Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Companion Animal Rescue Awards which celebrate and recognise inspiring examples of dedication to the rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.
The winners were recently announced by Companion Animal Rescue Awards founder Cathy Beer from Pets4Life at a live broadcast event at the national Melbourne headquarters of Jetpets, Awards Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner.
Australia has over 900 rescue groups and animal shelters supported by thousands of volunteers. Following the announcement of the finalists, one winner from each of the seven categories was selected by a panel of nine judges.
“The bar was set very high and we received many outstanding submissions from rescue groups and animal shelters across the nation,” Beer said.
“In a field of 200 registrations, a total of 89 rehoming organisation completed a submission for categories 1 to 6. The winners demonstrated their ability to not only provide excellent animal welfare outcomes but also ensure the sustainability of their organisation.”
For category 7, the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story received 428 entries from Aussie pet guardians who shared their stories about pet adoption and fostering.
Dan White, brand manager of Advocate® at Bayer said it was very difficult to choose the top 10 finalists, let alone a winner.
“The judging, although a lengthy process, has also been a thoroughly rewarding and uplifting one,” he said.
“All of the stories—although different in a number of ways—have one thing in common: they truly inspire and demonstrate the difference a re-homed pet can make to an individual or peoples’ lives. We’ve been absolutely privileged to have been involved.”