Shoalhaven City Council's Animal Shelter has been shortlisted as a finalist in the category of outstanding council animal shelter in the 2020 Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.
The rescue awards celebrate and recognise achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.
The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter, since opening in July 2018, has provided quality care to 2840 animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, sheep, horses, cows and goats.
Council's Shelter, located in Nowra Hill, has a team of 10 staff who work seven days a week helping to rehabilitate and rehome rescued animals across the Shoalhaven.
In the two years since opening, the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter have successfully cared, rehabilitated and re-homed more than 1,639 animals.
As a result, the Shelter has had no euthanasian of healthy and rehomable animals.
The shelter was also recognised for key programs including a joint initiative with Animal Welfare League and the RSPCA Ulladulla to minimise the amount of undesexed cats and kittens in the local government area.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Amanda Findley, commended Council staff for their commitment to providing quality care to rescued animals.
"I would like to thank the Council staff for their tireless work to rehabilitate and re-home animals in need across the Shoalhaven", Cr Findley said.
"No doubt it can be a difficult job at times for our staff, but it is also incredibly rewarding knowing that every animal who comes through Council's doors is being looked after and given the opportunity to find a new safe and permanent home.
"The shelter's top priority is to provide a safe haven for all animals during their stay. It is an environment where animals feel protected and loved."
In its third year, the Rescue Awards has attracted more than 1,000 entries across 10 categories, including many excellent industry submissions from around the country.
The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday October 13.
The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter can be contacted on (02) 4429 3410 or on their Facebook page - Shoalhaven Animal Shelter.