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National Awards Program Promotes Animal Rescue

Pets4Life is pleased to introduce the inaugural companion animal rescue awards to recognise and celebrate the most inspiring examples of rehabilitation and re-homing of companion animals Australia wide. 

Australia has one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world with 24 million companion animals in homes¹. Yet, many thousands of animals end up in animal shelters, relying on re-homing organisations to help find them forever homes. Sadly, about 230,000 dogs and cats remain unclaimed in Australian pounds and shelters each year².

“Every animal deserves a good life, not a life of existence. That’s where rescue groups come in; giving pets a second chance,” said Cathy Beer, pet rescue advocate and founder of Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those thinking of getting a pet.

Australia has more than 900 rescue or re-homing organisations supported by thousands of volunteers.

“Thanks to the great work done by rescue groups and animal shelters, the rate of companion animals being adopted or fostered by Australians has increased over the years,” said Cathy. 

“These awards celebrate their hard work and success in giving companion animals a second chance in a loving home! We thank our sponsors for their support!” 

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

Jetpets Managing Director Sandy Matheson said: “Our team at Jetpets are passionate about animals finding loving homes, and understand just how much they enrich our lives. We are thrilled to be the Platinum sponsor of this year’s inaugural Rescue Awards to support and recognise the great work being done by shelters across the country, and to celebrate our mutual love of animals.”

The official launch of the inaugural Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018 will be held on June 14th at a special event in Sydney. At the launch, the awards categories and seven well-respected animal welfare/pet/vet industry expert judges – including a celebrity vet – will be revealed!

For updates on the awards program please visit 

Lead Photo credit: Jenny Bridge; Second Photo credit: Jo Lyons Photography, the Awards official photographer.

¹ Animal Medicines Australia, Pet Ownership in Australia 2016 Report.

About Pets4Life
Pets4Life is an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Our goal is to help reduce cat and dog surrender and improve pet well-being in Australia. Our mission is to help families make better choices and become even better pet guardians. Cathy Beer is the Founder of Pets4Life. After over 20 years in the corporate world as a professional marketer, Cathy pursued her passion for pet welfare and created Pets4Life in 2013 after interviewing leaders in the companion animal welfare space. Cathy is a final year student at the Delta Institute of Australia to attain a Cert IV Companion Animal Services and an accredited Delta dog trainer. Cathy is a voluntary member of Willoughby Council’s Companion Animals Committee. Visit

About Jetpets
As Australia’s leading pet travel company, Jetpets safely and comfortably transports thousands of pets around the country and the globe every year. We love nothing more than reuniting and bringing families together. We do so with an experienced team of pet travel experts, comprising of Pet Travel Consultants, Pet Handlers and Resident Vets. We provide a complete pet travel service, taking care of everything involved in transporting a pet from their home to their final destination. For helpful information on pet travel related topics visit, or contact a Pet Travel Expert on 1300 668 309.

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