Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter wins national rescue award

Sutherland Shire Council's animal shelter has won a national award for its work in rehabilitating and finding new homes for lost, abandoned and neglected pets.

The Taren Point facility was awarded Outstanding Council Animal Shelter in the 2019 National Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.

It's the second year in a row Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter has been recognised.

Last year, it was a finalist when the awards were held for the first time.

Mayor Carmelo Pesce said the award was just recognition for the "standout service of the team, who work very hard to care for and rehome animals".

More than 1000 entries were submitted in six categories in the program, which was founded by Cathy Beer, a rescue advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians.

Winners were announced at a function on September 12.

The Outstanding Council Animal Shelter award recognised "shelters and pounds that have made a significant impact on the outcomes of the healthy and treatable animals in their care, as well as proactively implemented strategies to reduce intake".

"We received many excellent industry submissions from around the country," Ms Beer said.

"The finalists not only demonstrated best practice in animal care, but also ensure the sustainability of their organisation for the future."

In July this year, staff at the shire shelter were widely praised for the emergency evacuation they conducted when the facility was threatened by a fire in the nearby Visy paper and cardboard recycling factory.

Four vans and the private cars of staff were used to transfer 12 dogs, 82 cats and four rabbits to Engadine, Kirrawee and Sylvania veterinary hospitals.

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