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Finalists of Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020

Kindness and compassion in pet rescue triumph in these tough times

The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards is proud to announce the finalists of the 2020 Awards, which celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

“The Rescue Awards is the platform to showcase excellence and innovation in rescue, and it’s more important than ever to shine the light on the rescue industry and the innovations they have implemented to keep on going in these difficult times,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians.

In its third year, the Rescue Awards have attracted more than 1,000 entries across 10 categories, including many excellent industry submissions from around the country!

The Advocate® People’s Rescue Story category received more than 850 entries of pet adoption. The new Drontal® Foster Carer Story category attracted more than 120 inspiring submissions.

“Companion animals are more than cats and dogs. It’s great to see rabbits, rats and a horse among our amazing finalists this year,” said Cathy. “The judges were moved by remarkable stories of resilience and human-animal bond. The entries are an inspiration to rescue organisations to continue their efforts in saving and rehoming companion animals.”

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

Jetpets General Manager Sandy Matheson said, “Jetpets is proud to support the Companion Animal Rescue Awards in its third year. In a year which has been challenging in so many different respects, it has been amazing to see how the fantastic and inspiring work rescue groups and volunteers continue to devote around Australia. Jetpets are grateful and congratulate all of the finalists in 2020.”

20 Judges, 10 Categories

The Finalists were determined by a large panel of highly respected judges who have donated their time and expertise to assess the Rescue Awards entries. For a list of the panel and biographies, please visit here.

2020 Finalists

1. Outstanding Rescue Group: Perth Rescue Angels (WA), Greyhound Rescue NSW, Forever Friends Animal Rescue (VIC), Hunter Animal Rescue (NSW), Maggies Rescue Co-operative (NSW)

2. Outstanding New Rescue Group: Liberty Foundation Australia (NSW), A Safe Place for Meow (NT), BARRC (WA), Cat Lovers Ballarat (VIC)

3. Outstanding Animal Shelter: Cat Haven WA, Central Coast Animal Care Facility (NSW), Rachie’s Ratirement Home (QLD), Sydney’s Animals For Everyone (SAFE) (NSW)

4. Outstanding Council Animal Shelter: Townsville City Council (QLD), Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (NSW)

5. Innovation in Rescue: Paws & Recover (NSW), Central Coast Animal Care Facility (NSW), Sunny Days Cat Cottage Stray Cat Rehab (VIC), Defence Community Dogs (VIC)

6. Community Education and Outreach Program: Second Chance Animal Rescue (VIC), West Cairns Management Program (QLD), Banyule’s Free Cat Desexing Program (VIC), RSPCA NSW HEART

7. Volunteer of the Year: Krystall Lloyd VIC (Campaspe Animal Shelter), Shelley Tinworth NSW (Greyhound Rescue), Cheryll Keneally SA (Safe Pets Safe Families), Mel Tarei WA (SAFE Bunbury), Peter Sharp NSW (Sydney Dogs and Cats Home), Leanne Simpson NSW (Hunter Animal Rescue), Margot Undercliff NSW (Greyhound Rescue NSW)

8. Refuel Digital Technology Award (new): Greyhound Rescue NSW, Cat Haven WA, The Rabbit Sanctuary NSW, Greys4PetsInc (QLD)

9. Advocate® People’s Rescue Story: Find out the 10 finalists here.

10. Drontal® Foster Carer Story (new): Find out the 5 finalists here.

Plus a Special Foster Carer Award: Mumma Zura, a blue American Staffy who has fostered over 200 puppies. To learn more, click here.

Winners Announcement

The winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony at 4pm AEDT on 15 October 2020. Join in the celebration and watch this special event live via the Rescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards.

Thank you to our Official Rescue Awards Ceremony Supporter, Nature’s Gift and wonderful Supporters for donating cash prizes and/or products and services for the winners.

For updates on the Rescue Awards program, please visit, sign up to the e-newsletter or follow the Rescue Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #jetpetsrescueawards2020

Photo Credit (all): Jo Lyons Photography

MEDIA RELEASE, 16th September 2020

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