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WINNERS 2015

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ANIMAL WELFARE

Ricky Gervais has carved an incredibly successful career from making people laugh but when it comes to standing up for the rights of animals, it’s no joking matter for the passionate animal activist.

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ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST OF THE YEAR

Ever since Victoria discovered how serious the animal welfare situation was in Borneo, she has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness for stray cats and dogs in the country she’s grown to love.

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Sergeant Pen Farthing first became aware of the animal crisis in Afghanistan while stationed in the country eight years ago.

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VET OF THE YEAR

Dr Marc regularly appears on TV giving advice and uses his large social media following to promote responsible pet ownership. His biggest animal welfare campaign to date is against puppy farming – the battery breeding of puppies to be sold on to unsuspecting buyers through pet shops, online, in free newspaper adverts and private sales.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

In the 1960s Celia Hammond graced the cover of Vogue and lived a celebrity lifestyle, travelling the world on photographic assignments. Although she had become a vegetarian in her teens, at that time she ironically became one of the country’s top fur models.

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CARING ANIMAL OF THE YEAR

Holly the whippet came to live with 19-year-old Amy and her family four years ago, after she was rescued from a puppy farm. She had been used as a breeding dog and needed to be nursed back to health.

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RESCUE ANIMAL OF THE YEAR

Crossbreed Miracle was destined for a dog meat restaurant when the truck he was travelling on was intercepted by the Thai animal welfare charity Soi Dog Foundation. The horrific photo of Miracle hanging from a meat rack went viral around the world.

 

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OUTSTANDING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Fairtrade coffee suppliers Cafeology places a deep-seated respect for nature at the heart of its company. 

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HERO ANIMAL OF THE YEAR

When two men approached Georgia Bradley on a remote beach while on holiday in Crete, she knew she was in danger. They became aggressive and grabbed her by the arm.

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YOUNG ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST OF THE YEAR

Genevieve is a teenager dedicated to helping animals, and she’s doing everything in her power to help charities devoted to animal welfare.

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YOUNG ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST OF THE YEAR

When a stranded porpoise washed up on the beach near Jordan’s home, he and his friends battled desperately to save the mammal.

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YOUNG ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST OF THE YEAR

Tol hasn’t had the easiest starts in life, as he’s had to fight an aggressive form of leukaemia for three years.

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RSPCA SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR

Julie was first contracted by the RSPCA in 2012. Working in conjunction with the Companion Animals and Learning and Development Departments, she has developed two courses for RSPCA staff: Understanding And Preventing Aggression In Dogs and Understanding, and Meeting The Welfare Needs Of Dogs in RSPCA care.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANIMAL OF THE YEAR

The Staffordshire bull terrier was taken to the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre after she was found abandoned. Her owner didn’t see her true potential  – but thankfully kennel supervisor Sue Dicks did.

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Do you know an animal that has gone above and beyond for an owner or friend? Or maybe you have a pet that has had a traumatic life but has shown outstanding resilience and now brings joy to your life. Or do you have a friend who has campaigned for animal welfare in your area?

We want to hear your heart warming animal stories so if you know someone or an animal that deserves to be recognised then nominate them for an Animal Hero Award!

Nominations for the awards in September 2017 have now closed.  All nominations now received will be considered for the 2018 awards.

If you are under 18, please make sure you have your parent or guardian's permission. If your nominee is under 18, please make sure you have their parent or guardian's permission. Information provided as part of the nomination may be used as part of an editorial feature within the Daily Mirror. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All nominations and stories are considered.  Stories are not prioritised by quantity of nominations received so you only need to submit once.

Please complete the details below to submit a nomination.

 

Information provided may be used as the basis for an editorial feature without further consent. All nominees should be available to travel to London and attend the award presentation usually in September, and must be available for press comment following the award presentation.

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