HAMILTON Hill's John Bishop and Cottesloe's Vickie Davy founded the national PetRescue website in 2004, connecting rescued animals with new owners and saving many from euthanasia.
For their efforts helping to save close to 250,000 animals, Mr Bishop and Ms Davy claimed the Western Region’s social entrepreneurs category of the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program.
The pair will advance to the national level later this year, competing against other nominees from the same category.
‘Every day we bring pet seekers face-to-furry-face with thousands of adorable pets from shelters and rescue groups across WA and nationwide,’ Mr Bishop said.
‘Helping to found PetRescue is the most worthwhile and rewarding thing I’ve done in my life and it’s incredible to be recognised.’
Mr Bishop said it took 20-hour weekends over the space of 12 months, on top of his day job, to help get PetRescue off the ground.
‘The thing that kept me motivated during that time was the thought that if we could save just one life then it would all be worth it,’ he said.