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We are delighted to announce that our Rescue Animal of the Year winner is King. We hear terrible things about social media, but it can be a force for good too. And when a group of animal lovers saw the appalling film of a lion cub being kicked and beaten, they managed to track down the lion, rescue it, and give it a chance of a happy ending.

We all know that the world loves a funny animal clip, so when loveable rescue Kratu took on the agility course at Crufts in his own inimitable way he was instantly thrust into social media stardom. Over 6.8 million people have now watched the video of him sauntering around the course, doing a u-turn in the tunnel, sniffing the judges and generally having a lovely time! But Kratu is not just joyful in the ring, his remarkable story is one of triumph over adversity – he is a rescue dog in a million.

The year has flown by and today we joined our fabulous panel of judges in London to decide the winners for our 2017 awards.

Celia Hammond is one of life’s amazing people, she’s given up everything to devote her life to animal welfare and now she needs our help.

The best awards of the year are back! The Animal Hero Awards in partnership with the RSPCA are now looking for your amazing nominations. Do you know a devoted dog , fearless feline or a plucky parrot?

If so, we want to hear from you because nominations open today.

There are some people in the world who make it better just by their very existence, Jill Robinson is one of those rare individuals. After witnessing the plight of moon bears imprisoned in tiny coffin size cages and subjected to the worst kind of cruelty she knew that she had to do everything possible to help them.

The heart wrenching photographs of homeless dogs across the world freezing to death in the harsh winter conditions have spurred Caernarfon born animal lover Matthew Cook to undertake a charity walk to raise much needed funds.
  • 13 September 2016

And the Winners Are...

Our fourth Animal Hero Awards took place this week and once again we were delighted to honour the nation’s most amazing animals (and a few people) for their caring, heroic and outstanding achievements.

It’s that time of year again where we assemble our stellar judging panel to decide the winners of this year’s Animal Hero Awards. You’ve entered in your thousands and our team of researchers have whittled the nominations down to our front runners for the judges to choose from.

Bertie Cheesecake and Soots were abandoned by the roadside in Cyprus at just three weeks old. Luckily for them a kind passerby took them to the Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare Shelter where staff ensure that all animals are taken good care of. Andrea Bell, one of the members of staff at the shelter took pity on the little puppies and took them home to foster alongside her ever growing brood of waifs and strays.

Lucy the cavalier spent all her life as a breeding dog, never stepping out of her cramped cage. Since being rescued she is now the figurehead of a national campaign in the fight against puppy farming.

When animal rescuer and enthusiast Amanda Leask saw the image of a Romanian dog that had been partially skinned alive appear on her social media timeline she knew that she had to act fast to get him the help that he needed to survive.

The brand new one-horned rhino is only the fourth of its species to be born in Europe in the last 12 months

Emergency crews spent more than two-and-a-half hours trying to get the 13-year-old out of the tree

Since being uploaded to YouTube, the clip has attracted almost 150,000 views for its glimpse into an unlikely romance

Animal search and rescue groups wrote on Facebook that setter mix Tillie is a "true friend and a humbling example of the power of love”