This award recognises an individual or community/volunteer group for an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of animals, significantly heightening awareness of animal welfare issues, or making a substantial positive contribution to the lives of animals through a project directly impacting on animals’ well-being.

SAFE logoSAFE Inc (Gold)

SAFE is a not-for-profit community animal rescue and rehoming organisation, founded in Karratha in 2003. SAFE’s mission is to save companion animals from unnecessary euthanasia through community education, fostering, desexing, vaccinating, microchipping and placing them in suitable homes. The 11 SAFE Coordinators throughout regional WA regularly put in more than 50+ hours a week, even though many of them still work in other full or part-time jobs. No healthy, re-homeable animal has been euthanised in these areas since SAFE has been established. The organisation has now saved over 32,000 companion animals across WA.


WA Wildlife logoWA Wildlife (Gold)

WA Wildlife recently opened the first purpose-built wildlife hospital in WA, capable of rescuing and rehabilitating 4000 native animals every year. WA Wildlife are open 365 days a year and have recently launched a wildlife rescue ambulance – the first and only service of its kind in WA. They are very active within the community, providing education and community outreach to schools, tertiary institutions, corporate organisations and other NGOs on environmental sustainability and conservation. All this work is completed with just 250 volunteers and a handful of staff.


POOPS (Pets of Older Persons) logoPOOPS - Pets of Older Persons (Gold)

POOPs provides no-fee dog services which help to keep people who are elderly or disabled with their pets, improving the wellbeing of both owner and animal. POOPs volunteers understand the importance of pets in our lives, and provide services such as in-home care, dog walking, and help with transporting pets to appointments. Launched in 2010, POOPs currently has 349 two-legged clients across Perth and Busselton (many of them with multiple pets) and is in the process of launching an exciting program to help clients access regular vet checks and preventative care.


Geraldton Dog Rescue logoGeraldton Dog Rescue (Gold)

Geraldton Dog Rescue has been rescuing dogs since 2002. The group of volunteers visit the local pound twice a week, assessing dogs for rehoming. They care for and rehabilitate dogs who need assistance and educate the public on responsible pet care. Their most passionate volunteers have other careers but devote all their spare time and weekends to the cause. After 18 years of fundraising, and thanks to grant support, Geraldton Dog Rescue has just opened a purpose-built rescue centre to help even more animals in the community. To date, they’ve rescued over 5000 dogs.


BARRC (Bunbury Animal Rescue Rehome Care) logoBARRC - Bunbury Animal Rescue Rehome Care, Inc (Silver)

BARRC plays an important part in animal welfare in the South West region. Even as a relatively new charity, established in 2019, they provide an excellent service to assist with desexing dogs, providing food relief, supporting families and pet owners with other help they may need, as well as assisting RSPCA inspectors with cases involving dogs that may not have had a chance elsewhere. The BARRC volunteers are integrated into the community, hosting community events, supporting council rangers and generally improving animal welfare for pets and their owners.


Mid West Cat Shelter, Inc logoMid West Cat Shelter, Inc (Silver)

Mid West Cat Shelter is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity located in Geraldton, that has been operating since 2013. Their aim is to rescue and re-home unwanted cats, support responsible pet management, and develop community education programs. The organisation is entirely volunteer run, meaning the dedicated volunteers often bear the costs of rescuing and re-homing kittens and cats themselves. Mid West Cat Shelter has rescued, sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped over 2000 cats and kittens.


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Community Action Awards 2021 - Bronze Medal - Mark Laing, WA PoliceMark Lang - WA Police Laverton (Bronze)

Constable Mark Lang has rescued numerous dogs and kittens in the remote town of Laverton. He has been responsible for the rescue and rehoming of close to 30 dogs, some of which have been close to death and in need of urgent care. He regularly reaches into his own pocket, and drives hundreds of kilometres, to give animals a second chance. Constable Lang truly cares, is trusted within the community and by Elders, and is making a real difference in a challenging environment.


FAWNA logoFAWNA Inc (Bronze)

Founded by a small group of volunteers in 1984, FAWNA is an organisation dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing wildlife. FAWNA Inc has since grown to over 120 volunteers from Mandurah in the north to Augusta in the South, Manjimup in the East and everywhere in between, having almost 500 wildlife in their care every year. The volunteers work tirelessly, operating a 24/7 wildlife helpline, assessing injuries and participating in a study into the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum.


Mad PaulyMad Pauly’s Reptile Removal (Bronze)

Paul Maddams created Mad Pauly’s Reptile Removal as a free service to relocate snakes and reptiles from properties within the community. As an avid animal lover, Paul also works hard to educate people about reptiles. He guides people blocked by fear towards understanding snakes , and also teaches basic first-aid for snake bites on most call-outs. He says his mission is to “do as much as I can for as long as I can”.


Albany Animal Welfare logoAlbany Animal Welfare (Bronze)

Albany Animal Welfare is a volunteer-run non-profit animal rescue and welfare organisation launched in 2017. The dedicated volunteers take on special needs animals such as dogs needing surgery and those with behavioural issues , and pass on information they gather from the public on acts or situations of cruelty. They also support their community by providing lower income earners and Centrelink dependents with desexing vouchers, free desexing on litter surrenders and responsible pet ownership education.


Pets in the Park Perth logoPets in the Park Perth CBD (Bronze)

Since 2019, the Pets in the Park volunteers have been providing a free monthly vet clinic for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The clinics run on the first Sunday of every month, with the CBD team providing health checks, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming and basic medication, as well as fund raising to help cover the cost of any treatments that they cannot provide on-site.


RomeoRomeo’s Rabbit Rescue (Bronze)

The volunteers at Romeo’s Rabbit Rescue have saved hundreds of rabbits and guinea pigs in the Perth metro area from pounds and veterinary clinics, hoarding situations, and from members of the public that desperately need to surrender their pets. Since starting in March 2019, the group have helped almost 600 animals in need, providing desexing, microchipping and vaccinations to all animals before rehoming them.


Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary logoPossum Valley Animal Sanctuary Inc (Bronze)

The Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation and registered charity established in 2013 as a haven for sick, injured, orphaned, abandoned and unwanted livestock and native animals. Relying 100 per cent on their volunteers, the sanctuary aims to prevent or relieve the suffering of animals by providing rescue and rehabilitation services as well as foster carers for injured or sick animals, and educating the public on the importance of responsible pet ownership.


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