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Forever Friends wins two awards in 2021 Companion Animal Rescue Awards

Forever Friends Animal Rescue (FFAR) has taken out two awards in the 2021 nationwide Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards: Outstanding Rescue Group and Volunteer of the Year for 29-year-old Lachlan Barnard.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive these awards and incredibly proud of Lachlan,” said Saskia Adams, FFAR’s President and Co-founder. 

Lachlan Barnard, Winner of
2021 Volunteer of the Year Award 
“This is for each and every one of our 1,000 volunteers, who go above and beyond to save the lives of the most vulnerable animals in our community: the neglected, abused and abandoned. FFAR would not be what it is today without our volunteers.

“Lachlan gave up a well-paid construction job in 2020 to volunteer full-time at our Sanctuary for well over a year now, overseeing and building our life-saving Rehabilitation Kennels and Cattery. 
We don't know how we will ever thank Lachlan enough, and wish there were more blokes out there like him,” Saskia said.

FFAR would not exist if it wasn’t for its amazing volunteers, who give up their time and energy to save animals in need - the homeless, the neglected, and the abused - so it's wonderful to have their work recognised.

The Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards category for Outstanding Rescue Group recognises the vital role rescue organisations such as FFAR play in rehoming thousands of homeless animals annually in Australia. The Volunteer of the Year Award is for those volunteers that go above and beyond for their organisation.

FFAR is unique, as it is an all-species rescue organisation. From dogs and cats to pocket pets and unwanted farm animals, FFAR has rescued and rehomed over 10,000 animals since 2011.

“FFAR receives no government funding and is staffed entirely by volunteers,” Saskia said. “We are currently undertaking our most ambitious project yet: building an Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary on 100 acres in the Yarra Valley to provide emergency accommodation for dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and farm animals in need.

“The Sanctuary will also focus on the medical and behavioural rehabilitation of the most neglected of animals. Currently, FFAR has hundreds of foster carers who open their homes to animals in need, but there is never enough space.

“The Sanctuary will act as a port in the storm for animals who have experienced severe abuse and neglect and require a little longer to heal. We urgently need to raise another $50,000 in order to complete the project, and be able to save a great many more lives,” Saskia said.

To donate to FFAR’s Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary, please visit

If you’re interested in what FFAR does to save lives, watch this emotional video here.

For more information about the Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards, visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 10th November 2021

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