Sunday, 12 August 2012
Rewards for our rescue pets
THE SUNDAY EXPRESS AND THE BURGESS WETNOSE ANIMAL RESCUE AWARDS
ARE IN SEARCH OF BRITAIN’S BEST RESCUE PET
The Sunday Express has teamed up with Company of Animals to hold the 4th Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards 2013 to give a round of applause to all abandoned animals who, through strength and determination, have returned to health and happiness thanks to UK rescue centres or loving new owners. Moving film clips by Nautical Films will give the event a very emotional extravaganza, these annual awards seek to recognise and raise awareness of the tireless work small rescue centres and our nation do for caring and rehoming abandoned animals. The Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards are urging the general public to nominate a pet who having been rescued is now in a loving home and fighting fit, showcasing the sterling work of UK animal enthusiasts.
Owners who have rescued an animal are encouraged to nominate their pet, like last year’s winner who was Robbie the Staffie who was stolen and made to fight other dogs and because he was winning was then set on fire! He did survive thanks to the All Dogs Matter Rescue Charity.
Nominations can be made for a rescued pet who you feel deserves support and recognition for their rehabilitation by visiting www.wetnoseanimalaid.com.
In addition to ‘Best Rescue Pet’, the awards also include a ‘Best Rescue Centre’ for categories such as birds, cats, dogs, small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas), horses and donkeys. We also have an award for Best Vets Surgery as well so it’s not just Rescue centres who are encouraged to nominate themselves for these awards.
The winner, judged by a panel that includes representatives from Wetnose Animal Aid, Burgess Pet Care, The London Dog Forum, and celebrity supporters Peter Egan and TV Vet Zara Bolland, will be invited to a star-studded award ceremony in London in March 2013.
Last year’s attendees included Dame Judy Dench, Annette Crosbie, Rula Lenska, Sam Fox, Peter Egan, Lorraine Chase, Rick Wakeman and many more.
Andrea Gamby-Boulger, director of Wetnose Animal Aid, says: “In a time of recession and cut backs, rescue centres are under great pressure due to neglected pets, and this work often goes unnoticed. The Burgess Wetnose Rescue Animal Awards aims to highlight these passionate individuals, who selflessly devote their time to helping animals in need. It’s not a job it’s a way of life, and a very stressful and emotional one that demands 24/7 commitment. With the help of the Sunday Express, we give recognition to someone special who has gone above and beyond to rescue pets themselves, they are our forgotten heroes of the animal world!”
Justin Heaton from Burgess Pet Care, said: “We are delighted to sponsor and show our support to the Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards once again this year. The awards reflect our ethos at Burgess Pet Care perfectly, a dedication to helping and caring for the UK’s animals. We are committed to supporting these smaller, independent rescue centres through food donations, our rescue loyalty scheme and dedicated website to rehome unwanted pets.”
To enter, visit www.wetnoseanimalaid.com and fill in the simple online form, or download it and submit it by post before the closing date of 30/9/2012.