over 1,000 rescue groups and animal shelters across Australia¹.
This is why it is so important to get behind and help spread the word about the Rescue Awards 2020 to recognise the dedication of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to help rescue pets find homes and encourage groups and individuals to enter so that they get the recognition they deserve and feel motivated to continue such hard work.
In 2019 over 1,000 entries were received and I would love to see this number doubled, so please help me spread the word by sharing this blog and encouraging anyone you know who works or volunteers in this space to enter.
The Rescue Awards 2020 has 10 Categories with one winner for each Category. Award categories 1 – 8 are for the industry, while there are two categories for those of you who have who have adopted a pet or for foster carers of companion animals waiting for their forever home.
Entries are now open and close midnight on 19 July 2020.
Leave yourself plenty of time to enter though. Trust me, there is nothing worse than leaving your entry to the last minute then kicking yourself later for not making it as good as you deserve.
To enter the Rescue Awards 2020 visit www.rescueawards.com.au and follow the links.
About the Author: Lara Shannon is a NDTF certified dog behaviourist and trainer, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara also runs her own dog training and boarding business in Melbourne’s Bayside area and is the Author of Eat, Play, Love Your Dog.