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Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2022 Finalists Revealed And They’re Pawsome!

The Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards is delighted to announce the 2022 FINALISTS, shining the light on rescue groups, animal shelters, and companion animal welfare organisations who continue to save thousands of animal lives during these challenging times of high surrender of ‘pandemic pets’.

The Rescue Awards is Australia’s first and only national awards program that celebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals. It is a for-purpose program managed by Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and provider of professional force-free dog training services.

“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,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards founder and rescue advocate from Pets4Life.

In its fifth year, the Rescue Awards attracted many and diverse entries from around the country across 10 categories. Like the past four years, the Volunteer of the Year category received the greatest number of entry submissions.

The surprise this year is the significant increase in entries from local government councils for the award category, Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Award for Councils.

“Companion animals are more than cats and dogs. It’s great to see rabbits, rats, and a pony among our amazing finalists across the country in the Ivory Coat People’s Rescue Story and Ivory Coat Foster Carer Story award categories,” said Cathy. “The judges were moved by the hundreds of wonderful pet adoption stories and foster carer stories that show the power and strength of the human-animal bond.”

Photo: Jo Lyons Photography

This year, Pet Insurance Australia is once again the Platinum Rescue Hero and Naming Partner.

Pet Insurance Australia’s CEO Ali Osmani 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 congratulates the finalists in 2022.”


The Finalists were determined by a panel of highly respected Judges. The Finalists are listed below:

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)

Refuel Creative Digital Marketing: Rachie’s Ratirement Home (QLD)

Ivory Coat People’s Rescue Story: Find out the 10 finalists here.

Ivory Coat Foster Carer Story: Find out the 5 finalists here.

Plus a Special Foster Carer Award: Roxy and Others and Suzanne, read their story here.

WINNERS REVEALED 26 October 2022

Thanks to Refuel Creative, the winners will be revealed at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 26 October at 4pm AEDT. Join in the celebration and watch this special live streaming event via the Rescue Awards Facebook page at @rescueawards

Thank you to our wonderful Supporters for donating cash prizes and/or products and services for the winners. See the list of fabulous prizes. More information at

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