Finalists announced in the 2021 companion animal rescue awards

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Photo: Jo Lyons Photography, the Rescue Awards official photographer

The Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards is delighted to announce the 2021 finalists—shining a light on rescue groups, animal shelters, and companion animal welfare organisations that continue to save thousands of animal lives during these challenging times.

The Rescue Awards is Australia’s first and only national awards program that celebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals.

“The Rescue Awards is the national platform to showcase achievements in rescue, sheltering, re-homing and companion animal welfare,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life. 

“The Finalists have demonstrated not only excellence but also their resilience and ability to innovate in these difficult times to rescue and re-home pets.”

In its fourth year, the Rescue Awards—a for-purpose program managed by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for pet owners—attracted many and diverse entries from around the country across 10 categories. Like the past three years, the Outstanding Rescue Group and Volunteer of the Year were the most competitive industry award categories. 

“Companion animals are more than cats and dogs. It’s great to see rabbits, rats, a chicken and a guinea pig among our amazing finalists in the People’s Rescue Story and Foster Carer Story award categories,” Beer said.

“The judges were moved by the hundreds of wonderful pet adoption and foster care stories that show the power and strength of the human-animal bond.”

This year, Pet Insurance Australia is the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner.  

The winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony in November 2021. Details will be announced on the website and social media in the coming weeks. 

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