Rescue awards are back to inspire rescue when needed most

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Photo by Jo Lyons

The Companion Animal Rescue Awards returns for its third year to celebrate and inspire rescue groups and animal shelters to continue their efforts in saving companion animals, particularly during these challenging times. 

This year, Jetpets is again the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner.

The Rescue Awards is a national for purpose program managed by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those thinking of getting a pet. The mission of the Rescue Awards is to celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals in Australia. It is the platform to showcase excellence and innovation, thereby raising the standards of rescue groups and animals shelters nation-wide.

“The Rescue Awards is more important than ever to put the spotlight on the sector,” Rescue Awards founder and pet adoption advocate Cathy Beer said.  

“While rescue organisations are experiencing some of the highest ever adoption rates—the PetRescue website has seen more than 12,000 pets adopted in just six weeks—these organisations are also struggling from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic following the bushfires.”

In 2020, the Rescue Awards is building on the success of 2019 when over 1000 entries were received. Beer reveals exciting changes to this year’s program in her video message, including a new ambassador, judges, categories and supporters. She also thanks animal lovers across the country for helping to make a difference by adopting or fostering a pet. 

Entries open online from 1 May and close midnight 19 July 2020. 


  1. Thank you Vet Practice Magazine for spreading the word about the Rescue Awards. It’s been a tough year for rescues and shelters. Our panel of highly respected judges includes vets- Anne Fawcett, Alison Shen, Michael O’Donoghue and Anthony Bennett who donate their time and expertise.


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