Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) Inc. was voted Outstanding Rescue Group 2018, in the inaugural Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards on Friday, October 12.
SAFE began in the Pilbara and has expanded to metropolitan and regional locations across the state, including Esperance.
The organisation’s main goal is to save healthy companion animals from unnecessary euthanasia by fostering, desexing and finding them new homes.
SAFE Esperance coordinator Janine Button said the organisation had existed in Esperance since 2014.
“This will help to raise our profile,” she said.
“The more that we can get the public to understand who we are and what we do is fantastic.
“To be recognised makes you as a volunteer feel extremely proud to be part of the organisation.”
Ms Button said SAFE Esperance had saved about 500 cats and 180 dogs from euthanasia.
Last year SAFE Esperance received a total of $10,000 from the Esperance Shire and SAFE headquarters to desex and microchip cats and dogs last financial year.
“All together we did 54 animals so that went really well,” Ms Button said.
“We are still desexing people’s pets, although we don’t have those funds anymore.
“We ask people to pay half the cost and then headquarters covers the other half.”
Kitten season will begin soon and SAFE Esperance sends between 40 and 50 cats and kittens on average to Cat Haven in Perth.
Ms Button said SAFE Esperance was always in “desperate need” of volunteers to foster animals and general volunteers to support them.
For more information contact SAFE Esperance on 0407 772 886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.