Kindness and compassion in pet rescue triumph in these tough times

The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2020 is proud to announce the FINALISTS of the 2020 Awards, which celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

“The Rescue Awards is the platform to showcase excellence and innovation in rescue, and it’s more important than ever to shine the light on the rescue industry and the innovations they have implemented to keep on going in these difficult times,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder, and rescue advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians.

In its third year, the Rescue Awards has attracted more than 1,000 entries across 10 categories, including many excellent industry submissions from around the country!

The Advocate® People’s Rescue Story category received more than 850 entries of pet adoption. The new Drontal® Foster Carer Story category attracted more than 120 inspiring submissions.

“Companion animals are more than cats and dogs. It’s great to see rabbits, rats and a horse among our amazing finalists this year,” said Cathy. “The judges were moved by remarkable stories of resilience and human-animal bond. The entries are an inspiration to rescue organisations to continue their efforts in saving and rehoming companion animals.”

This year, Jetpets is again the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner.  Jetpets General Manager Sandy Matheson said, “Jetpets is proud to support the Companion Animal Rescue Awards in its third year. In a year that has been challenging in so many different respects, it has been amazing to see how the fantastic and inspiring work rescue groups and volunteers continue to devote around Australia. Jetpets are grateful and congratulate all of the finalists in 2020.”


The Finalists were determined by a large panel of highly respected judges who have donated their time and expertise to assess the Rescue Awards entries and anonymous judging. Congratulations to our 2020 finalists by category (in no particular order):

Outstanding Rescue Group:
Perth Rescue Angels
Greyhound Rescue NSW
Forever Friends Animal Rescue
Hunter Animal Rescue
Maggies Rescue Co-operative

Outstanding New Rescue Group:
Liberty Foundation Australia
A Safe Place for Meow
Cat Lovers Ballarat

 Outstanding Animal Shelter:
Cat Haven WA
Central Coast Animal Care Facility
Rachie’s Ratirement Home
Sydney’s Animals For Everyone (SAFE)

Outstanding Council Animal Shelter:
Townsville City Council
Shoalhaven Animal Shelter

Innovation in Rescue:
Paws & Recover
Central Coast Animal Care Facility
Sunny Days Cat Cottage Stray Cat Rehab
Defence Community Dogs

Community Education and Outreach Program:
Second Chance Animal Rescue
West Cairns Management Program
Banyule’s Free Cat Desexing Program

Volunteer of the Year:
Krystelle Lloyd (Campaspe Animal Shelter)
Shelley Tinworth (Greyhound Rescue)
Cheryl Keneally (Safe Pets Safe Families)
Mel Tarei (SAFE Bunbury)
Peter Sharp (Sydney Dogs and Cats Home)
Leanne Simpson (Hunter Animal Rescue)
Margot Undercliff (Greyhound Rescue NSW)

Refuel Digital Technology Award (new):
Greyhound Rescue NSW
Cat Haven WA
The Rabbit Sanctuary

Advocate® People’s Rescue Story:
Read our 10 amazing finalists’ stories of pet adoption.

Drontal® Foster Carer Story (new):
Read our 5 amazing finalists’ stories of foster care

Plus a Special Foster Carer Award:
Mumma Zura a blue American Staffy who has fostered over 200 puppies!


 The winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony at 4 pm AEDT on 15 October 2020. Everyone is invited to watch our special ceremony! Join in the celebration and watch this special event live via the Rescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards.

Thank you to our Official Rescue Awards Ceremony Supporter, Nature’s Gift, and our wonderful Supporters for donating cash prizes and/or products and services for the winners.