Winners Announced For Petplans First Animal Charity Awards
3rd May, 2013 16h37
All the finalists
Following a nationwide search to find the UKs top animal charity workers Petplan, the UKs largest pet insurance provider, has announced the winners of the brand new Petplan and Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) Animal Charity Awards.
In its first ever year, the awards celebrate the outstanding work of animal charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. The awards are the brainchild of Petplan in association with the ADCH and recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment of charity teams, volunteers and employees.
Simon Masding, Petplans head of sales and partnerships said, We are delighted with the success of the first Animal Charity Awards. We saw over 3,400 nominations from adopters, charity staff and volunteers and had an outstanding selection of finalists. Id like to congratulate all of the winners who thoroughly deserve their awards.
He added: Animal wellbeing is central to all we do at Petplan. We work with over 1,500 animal charities and give over £2million to assist them every year. The Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards is another way for us to support and recognise the teams and individuals at charities dedicated to improving the lives of animals.
The winners for each of the categories are:
Animal Charity Team of the Year
Greyhound Rescues dedication at assessing prospective new owners impressed the judges. The charity work carefully to match the correct dog to their new owner. The combination of careful assessment, match making and post-homing support means that the charity has a very low rate of returned hounds.
Animal Charity Volunteer of the Year
Alan Shields, Hope Rescue, South Glamorgan
What really stood out for the judges was Alans dedication to finding dogs new homes. Alan enthusiastically updates the charitys forum with photos and information on dogs available for fostering. Due to these updates Alan has managed to rehome a huge number of dogs with relative ease.
Animal Charity Employee of the Year
Sarah Connolly, Paws Animal Rescue, County Tipperary
Sarahs sheer compassion towards the plight of the animals really shone through and her dedication to nursing them to health is commendable. Sarah is a clear asset to the team.
Petplan Charitable Trust Welfare Grant
Rain Rescues mission is to help pets in crisis situations, primarily dogs at risk of being needlessly destroyed in stray and lost kennels, plus cats and kittens abandoned on the street. A relatively small charity, the dedicated volunteers have saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats since the charity was founded in 2002.
For further information go to www.petplan.co.uk/charityawards