Karratha-based animal rescue group wins national award
Animal rescue service Saving Animals From Euthanasia, which began life in Karratha, has been recognised as the nation’s most outstanding rescue group at an inaugural awards presentation for companion animal care.
One of the top gongs in the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018, honouring groups and individuals working to rehabilitate and re-home companion animals Australia-wide, was awarded to the SAFE team at an event on Friday, October 12.
The awards attracted more than 500 entries.
SAFE founder Sue Hedley said the group was honoured to receive the award, citing its work helping animals in almost all parts of WA as a factor in the win.
“I am so incredibly excited and honoured to think of how far we’ve come in nearly 16 years, to have actually won this prestigious inaugural award for most outstanding rescue group” she said.
“We have got a long association in animal rescue so we’re quite well-known to a lot of people, but this was just the most wonderful uplifting thing to happen to us.”
She said she was especially proud of the SAFE team, the majority of whom were volunteers who “do the hard yards, sometimes in challenging circumstances” to save healthy and re-homeable animals from euthanasia.
SAFE was founded in Karratha in 2003 and has grown to include 12 branches throughout regional and metropolitan WA to become the State’s biggest animal rescue organisation using the foster care model.
That model sees animals stay in homes with temporary foster carers, instead of in cages in a pound or shelter, until a permanent owner is found for them.
The service has so far saved more than 23,000 animals through adoption and re-homes more than 1000 a year.
Ms Hedley said she hoped the award would attract interest from prospective sponsors to support SAFE’s animal rescue work.
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