Saving Animals from Euthanasia, (SAFE Inc) has been voted Outstanding Rescue Group 2018, in the inaugural Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.
Founded in 2003 in the Pilbara, SAFE Inc has grown to include branches in Albany, Avon Valley, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Esperance, Hedland, Goldfields, Karratha, Newman and Perth.
The primary goal of the organisation is to save healthy companion animals from unnecessary euthanasia by fostering, desexing and rehoming them.
SAFE averages more than 300 companion animals in foster care each month and has saved over 23,000 animals since the organisation began.
SAFE Founder Sue Hedley said winning the national award is recognition of SAFE’s dedicated volunteer teams who foster and rehome more than 1,000 animals every year.
“It’s a huge honour to receive this award when there are so many dedicated, hard-working rescue groups across the country all doing excellent work,” she said.
“I am especially proud of SAFE volunteers who do the hard yards, sometimes in challenging circumstances to ensure healthy rehomable animals are not euthanased.
“The personal rewards are enormous, it’s life-saving work and our foster care program makes it possible.”
Ms Hedley said the need for animal rescue and rehoming services is not abating and encourages people who wish to support SAFE’s work to volunteer, adopt, donate or partner with them to ensure it is the animals who are the real winners.
The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards program which recognises inspiring examples of dedication to the rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia wide attracted hundreds of entries.