Australia’s first Companion Animal Rescue Awards will take place soon and the categories of competition and those judging have been revealed…

Companion Animal Rescue Awards Launch

Animal lovers from rescue groups, animal shelters, pet businesses, veterinary industry and the media gathered at the Coal Loader Sustainability Centre in Waverton where the awards categories and judges were revealed. The event was hosted by awards founder and pet rescue advocate Cathy Beer of Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those thinking of getting a pet.

Australia has over 900 rescue and animal shelters supported by thousands of volunteers. “I’m excited to launch the Jetpets Rescue Awards 2018 today,” said Cathy. “Companion animal rescue and sheltering have come a long way and it’s time to celebrate their achievements!”

In 2018, Jetpets is the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner. Jetpets Managing Director Sandy Matheson said the Jetpets team are passionate about rescue animals finding loving homes and understand just how much companion animals enrich people’s lives.

“Jetpets are thrilled to be the Platinum sponsor of this year’s inaugural Rescue Awards to support and recognise the great work being done by shelters across the country, and to celebrate our mutual love of animals,” said Sandy.

Companion Animal Rescue Awards Categories

There will be seven award categories, with one winner for each category. Award categories 1 – 6 are for rehoming organisations. Award category 7 is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a pet.

  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
  7. Advocate® People’s Rescue Story
Australian Companion Animal Rescue Award Categories and Judges
Ambassador, Founder and Judges of Australian Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018

Companion Animal Rescue Awards Judges

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


Pets4Life welcomed me, animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti of Pet Problems Solved, as the Awards Ambassador.

Companion animal rescue supporters were also treated to a K9 Nose Work® demonstration by celebrity animal trainer Peta Clarke and her sniffer-loving canine. Peta also brought her new trainee, Todd River, yes… a cat!

How to Enter Companion Animal Rescue Awards

Entries open 12pm on July 1 and close midnight on August 31. To enter, visit and follow the links.

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

More about the Companion Animal Rescue Awards


  1. Cathy Beer, Pets4Life
    0419 296 656
  1. Caroline Zambrano, Pet Journo
    0403 550 730

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