Top 10 Dog-Friendly Holiday Accommodation Ideas

With summer just round the corner, it’s time to plan a trip with your pooch 🐶✈️🌴🌊

The holiday season is fast approaching and there’s no better time or way to spoil your best furry mate than taking them on an Australian adventure. With so many pet-friendly accommodation options to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! But never fear, we’ve done all the legwork for you and here’s our top 10 recommendations, with a little help from our friends at Holidays with Dogs.

We’ve even shortlisted them by state, so it’s just a fun road trip or quick plane ride away! Want to travel interstate? Let the friendly team at Jetpets look after your interstate pet travel needs, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to take your pets on holiday with you and there won’t be any looking back. You can thank us later, now let’s get a move on.

Discover by state:




From the Great Ocean Road to lush National Parks, there’s no shortage of beautiful sights to see and smells to explore for you and your puppa. 

Howards Hill, Mornington Peninsula

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An intimate retreat for you and Mr Barks-A-Lot, this gorgeous pet-friendly property is nestled among Manna Gums and surrounded by 30 acres of blissful bush. The perfect base to explore the Mornington Peninsula surrounds, you’ll have everything you need for some quality R&R time with your dogs and human companions. Get those limbs working with a bush walk, play a spot of table tennis or check out the local beaches with a short drive.


Tyntynder Garden Cottage 2, High Country

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If the view of two gorgeous blondes isn’t enough to lure you in just yet, let us tell you about this tranquil retreat. Nestled in the high country of Bright, located just 100 metres from the Ovens River, take a leisurely stroll with your doggos to town. Play a few (ok, as many times as it takes for your four-legged mates to tire out) of fetch in the fully-enclosed backyard and win some serious brownie points as “best dog parent of the year”.

Flying Duck Orchid, Great Ocean Road

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If the thought of being close to both the beach and bush tickles your fancy, then this newly renovated property is sure to impress. Inspired by the eclectic vibes of the 50s and 60s, this Flying Duck is located right on the fringe of a wildlife corridor that stretches from Anglesea to Cape Otway. Explore the beautiful region with your fur child, walk amid the blooms or lounge on the sand while the waves roll in.


New South Wales

From coastal cities to rugged mountains, we’ll give you something worth singing an opera about. 

Chill-out Beach House @ Forster, North Coast

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Set amongst a tropical backyard, this laid back three bedroom beach house is just a stone’s throw away from the dog-friendly One Mile Beach. Smell the salt and enjoy the sound of lulling waves as you stroll to the surf or explore the rainforest boardwalk with your furbaby. Enjoy a few snags on the outdoor barbie before settling in for a Netflix and chill night with your best mate on the couch.


South Coast Retreat – Waterfront Three Bedroom House, South Coast

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Situated right on the stunning waterfront, this award-winning property offers unforgettable water views at every angle from the living area. Languorously walk along the water with your best pal while sinking your toes into the warm sand, and reminisce your favourite memories so far in 2019 while planning the adventures to come in 2020.



The beach haven of our beautiful country, the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests await. 

Sunny Coast Shack, Sunshine Coast

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Looking for a private oasis that backs onto a off-leash dog-friendly parkland and just minutes walk from the quiet Marcoola Beach? Look no further, my friend, this perfect pet-friendly beach holiday accommodation awaits. With your very own private pool complete with a lazy hammock, pool table, table tennis, Foxtel and more, this retro city chic holiday house awaits you and your fur children.


Angie’s Garden Poolside, Fraser Coast

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If your idea of the perfect getaway with your pooch fam involves a holiday house with a pool that ALSO gives back to homeless dogs in need, then you’re in luck! The wonderful team at Angie’s Garden are behind Project Shelter, where every night you stay at this idyllic retreat, a homeless dog gets food, shelter and care. There’s ample space for everyone, this place gets a big paws up!


South Australia

Home to beautiful wine regions, cultural sights and dramatic outback scenery.

Seagrass Villa 1 at Normanville, Fleurieu Peninsula 

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An up-market experience that will have your furry child’s tail wagging, this purpose-built property is a stroll away from the pristine Normanville Beach where you can soak in the views from a variety of cafes and restaurants situated on the foreshore. Alternatively, catch up on some quiet time and spend a relaxing night in the ‘Reading Room’, equipped with an array of books and magazines. PSA: Ample breakfast provisions and enjoy a complimentary bottle of South Australian wine or two craft beers.



Tick this isolated island state off your list and take a meander through the Salamanca markets. 

Stanley View Beach House, North Tasmania

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With the beach only 10 metres from your bedroom window, this 1950s beach front cottage offers serenity and comfort on a platter. Sleeping a total of 10 people, and more importantly, two lucky doggos, this fully-equipped property dishes up views of the historic port of Stanley across Sawyer Bay and the modern port of Port Lotta. With a cosy wood fireplace for long winter nights and beautiful sunset views on romantic summer nights, this beach house is awaiting your arrival.


Western Australia

Discover the hidden treasure of sightseeing and spectacular landscapes that Western Australia has to offer. 

EcoValley Retreat, Esperance

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Set upon seven acres of bushland, this sustainable retreat is just moments away from Esperance’s gorgeous beaches and CBD, wonderfully ideal for a couple’s getaway. Escape the hustle and bustle of life, relax in nature and discover the wonders of organic farming with four of your furry best friends.


For more pet-friendly holiday and accommodation ideas, please visit Holidaying with Dogs.









Helping Your Dog Settle Into Their New Home

Resident Vet Dr. Angus provides his top tips to help your dog adjust to your new home

This is a good news story.  The moment your dog sees you, or another family member, on arrival from their ride on the big jet plane then suddenly all will become clear as why they just did what they did. And, dogs being dogs, they’ll be so overcome with the joy of seeing you (as they always are), they’ll forget almost completely about what just happened.

Don’t get us wrong, flying isn’t generally a scary experience for dogs – I can say with confidence that after quite a few years of seeing dogs off on flights that dogs who have travelled by air before are always quite happy to do it again. Somewhere in their canine brains, among the info about where they buried all those bones and the TV remote, what time the postie comes past and how many cats to this day are still stuck up that tree, there’s a memory about going in this weird car-like thing where they couldn’t stick their head out of the window but at the end of the ride, that’s right, they were reunited with YOU!!

So all that explaining you did before the journey (where actually all they heard was “blah blah blah blah car, blah blah blah blah walk, blah blah blah blah no we are not leaving the cat behind”) now all makes sense.

Unless you happen to own a Border Collie…, they’re different and will have understood every word you said, in fact just give them this electronic device now and they’ll read this themselves.  And you know that middle-of-the-row seat you landed?  In between the yoghurt covered toddler and that bloke who just won’t stop talking about the Collingwood Football Club?  Well, your Border Collie has dipped into those frequent flyer points you were saving up to buy that smoothie juicer (mmmm, kale…) and upgraded you!  After all, they’re going business class (with the lie-flat bed and friendly good-looking Jetpets pet handlers pouring the iced waters and telling you what a good boy/girl you are) so why shouldn’t you travel business class too?  What, you didn’t know that Qantas sent their premium cabin staff to us for training?

So, to cut a long story short your dog will still think you’re no less super-awesome than you were before the big trip.  And, really, settling in is pretty much a done deal.

What you should do though is take care of few canine personal health and safety issues

1. Make sure your new home is escape-proof

If they’re one of the minority who might leave your side for more than a few seconds then it’s essential to make sure that your new home is escape-proof – so is the lock on the back gate functional, are there any holes/gaps in the fence?  If they don’t necessarily get on with other dogs then make sure any neighbours’ dogs can’t make contact with them either by getting some or all of themselves through fences.


2. Keep your dog on a lead

This may be obvious, but even though you and your dog might be totally free spirits, please keep them on a lead – at least for the short walk between the front door of the Jetpets Transit Lounge and your VW Kombi.  Nothing gives us the heebie-jeebies more than a loose dog in the car park with cars whizzing past.  We want you and your dog to get away safely on your surf trip, those seagulls won’t chase themselves.


3. Visit your local vet

Once you’ve finished unpacking all those sparkly tops, black winter coats (if you’ve moved to Melbourne), beach gear (if you haven’t moved to Melbourne) and the hairdryer (and also once you’ve unpacked your own things – but that’ll only take a couple of minutes right?) it’s a good idea to drop in at your friendly local vet.  Apart from being the smartest people on the planet, vets are also good for some more mundane practical things; they can update your dog’s microchip registration details so that if by some dark misfortune your pooch is facing ‘doing time’ down at the pound, your current address and phone number can be looked up and you can be down there in a jiffy to bail them out.  We know it’ll be an awkward conversation in the car on the way home but it’s still best the possible outcome at that point in time.

Also ask your professional superhero (the vet) about any prophylactic treatments (such as Heartworm prevention) and vaccinations that they recommend for dogs living your area.  Either there might be treatments or vaccinations that weren’t necessary where you used to live or they weren’t available.

Above all we wish you and your best friend the safest and happiest of travels.  And if they do the full body wag, or that silly run they do when they’re really happy, then that’s a bonus!


SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast welcomes its first penguins!

Six little penguins have arrived safely at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) in preparation for the opening of an immersive new exhibit on 13 December 2019.

Sealife sunshine coast little blue penguins

Jonah, Stefan, Hilda, Sapphire, Aqua and Buruu made the journey from Sea World on the Gold Coast to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast this week where they were greeted by an enthusiastic team of bird keepers! The penguins will remain in the aquarium’s quarantine area for the next week before entering the new Little Blue Penguins exhibit, which has been designed to closely resemble their natural habitat.

Over the next two months, nine more little penguins will be transported to the Sunshine Coast from Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra ahead of the opening of Little Blue Penguins in December.

Jetpets are proud to be trusted with the transportation of the penguins to their new home.

When arranging the penguins’ transportation, many factors had to be considered to ensure they were comfortable and safe throughout the journey. This included mapping out the logistics to ensure the penguins travelled the most direct route possible, arranging suitable travel crates for each penguin and ensuring the temperature in our animal travel vehicle was set so the penguins were comfortable in their environment. The transportation of the penguins was successful and we hope they are settling into their new home nicely!” said company spokesperson Jenna Matheson.


Watch the video below to see them waddling into their new home.

Little Blue Penguins opens at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast on 13 December 2019. It will be a permanent exhibit that is included in the admission price. For further information, visit:

Bringing Home a New Puppy

Jetpets Tips on Welcoming Your New Puppy Home

Congratulations on your new family member – so many memories and adventures await!

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When You Arrive Home, Allocate a Living and Sleeping Area

  • Designate a living space area where they can safely and comfortable settle in.
  • Puppy-proof the immediate area by removing any items that are potentially hazardous and anything you don’t want to risk being chewed on.
  • Provide them with a cosy sleeping area where they can enjoy some much-needed rest after a busy day of travelling.
  • Place some puppy-friendly toys in the area to keep them entertained.
  • Crate training has huge benefits, as the crate will become a safe place for your puppy at home and wherever you choose to take them. Our Jetpets crates are perfect for crate training, and they come in all sizes.

Happy Belly, Happy Puppy

If possible, find out from the rescue organisation or breeder what your puppy has been eating. That way you can try to purchase the same or similar diet. Sudden diet changes can cause tummy upsets.

If you want to change your puppy’s diet, make sure to do it gradually over a period of a week or so. Good nutrition is key to the healthy development of your new best mate.

Life is Better with Friends

An important step in your puppy’s early life and behavioural development is ensuring that you proactively socialise your puppy between the ages of 8 to 17 weeks.

  • Exposing your puppy to different environments will ensure they mature into a well-adjusted adult and are equipped to interact appropriately with other dogs, animals and people.
  • You can enrol them in puppy school classes, which are usually offered at veterinary clinics.
  • Speak to your local vet about your puppy’s vaccination requirements prior to attending puppy school.

Leaving Your Puppy Alone for the First Time

There will be times when you’ll have to leave your furbaby at home alone. Try your best to keep this process gradual and calm by leaving for short periods of time and rewarding them with treats and play time upon your return. By gradually increasing your time away, your puppy will learn that you will always come back and this will help prevent separation anxiety.

Keep your puppy pre-occupied while you are away by leaving a selection of toys for them to play with. Give them different toys on different occasions to keep things exciting and fresh. You can also take them on a walk before you leave, this will help to tire them out and encourage them to enjoy a snooze while you’re away.

Dr. Angus’s Tips for Settling Your Cat into Your New Home


tips for settling in your catAt Jetpets, we like to help you make the pet travel process as easy and stress-free as possible for you and your furbaby. However, it’s important to remember that the travel process goes beyond the pick up from the airport or transit lounge, your furbabies will still need some time to get used to their new home and the new sights, smells and sounds that come with it. This is especially true for cats, as they are creatures of comfort and can take longer to acclimatise when compared to their dog counterparts.

We’re very fortunate to have expert in-house vets at Jetpets and we’ve asked Dr. Angus for his advice and top tips when it comes to helping your cat settling into your new home.


Phase 1: ‘Safe Mode’

Cats are usually quite bonded to their home territory so tend not to appreciate the time, expense and effort that you’ve gone to in relocating them with you – not initially anyway… Once they leave their established home most cats will go in to ‘safe mode’ whereby they will ‘lay low’ and ‘sit tight’- as in they will retreat to the back of their travel crate and maintain a low body and head posture to try and remain as ‘invisible’ as possible; this is a natural self-protective response employed by cats. We should, however, mention that there is a small cohort of outliers among the cat population who are a bit more outgoing; these are the ‘confident’ cats who will be at the front of the crate looking for any attention they can get. Having said that; the following advice applies to all cats.

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On receiving your intrepid feline adventurer (or bag of nerves – whatever the case may be) on arrival either at the airport or if they are delivered to your doorstep the most important thing to remember is, no matter how much you want to give them a reassuring scratch around the ears,
do not under any circumstances open the crate in an uncontained area. A cat that escapes in an unfamiliar area, no matter how friendly/easy going/dog-like they are normally is very likely to bolt and may be lost forever.


Phase 2: Allocate a ‘Safe Room’

So, once you’ve got them to their new home; it’s best to allocate them their own room for starters – preferably one without hiding places behind heavy electrical devices like fridges and washing machines.

In this room you’ll need at least one good-sized litter tray filled with their preferred litter (if they have a preference) and at the opposite end of the room a bowl of clean water (preferably bottled water – some cats may not initially drink tap water that tastes ‘different’ due to chlorination, different pipes etc.) and a selection of their favourite food – we’re talking the expensive stuff here; prawns, salmon, venison – you’ve spent enough to cover a business class airfare on them so you may as well splash out on some business class tucker too. Your cat will of course reciprocate (OK, punish you) and expect you to eat beans on toast for a few weeks.

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Also, in their initial ‘safe room’ you’ll need a comfortable hiding place such as an igloo. You may be able to use the travel crate as this hiding place but first check that the Stay Dry mat hasn’t been soiled – turn it over to check for any tell-tale marks on the underside as it will, as given away by the name, be dry on top. If need be tip out the bedding from the crate and replace it with clean bedding.

Highly recommended for the ‘safe room’ is a Feliway plug-in diffuser, this will help indicate to your cat that this is a safe area and help them to settle/calm down more quickly.

It’s best to open the crate in the ‘safe room’ and let your cat come out of their own accord – most will within a few minutes but a few may need a little coaxing. Most cats will then carry out a ‘sweep’ checking for the presence of any other cats – in other words this is the first stage of establishing their new territory. They may vocalise while undertaking this sweep and may want to jump up onto any high surfaces such as cabinets, shelves etc. to get a better view of their surroundings.

Once they’ve established that the area is theirs and theirs alone then they will begin to relax and possibly even come and say hello to you (and check that you haven’t been cheating on them with any other cats during their absence…). Once you’ve reached this point you can leave them to relax further in their new bit territory by giving them some peace and quiet and time to have a bite to eat and use the tiger-latrine.

Phase 3: Time to Explore

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Sooner or later there will be a request to have a look through the door and find out what’s in the next room. If you’re happy to, and provided all exits are closed, you can let them through and they will then repeat the process of checking that they have exclusive rights to this new bit of territory.

You can then progressively introduce them to as much of their new home as they feel comfortable being introduced to. But remember always ensure that all outside exits are closed!!

You do not want to let your cat out into the open until you are completely confident that they are well established in and bonded to their new indoor territory. There is no hard and fast rule as to how long this establishment or bonding takes (some people say two weeks others say up to six) as it very much depends on your cat’s individual temperament. Ultimately you need to be confident that they have established their indoor territory as a safe place where if they are outside and something scares them then then their automatic response is to retreat to the house.

Phase 4: Out and About (this only applies to cats who are not indoor-only)

Most cats will pretty quickly in the first couple of days after arrival in their new home begin to show an interest in the outside world and begin to ‘ask’ to go outside – it’s best to take a conservative approach to this and don’t give in to them too soon until you are comfortable that they will come back to the house rather than launch into an epic journey to try and return to their previous home.

When you do let them out for the first time this is best done under close supervision letting them explore in, preferably, an enclosed area and only at ground level few minutes or until they start looking to jump or climb before returning them inside. You can then repeat these supervised
outings for longer periods of time and always make sure that there is a clear way back into the house through an open door. Cats do not understand or respect roads and traffic so you always need to be aware of busy roads if they are nearby.

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A good time to let your cat out for the first time is prior to a meal. Initially you can take them back in and feed them and then once they’re more relaxed outside put their food out just inside the door and allow them to come in under their own steam. Once your cat has explored your
immediate garden and has chosen a ‘favourite spot’ where they are comfortable sitting and watching the world go by, and will come in for food when called, then you can at last consider your cat’s relocation a success.

But always remember with all cats that curiosity will often lead them further afield; this typically occurs during hours of darkness so it is recommended to keep cats indoors at night both for their own safety and to mitigate impacts on local bird and wildlife populations.

Jetpets Features on Pooches at Play

Whether you’re travelling interstate or overseas, the process may seem daunting especially for first-time pet owners. At Jetpets, we make it our priority to ensure that the entire process is kept as smooth and stress-free as possible for both fur parents and their precious fur babies. We’ll help you every step of the way, our sole focus is the comfort and safety of your pet/s during travel.
Jetpets had the wonderful opportunity of talking to Pooches at Play‘s host, Lara Shannon, about our range of pet travel services and tips to help your pet have a pawsome experience during travel.

Make sure you watch the video below for some valuable pet travel advice


For more information on our pet transport options, be sure to check out the below:

Get to know Ellie Gonsalves’ furbaby Daisy

Plus Ellie’s top tips for international pet travel 🐶✈️🌴

At Jetpets, we help fur parents in Australia and all around the world transport their beloved pets for their next big adventure. Ellie Gonsalves has trusted Jetpets on previous occasions with her adorable pomeranian, Daisy‘s, travel plans and this time we’re excited to look after her trip to beautiful LA in the United States.

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We’ve taken the opportunity to pick Ellie’s brain on Daisy’s personality, as well as her go-to tips when travelling with Daisy.

Model and actress, Ellie Gonsalves is also an ambassador for L’Oreal Pro and AustraliaZoo Wildlife Warriors.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your gorgeous pooch Daisy?

My partner, Ross bought Daisy as a surprise birthday present for me on my 22nd birthday. She’s super cheeky, a bossy boots and snorts like a large bush pig (especially when she’s sleeping). Daisy travels everywhere with us, she always makes random people in the street smile.. There’s honestly nothing we wouldn’t do for her.

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2. How do you best prepare Daisy for international travel?

Daisy has become pretty well adjusted to travelling, when she was previously living in LA with us a few years ago she’d sit on my lap during the flights to NYC, Vegas – Everywhere! So we generally don’t have to do much to prep her for flying these days, she just loves human interaction and for people to just be calm around her.

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3. Daisy is quite the frequent flyer, how many times has she moved internationally?

Daisy has move from Brisbane to LA, back to Brisbane now she’s off to LA again.

4. How does Daisy react when you collect her after travel? Is she excited to see you?

She goes wild and pees everywhere, she’s one of those dogs that will NOT pee in her crate so she just holds it and does it all over us 😂


5. We have been lucky enough to take care of Daisy multiple times, why do you trust Jetpets?

I know Jetpets are going to look after her and treat her how we would want her to be treated. I love that all the photos I get as updates is of someone cuddling her or she’s being walked. Jetpets are professional and give so many updates on how Daisy is doing. It gives real peace of mind that she’s safe and happy.

6. Do you have any tips for others who are looking at moving overseas with their pet?

As a pet owner, it’s extremely important to do thorough research on who your pet is flying with. Which is what I did when I discovered Jetpets, I recommend all of my friends/people who ask to use Jetpets as I know they’re going to get the same professional experience I got which was our baby arriving safely, happy and calm on the other side.. it’s also service with a smile.

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Travel Tips for Defence Family Pets

Every year Defence families relocate across Australia for new postings. With an extensive network of bases Australia-wide, the total defence workforce has a significant footprint and has an integral part within regional communities.

Infographic: Defence force footprint across Australia, 2019 statistics by Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Important considerations for defence pet relocations

As such, defence relocations can occur frequently for members and their family, including furbabies. One of the most important considerations is how to transport your family pet to ensure its comfort, safety and welfare during the move?

There are many important factors to research when moving defence pets interstate.  How long will it take? How much does it cost to transport my pet interstate? Do I put them on a plane and catch the same flight? Where do I arrange any pet accommodation if required? These and many other questions are often asked when transporting defence pets across Australia.

Another important consideration are the heat extremities we face across Australia during the summer months. When looking to relocate your loved ones, it is important to consider the time of day for departure and the arrival time. It is imperative that pets are well hydrated prior to departure and have access to water during their journey.

We’ve prepared the top 10 planning tips to keep in mind for your defence pet’s interstate relocation

The team at Jetpets are dedicated to ensuring your pet’s care, comfort and welfare for their interstate transport.

  • Our purpose-built transit lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane ensure your pets remain comfortable prior and post their journey.
  • They can be left in our care with our professional pet handlers well before their designated flight who will then transport your furbaby in our air-conditioned vehicles to the airport for their flight. This not only ensures your pet has time to rest and hydrate but also saves you time!
  • Our pet handlers also will keep you updated via our pet travel updates for complete peace of mind.

For more information and advice, please call one our dedicated pet travel consultants on 1300 668 309 to discuss your interstate pet relocation needs.

Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2019 WINNERS REVEALED

Inspiring success in excellence and innovation in pet rescue!

The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards is thrilled to announce the WINNERS for 2019. The Rescue Awards is a national program that celebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

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Image: Jetpets Rescue Awards Ceremony 2019 Winners. Left to right: Sue Quartermain of RSPCA Victoria, Marisa Debattista of Second Chance Animal Rescue, Nicole Tharle of Dandy Cat Rescue, Brooke Rankmore of AMRRIC, Joanne Amos of Maneki Neko Cat Rescue, Michelle Gallo of Camden Council and Jeremy Bennett of Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter. 

Credit: Jo Lyons Photography

“In our second year, it was very competitive with more than 1,000 entries across 8 categories, which made it very difficult for the judges! Our amazing winners demonstrated excellence and innovation in their approach to improving the lives of companion animals in their communities,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards Founder and pet adoption advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians.

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Image: Cathy Beer, Founder of Jetpets Companion Animal Rewards, with Jenna Matheson of Jetpets

Credit: Jo Lyons Photography

Following the announcement of the Finalists in August, one winner from each category was selected by an expert panel of 12 Judges. The winners were revealed on 12 September 2019 among hundreds of their peers at a special Rescue Awards Ceremony held during the 8th National G2Z Summit & Workshops in Queensland. Bondi Vet, Dr Alex Hynes and her rescue dog, Yoshi announced the winner of the Volunteer of the Year. The Ceremony was broadcasted live across the country via the Rescue Awards Facebook page.

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Image: 2019 Judges. Left to Right: Nell Thompson, Dr Anne Fawcett, Dr Michael O’Donoghue, Vickie Davy, Bondi Vet Dr Alex Hynes

Credit: Jo Lyons Photography

This year, Jetpets is again the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner. Sandy Matheson, Jetpets Managing Director, said, “Jetpets congratulates this year’s winners of the Companion Animal Rescue Awards. The quality of the entries were outstanding, and we are humbled to be able to share in celebrating the achievements of rescue organisations, volunteers and adopters alike, who have had a significant impact on the welfare of companion animals Australia wide.

For category 8, the Advocate® People’s Rescue Story received hundreds of entries from Aussie pet guardians who shared their stories about pet adoption and fostering. Dan White, Senior Brand Manager of Advocate® at Bayer said it was incredibly difficult narrowing our choice down to 10 Finalists, let alone choose an overall winner!

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

“Moreover, the fact that almost twice as many stories were submitted as last year further demonstrates there are still many amazing and inspiring stories to be told. Our overall winner (Sally and her hero cat Sandy) really exemplifies a real-life rescue story because Sandy literally saved Sally’s son’s life. It’s been a real privilege for Advocate® and Bayer to be involved for the second year running.”

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

Rescue Awards Ambassador and Animal Behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti also congratulated the winners and thanked rescue organisations and their volunteers for helping surrendered and abandoned pets get a second chance in a loving home.

For more information/updates on the 2019 Awards, visit