Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2022 finalists announced

companion animal rescue awards 2022
Photo: Jo Lyons Photography

The Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards has announced the 2022 FINALISTS, shining the light on rescue groups, animal shelters, and companion animal welfare organisations who continue to save thousands of animal lives during these challenging times when so many ‘pandemic pets’ are being surrendered. 

The Rescue Awards is Australia’s first and only national awards program that celebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals. It is a for-purpose program managed by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and provider of professional force-free dog training services.

“The Rescue Awards is the national platform to showcase achievements in rescue, sheltering, re-homing and companion animal welfare,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life.  

“The finalists have demonstrated their tireless effort to not only rehome pets but also work with their community to keep people and their pets together.” 

In its fifth year, the Rescue Awards attracted many and diverse entries from around the country across 10 categories. Like the past four years, the Volunteer of the Year category received the greatest number of entry submissions. 

The surprise this year is the significant increase in entries from local government councils for the award category, Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Award for Councils.  

“Companion animals are more than cats and dogs,” Beer said. 

“It’s great to see rabbits, rats, and a pony among our amazing finalists across the country in the Ivory Coat People’s Rescue Story and Ivory Coat Foster Carer Story award categories.

“The judges were moved by the hundreds of wonderful pet adoption stories and foster carer stories that show the power and strength of the human-animal bond.”

This year, Pet Insurance Australia is once again the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner. 

Thanks to Refuel Creative, the winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 26 October at 4pm AEDT. 

You can join in the celebration and watch this special live streaming event via the Rescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards 


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