The nation’s most outstanding pet shelters, rescue groups, and volunteers,have been recognised in this year’s Pet Insurance Australia Companion AnimalRescue Awards.

Across 10 categories, and selected by an expert panel of 21 judges, thewinners were revealed at a virtual ceremony broadcast nationally by RefuelCreative and supported by Nature’s Gift.

The winners across the categories were Forever Friends Animal Rescue who wasnamed Outstanding Rescue Group as well as having volunteer Lachlan Barnardnamed as Volunteer of the Year.

Other winners included Rachie’s Ratirement Home for Outstanding AnimalShelter, Ballarat Animal Shelter for Outstanding Council Animal Shelter, andCentral Queensland Animal Society for Outstanding New Rescue Group, amongothers.

Cathy Beer, Founder of the program, said the awards were very competitive,which made it very challenging for the judges.

“Our amazing winners demonstrated excellence and innovation in their approachto improving the lives of companion animals during these difficult times.”

Other categories included People’s Rescue Story and Foster Care Story whichreceived hundreds of entries from pet guardians who shared stories of petadoption and fostering.

The winner of the People’s Rescue Story was Mark Bent, who adopted a severelyunderweight dog named Bella, who has since made a remarkable recovery and nowprovides Mark, who is disabled, with the motivation to push forward in life.

The Foster Care Story award was won by Rosalinda who fostered a cat named Macywho had been injured after travelling more than 50km in a car engine.Rosalinda fostered Macy until he found his forever home through Pound RescueInc.

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