Companion animal rescue award winners announced

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Rescue Awards Founder Cathy Beer & rescue pet Twinkle. Photo: Jo Lyons Photography

In another year that has been very challenging for rescue groups and animal shelters across the country, the Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards has announced the winners for 2021. 

The Rescue Awards is a national program that celebrates and recognises achievements in rescue, sheltering, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide. The program was founded by Cathy Beer, professional dog trainer and pet adoption advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians.

“The Rescue Awards has been very competitive with outstanding entries across 10 categories, which made it very challenging for the judges,” Beer said. 

“Our amazing winners demonstrated excellence and innovation in their approach to improving the lives of companion animals during these difficult times.” 

Following the announcement of the finalists in September, one winner from each category was selected by an expert panel of 21 judges. 

Pet Insurance Australia was the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner. 

The People’s Rescue Story and Foster Carer Story award categories received hundreds of entries from Aussie pet guardians who shared their incredible, heartwarming stories about pet adoption and fostering. This year the entries included a rescue chicken, rabbits, a guinea pig, a snake as well as many cats and dogs who have found their forever homes. 

Beer thanked supporters for making the Rescue Awards possible by donating exciting prizes, and acknowledged the great efforts of rescue groups, animal shelters, companion animal welfare organisations and thousands of volunteers across the country, especially during extraordinary and unprecedented pandemic times.

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