Whether it is a cat or dog that has battled back from neglect, a loyal animal that has transformed someone’s life or a service animal which risks its life in the line of duty, you can put them forward.
We also want to hear about people who have dedicated their lives to animal welfare and conservation.
Our team will consider every entry and the winners will be honoured during a star-studded dinner in London.
TV star Amanda Holden is returning to host the Mirror’s Animal Hero Awards for the fifth year running.
Last year’s winners included a trio of Manchester police horses who went beyond the call of duty when football thugs went on the rampage, and Lucy, a Cavalier spaniel rescued from the horrors of a puppy farm who became the figurehead of a national campaign against the vile trade.
Among the night’s emotional highlights were the heartwarming story of Haatchi, a rescued dog who formed a life-changing bond with a young boy, and Baxter, a labrador who saved a six-year-old girl’s life when she suffered a seizure.
Baxter also provided the most hilarious moment of the night when he ran on stage and bowled Amanda over, exuberantly licking her face!
Human winners included inspirational teenager Lucy Gavaghan, who successfully campaigned to stop supermarkets selling eggs from caged hens and Mike Butcher, the RSPCA’s longest-serving frontline officer who defied death threats to bring some of Britain’s most notorious animal criminals to justice.
And TV comic Paul O’Grady collected an Outstanding Contribution award for his lifelong devotion to animal welfare
We’ve changed the categories this year, here is the full list:
HERO ANIMAL OF THE YEAR
For an animal that has shown outstanding courage.
BACK FROM THE BRINK AWARD
For an animal who has battled back from serious injury or neglect.
For an animal who has cared for and shown compassion to an individual.
CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR
For an individual or group conserving animals anywhere in the world.
SERVICES TO WILDLIFE
For an individual or group who has had an impact on the preservation and welfare of wildlife in Britain.
For an individual or group who used their initiative or risked their own safety to rescue an animal or animals.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANIMAL
For an animal who works in extreme conditions to protect and serve.
YOUNG ANIMAL HERO
For a young person who has built a strong relationship with animals or works to improve animal welfare.
For an animal who has inspired people with their spirit or courage.
NEXT GENERATION AWARD
For a young person who has been inspired to help preserve the future of animals, or an adult who has inspired the next generation.
Nominate your animal hero today at www.animalheroawards.co.uk
To help fund the RSPCA’s vital work, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/donate or call the 24hr donation line on 0800 988 1998