Showcasing achievements and the human-animal bond in pandemic times

The Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards is delighted toannounce the 2021 FINALISTS, shining the light on rescue groups, animalshelters, and companion animal welfare organisations who continue to savethousands of animal lives during these challenging times of the Covid-19 era.

The Rescue Awards is Australia’s first and only national awards program thatcelebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation andrehoming of companion animals. The Rescue Awards is a for-purpose programmanaged by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dogguardians and those thinking of getting a pet.

“The Rescue Awards is the national platform to showcase achievements inrescue, sheltering, re-homing and companion animal welfare. The Finalists havedemonstrated not only excellence but also their resilience and ability toinnovate in these difficult times to rescue and re-home pets,” said CathyBeer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life.

In its fourth year, the Rescue Awards attracted many and diverse entries fromaround the country across 10 categories. Like the past three years, theOutstanding Rescue Group and Volunteer of the Year are the most competitiveindustry award categories.

“Companion animals are more than cats and dogs. It’s great to see rabbits,rats, a chicken and a guinea pig among our amazing finalists in the People’sRescue Story and Foster Carer Story award categories,” said Cathy. “The judgeswere moved by the hundreds of wonderful pet adoption and foster care storiesthat show the power and strength of the human-animal bond.”

This year, Pet Insurance Australia is the Platinum Rescue Hero and NamingPartner.

Pet Insurance Australia’s CEO Ali Osmani said, “Pet Insurance Australia isproud to support the Companion Animal Rescue Awards in its fourth year. In ayear that has been very challenging, it has been inspiring to see how rescuegroups, animal shelters and thousands of volunteers around Australia continueto rescue pets and save lives. Pet Insurance Australia congratulate thefinalists in 2021.”

**21 Judges, 10 Categories

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


Outstanding Rescue Group : Forever Friends Animal Rescue, HunterAnimal Rescue, Maggies Rescue Co-operative, The Rabbit Sanctuary

Outstanding New Rescue Group : Central Queensland Animal Society Inc, IWant a Greyhound (IWaG)

Outstanding Animal Shelter : Central Coast Animal Care Facility, GreyhoundRescue, Just Cats, Rachie’s Ratirement Home

Outstanding Council Animal Shelter : Ballarat Animal Shelter

Innovation in Companion Animal Welfare and Management : Mobile CompanionAnimal Shelter for Emergency Evacuation, Pet Medical Crisis, The Rainbow PawsProgram

Community Education and/or Outreach Program : AWL NSW Mobile Truck, RSPCANSW Safe Families, SCAR Community Outreach Program, West Cairns ManagementProgram

Volunteer of the Year : Alison Dower (Rachie’s Ratirement Home), KayeCromie (Lort Smith), Lachlan Barnard (Forever Friends Animal Rescue), LouiseStott (RSPCA VIC), Melissa Penn (Sydney Dogs and Cats Home), Paula Oberosler(Greyhound Rescue)

Refuel Creative Digital Marketing: Greyhound Rescue, Rachie’s RatirementHome

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

Foster Carer Story : Find out the 5 finalists here.

Plus a Special Foster Carer Award : Kaylee and Charmane (WA)


**** The winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony inNovember 2021. Details will be announced on the website and social media inthe coming weeks. Join in the celebration and watch this special event via theRescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards.

Thank you to our wonderful Supporters for donating cash prizes and/or productsand services for the winners. See the list of fabulous prizes.

For updates on the Rescue Awards program, please, sign up for the e-newsletter or follow the RescueAwards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #PIARescueAwards2021

Image: Jo Lyons Photography

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