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Rescue Awards 2021 Finalists

The Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2021 Finalists have been announced and, as the Ambassador for these awards, I’d like to congratulate everyone who has made it through to the finals.

These awards are so important, as they shine the light on the hard and often thankless work that goes on behind the scenes when working in or with rescue groups, animal shelters, and companion animal welfare organisations.

It is the only national awards program that celebrates and recognises achievements and the tireless work of those helping to save thousands of animal lives during these challenging times we are currently experiencing.

The Rescue Awards 2021 Finalists have demonstrated not only excellence but also their resilience and ability to innovate in these difficult times to rescue and re-home pets, according to Cathy Beer, the Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life.

In its fourth year, the awards attracted many and diverse entries from around the country across 10 categories.  And, as companion animals are more than cats and dogs, there are plenty of pocket pets including rabbits, rats, a chicken and a guinea pig among the finalists in the People’s Rescue Story and Foster Carer Story award categories.

The Finalists were determined by a panel of highly respected judges who have donated their time and expertise to assess the Rescue Awards entries.

Pet Insurance Australia Rescue Awards 2021 Finalists

Outstanding Rescue Group: Forever Friends Animal Rescue, Hunter Animal Rescue, Maggies Rescue Co-operative, The Rabbit Sanctuary

Outstanding New Rescue Group: Central Queensland Animal Society Inc, I Want a Greyhound (IWaG)

Outstanding Animal Shelter: Central Coast Animal Care Facility, Greyhound Rescue, Just Cats, Rachie’s Ratirement Home

Outstanding Council Animal Shelter: Ballarat Animal Shelter

Innovation in Companion Animal Welfare and Management: Mobile Companion Animal Shelter for Emergency Evacuation, Pet Medical Crisis, The Rainbow Paws Program

Community Education and/or Outreach Program: AWL NSW Mobile Truck, RSPCA NSW Safe Families, SCAR Community Outreach Program, West Cairns Management Program

Volunteer of the Year: Alison Dower (Rachie’s Ratirement Home), Kaye Cromie (Lort Smith), Lachlan Barnard (Forever Friends Animal Rescue), Louise Stott (RSPCA VIC), Melissa Penn (Sydney Dogs and Cats Home), Paula Oberosler (Greyhound Rescue)

Refuel Creative Digital Marketing: Greyhound Rescue, Rachie’s Ratirement Home

People’s Rescue Story: Find out the 10 finalists here.

Foster Carer Story: Find out the 5 finalists here.

Plus a Special Foster Carer Award: Kaylee and Charmane (WA)

Rescue Awards 2021 Awards Ceremony

The winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 10th of November 2021 at 12pm EAST.  Join in the celebration and watch this special event via the Rescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards.

For updates on the Rescue Awards program, please visit www.rescueawards.com.au.

Photo Credit:  Jo Lyons Photography


About the Author: Lara Shannon is a certified dog behaviourist and trainer, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara runs her own dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area, is a sought after pet expert speaker and Author of Eat, Play, Love (Your Dog).

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