Circular logoEntries are now open for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018. Australia has over 900 rescue and animal shelters supported by thousands of volunteers.

“Companion animal rescue and sheltering has come a long way and it's time to celebrate their achievements!” said Cathy Beer of Pets4Life, Founder of the Companion Animal Rescue Awards. 


There are SIX award categories for Rehoming organisations.

1. Outstanding Rescue Group
2. Outstanding Animal Shelter
3. Outstanding Council Animal Shelter
4. Innovation in Rescue
5. Community Education and Outreach Program
6. Volunteer of the Year

AND a special award for pet guardians


‘Advocate® People’s Rescue Story’ is a category for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a pet. Share your pet adoption story to WIN fabulous prizes for yourself and your favourite rehoming organisation.


Entries close at midnight on 31st August 2018.

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The judges for award categories 1 – 6 are:

1. Nell Thompson, Coordinator for Getting To Zero (G2Z) and committee member of the Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM).
2. Tim Vasudeva, Director of Corporate Affairs at Animals Australia.
3. Vickie Davy, Co-Founder & joint CEO of PetRescue, not for profit organisation that brings thousands of rescue pets face-to-face with thousands of potential adopters every day.
4. Dr Anthony Bennett, Veterinarian & Co-star of Lifestyle Channel’s TV series Village Vets.
5. Sandy Matheson, Founder & Managing Director of Jetpets, a pet travel company focused on the safety, comfort and welfare of pets.
6. Dr Anne Fawcett, Animal Welfare Veterinarian. Dr Anne’s blog is
7. Dr Michael O’Donoghue, Small animal veterinarian and Co-Founder of ‘People and Pets’, a nationwide grief and pet loss counselling service.

The judges for Category 7 Award ‘Advocate® People’s Rescue Story’ are representatives from Bayer and Pets4Life. Full bios and photos of the judges can be found at

Proudly Sponsored by Jetpets, Bayer, Pets 4 Life, Purina, Refuel, Ruff Diamonds, Pet Problems Solved, Dogue, Rose-Hip Vital Canine, Australian Institute of Animal Management, Getting 2 Zero, Jo Lyons Photography, Greencross Vets, Pet Rescue, Pound Paws, PIA Pet Insurance Australia, Where Pets are and Love 'em.

For updates on the awards program, please visit or follow the Rescue Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #jetpetsrescueawards2018