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Animal Hero Awards 2017


Yesterday evening, Thursday 7 September, saw our fifth ever Animal Hero Awards ceremony, which we’ve been running with The Daily Mirror since 2013.

Animal Hero Awards 2017

The Animal Hero Awards are all about honoring the achievements of some truly incredible animals, and celebrating people from across the country who have shown an outstanding commitment to the animal welfare cause.

Every awards ceremony so far has seen hearts warmed, lots of laughter, and sometimes even tears. There’s glamour, there’s excitement, and above all, there are inspirational stories to celebrate. Last night was no exception.

Here are just a few of winners, a full list of all the incredible people and animals who were presented with awards last night is available for download
Animal Hero Awards Winners 2017 (PDF 86KB)

Storm Burgess, winner of the Young Animal Hero Award

Storm Burgess is only twelve-years-old, but over the last year she has managed to raise over £12,000 for 16 animal charities! This is despite having to deal with her own serious health problems. The Young Animal Hero Award recognises her impressive work to improve animal welfare.

The kind-hearted Sheffield girl has been baking and selling buns, running charity nights, organising raffles and tombolas, and even donating her own pocket money. She delivers all the money she raises for the animal charities in person.

Emerald, winner of the Back From the Brink Award


The Back From the Brink Award is presented to animals who survived, and battled back to health from, serious injuries or neglect. Emerald – an Arab mare who was rescued by Bransby Horses in January 2016 – is this years deserving winner.

When Emerald was first rescued, she was too weak to stand. She was emaciated, riddled with lice, and her feet were overgrown. Staff at Bransby describe her as one of the most challenging cases they had ever seen. It took Emerald four weeks to gain the strength to stand without help. She’s now recovered to full health, and thriving!

Irma, winner of the Caring Animal of the Year Award

Irma the loving Spaniel received the Caring Animal Award to commemorate the huge difference that she’s made to war veteran Paul Wilkie’s life. Irma was matched with Paul, who suffers from PTSD, through military charity Glen Art’s Bravehound project, and has been his constant companion ever since.

Before Paul met Irma, he was living in isolation and waking up alone with terrifying flashbacks. Now he has Irma by his side, and he’s able to get out every day – meeting people and having fun. Even when Paul was hospitalised, Irma was given special permission to accompany him, and spent every day next to him.

Sally Field, winner of the RSPCA Superstar Award

Sally Field

Sally is one of our incredible volunteers, helping out at our Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey, walking dogs, working at the snack bar, and helping with fundraising events. Amazingly, she’s also 98 years old!

Sally has volunteered at Millbrook Animal Centre for over forty years, and has helped raised thousands of pounds for animals at the centre.

Sally, dressed in a beautiful pink shirt, was presented with her award by the Loose Women presenters Stacey Soloman and Andrea McLean. She also received a special televised message of congratulations from Simon Cowell, who described her as a very special person.

The full list of winners is available for download here: Animal Hero Awards Winners 2017 (PDF 86KB)

Do you have an Animal Hero?

Yesterday’s ceremony was a night to remember, and we’re already looking forward to next year. The good news is, nominations for the 2018 Animal Hero Awards are open already!

Do you know an inspiring character - a person, an animal or even a team - who deserves to be part of our 2018 awards ceremony? Put in a pitch for your hero on the Animal Hero Awards’ website.

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