The Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2022 finalists have been revealed in Australia’s first and only national awards program that celebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of companion animals.

In its fifth year, the Rescue Awards attracted a diverse number of entries from around the country across ten categories.

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

“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.”

Ali Osmani, CEO of Pet Insurance Australia, the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner of the awards, said Pet Insurance Australia is once again proud to support the Companion Animal Rescue Awards in its fifth year.

“It is inspiring to see how rescue groups, animal shelters, and thousands of volunteers continue to rescue pets and save lives across the country in these challenging times. Pet Insurance Australia congratulate the finalists in 2022.”

As in the past four years, the Volunteer of the Year category received the highest number of entry submissions, while the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Award for Councils category saw a significant increase in entries from local government councils.

Outstanding Rescue Group: Lamb Care Australia (VIC), Small Paws Animal Rescue (QLD), The Rabbit Sanctuary (NSW)

Outstanding New Rescue Group: Big Dollan’s Fur Rescue (VIC), Lake Road Veterinary Rescue (NSW), Strong Hearts Cat Rescue (VIC),

Outstanding Animal Shelter: Greyhound Rescue (NSW), Just Cats (TAS), SAFE Animal Rehoming (NSW)

Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Award for Councils: City of Cockburn (WA), Goulburn Mulwaree Animal Shelter (NSW), City of Palmerston (NT)

Innovation in Companion Animal Welfare and Management: Greyhound Rescue (NSW), The Rabbit Sanctuary (NSW)

Working with the Community to keep People and their Pets Together: Mildura Loves Pets (VIC), Second Chance Animal Rescue (VIC), The Rainbow Paws Program (ACT)

Volunteer of the Year: Kate Button (Greyhound Rescue NSW), Maxine Cooper (Greyhound Rescue NSW), Tara Doherty (Rachie’s Ratirement Home QLD), Amy Gasnier (Northern Rivers Animal Services NSW), Kyla Grimmond (Rachie’s Ratirement Home QLD)

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Winners will be revealed on 26 October 2022.

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