By Taylah Eastwell
Dandenong-based cat refuge, Dandy Cat Rescue have had their kitty care recognised by being named a finalist in the national Jetpets Companion Animal Rescues Awards 2019.
The Jetspets award recognises achievements in the rescuing and rehoming of animals in Australia. Dandy Cat Rescue are the only Victorian finalist in the “Outstanding New Rescue Group” category, an outstanding achievement for an organisation that has only been in existence for 18 months.
Secretary of Dandy Cat Rescue, Melissa Mitchell said the organisation is a small network of volunteer foster carers with big ambitions.
“We are passionate about saving the lives of many cats and kittens who have been dumped, neglected or find themselves homeless through no fault of their own,” Ms Mitchell said.
Ms Mitchell believes being announced as a finalist is a great way to draw attention to animal welfare in the Dandenong area, as well as an ideal opportunity to continue to push for animal desexing in the community.
“We are strong advocates for desexing as well as vaccinating and microchipping of all of our rescue cats. Having pets desexed is an effective way of reducing the number of unwanted cats and kittens on the streets,” Ms Mitchell added.
Jetspets Rescue Awards founder and advocate from Pets4Life, Cathy Beer said the finalists have not only demonstrated best practice in animal care, but also ensured the sustainability of their organisation into the future.