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The Rescue Awards 2020 Finalists

Rescue Awards 2020

As the Ambassador for the The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020, I am very excited to announce this year’s Finalists.

The Rescue Awards celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide and showcases excellence and innovation in rescue.

With many shelters struggling both financially and operationally due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, it’s more important than ever to shine the light on the rescue industry and the innovations they have implemented to keep on going in these difficult times.

Over 1000 entries were received

In its third year, the Rescue Awards 2020 attracted more than 1,000 entries across 10 categories, including many excellent industry submissions from around the country thanks to the hard work of the founder Cathy Beer from Pets4Life.

Of course, companion animals are more than cats and dogs, so it is great to see rabbits, rats and even a horse among the amazing finalists this year.

The entries are an inspiration to rescue organisations to continue their efforts in saving and rehoming companion animals.

The Finalists were determined by a large panel of highly respected judges who have donated their time and expertise to assess the Rescue Awards entries so to find out who had the tough job of deciding the Finalists, click here.

As a passionate animal welfare and rescue advocate it is heartwarming to see so many wonderful organisations and people committed to helping our companion animals.

My own little rescue boy Darcy and foster pup Vindi are both enjoying having a second chance at finding a loving home after a rough start in life, so we know first hand how important this work is and hope you will join us in lending your support to this cause and these awards where you can.

Rescue Awards 2020 Finalists

Outstanding Rescue Group: Perth Rescue Angels (WA), Greyhound Rescue NSW, Forever Friends Animal Rescue (VIC), Hunter Animal Rescue (NSW), Maggies Rescue Co-operative (NSW)

Outstanding New Rescue Group:  Liberty Foundation Australia (NSW), A Safe Place for Meow (NT), BARRC (WA), Cat Lovers Ballarat (VIC)

Outstanding Animal Shelter: Cat Haven WA, Central Coast Animal Care Facility (NSW), Rachie’s Ratirement Home (QLD), Sydney’s Animals For Everyone (SAFE) (NSW)

Outstanding Council Animal Shelter: Townsville City Council (QLD), Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (NSW)

Innovation in Rescue: Paws & Recover (NSW), Central Coast Animal Care Facility (NSW), Sunny Days Cat Cottage Stray Cat Rehab (VIC), Defence Community Dogs (VIC)

Community Education and Outreach Program: Second Chance Animal Rescue (VIC), West Cairns Management Program (QLD), Banyule’s Free Cat Desexing Program (VIC), RSPCA NSW HEART

Volunteer of the Year: Krystall Lloyd VIC (Campaspe Animal Shelter), Shelley Tinworth NSW (Greyhound Rescue), Cheryll Keneally SA (Safe Pets Safe Families), Mel Tarei WA (SAFE Bunbury), Peter Sharp NSW (Sydney Dogs and Cats Home), Leanne Simpson NSW (Hunter Animal Rescue), Margot Undercliff NSW (Greyhound Rescue NSW)

Refuel Digital Technology Award (new): Greyhound Rescue NSW, Cat Haven WA, The Rabbit Sanctuary NSW, Greys4PetsInc (QLD)

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

Drontal® Foster Carer Story (new): Find out the 5 finalists here.

Plus a Special Foster Carer Award: Mumma Zura, a blue American Staffy who has fostered over 200 puppies. To find more, click here.

The virtual Rescue Awards 2020 ceremony

 The winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony at 4pm AEDT on 15 October 2020.  Join in the celebration and watch this special event live via the Rescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards.

For updates on the Rescue Awards program, visit their website here.


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.

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