Awards shine a light on pet shelters, rescues and ordinary people saving lives

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Photo: Jo Lyons Photography, the Rescue Awards official photographer.

The Companion Animal Rescue Awards is back—returning for its fourth year to celebrate and inspire rescue groups and animal shelters who have made an impact and continue their efforts in saving companion animals. 

The Rescue Awards is Australia’s first and only national awards program for hardworking rescues, shelters, foster carers and passionate pet adopters. The program is managed by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those thinking of getting a pet.

At a celebration with guests from Greyhound Rescue, the 2020 Outstanding Rescue Group winner, the Rescue Awards welcomed Pet Insurance Australia as the new Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner. The program is now called the ‘Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2021’. 

Every year, approximately 190,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters, and thousands of volunteers support over 1000 rescue groups and animal shelters across Australia. The Rescue Awards recognises the dedication of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to help rescue pets find homes.   

“Our past winners and finalists say the recognition by the Rescue Awards gives their staff and volunteers the motivation to ‘keep calm and carry on’ re-homing surrendered and abandoned pets every day in a challenging environment,” said Cathy Beer, pet adoption advocate and founder of the Rescue Awards and Pets4Life.

You can enter online until midnight 31 July 2021 AEST. 

To enter, visit and follow the links.


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