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Safe Pets Safe Families Inc WINNER Innovation in Rescue 2018

Jennifer Howard Founder/CEO Safe Pets Safe Families Volunteer of the year Finalist 2018

Safe Pets Safe Families would like to say Congrats to all the Winners and Finalist and a massive thank you to Cathy Beer – Founder of Pets4Life for founding the Companion Animal Rescue Awards and JetPets for being the partnering sponsor and thank you to Bayer, Purina, Ruff Diamonds and Refuel for their sponsorship and thank you to the judges and everyone else involved, we are honoured to Win this award.



517 entries received in inaugural companion animal rescue awards

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: 15 October 2018

Companion Animal Rescue Awards Founder, Cathy Beer from Pets4life is thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Companion Animal Rescue Awards which celebrate and recognise inspiring examples of dedication to the rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

Winners were revealed at a live broadcast event on Friday, 12 October 2018 in Melbourne at the national headquarters of Jetpets, Awards Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner.

Jetpets Founder and Managing Director, Sandy Matheson said Jetpets is proud to be the Platinum Partner of this year’s inaugural Companion Animal Rescue Awards.

“As a long-standing pet industry participant and now reconfirmed in my time as an awards judge, I have a true appreciation of the amazing work done by so many individuals and rescue groups across the country. On behalf of the Jetpets team, I would like to commend all the very worthy nominations and particularly congratulate the winners,” he said.

Australia has over 900 rescue groups and animal shelters supported by thousands of volunteers¹. Following the announcement of the finalists on 9 October 2018, one winner from each of the seven categories was selected by a panel of nine judges.

“The bar was set very high and we received many outstanding submissions from rescue groups and animal shelters across the nation,” said Cathy. “In a field of 200 registrations, a total of 89 rehoming organisations completed a submission for categories 1 to 6. The winners demonstrated their ability to not only provide excellent animal welfare outcomes but also ensure the sustainability of their organisation.”

For category 7, the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story received 428 entries from Aussie pet guardians who shared their stories about pet adoption and fostering.

Dan White, Brand Manager of Advocate® at Bayer Advantage Petcare said it was very difficult to choose the top 10 finalists, let alone a winner!

“The judging, although a lengthy process, has also been a thoroughly rewarding and uplifting one,” he said. “All of the stories – although different in a number of ways – have one thing in common: they truly inspire and demonstrate the difference a re-homed pet can make to an individual or people’s lives. We’ve been absolutely privileged to have been involved.”

Cathy thanked Partners and Supporters for making the Rescue Awards possible, and acknowledged the great efforts of rescue groups, animal shelters and volunteers.

“These awards celebrate their hard work and success in giving companion animals a second chance in a loving home! A huge thank you to our Supporters!” she said.


Category 1: Outstanding Rescue Group – Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE Inc)
Category 2: Outstanding Animal Shelter – RSPCA Queensland
Category 3: Outstanding Council Animal Shelter – Shire of Campaspe Animal Shelter
Category 4: Innovation in Rescue – Safe Pets Safe Families – Keeping people & pets together
Category 5: Community Education and Outreach Program – The Good Neighbour Project (Cat Protection Society NSW Inc)
Category 6: Volunteer of the Year – Frances O’Connell (Animal Welfare League SA)
Category 7: Advocate® People’s Rescue Story – Jason Vallas and his faithful dog, Diesel (adopted from Forever Friends Animal Rescue)
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Cathy Beer, Pets4Life
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Caroline Zambrano, Pet Journo
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Please visit the Awards Media Gallery for hi-res photos for the awards program
Photo credit to the Awards official photographer, Jo Lyons Photography. For interviews with and photos of the winners, please contact Caroline Zambrano, Pet Journalist.

Attached photo caption: At the Awards Winners’ Announcement, Rescue dog ‘Sahara’, Sandy Matheson from Jetpets and Rescue Awards Founder Cathy Beer

About Pets4life

Pets4Life is an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Our goal is to help reduce cat and dog surrender and improve pet well-being in Australia. Our mission is to help families make better choices and become even better pet guardians. Cathy Beer is the Founder of Pets4Life. After over 20 years in the corporate world as a professional marketer, Cathy pursued her passion for pet welfare and created Pets4Life in 2013 after interviewing leaders in the companion animal welfare space. Cathy is a final year student at the Delta Institute of Australia to attain a Cert IV Companion Animal Services and an accredited Delta dog trainer. Cathy is a voluntary member of Willoughby Council’s Companion Animals Committee. Visit

About Jetpets

As Australia’s leading pet travel company, Jetpets safely and comfortably transports thousands of pets around the country and the globe every year. We love nothing more than reuniting and bringing families together. We do so with an experienced team of pet travel experts, comprising of Pet Travel Consultants, Pet Handlers and Resident Vets. We provide a complete pet travel service, taking care of everything involved in transporting a pet from their home to their final destination. For helpful information on pet travel related topics visit, or contact a Pet Travel Expert on 1300 668 309.

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