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Nominations are open for the IFAW Animal Action Awards!

Nominations are open for the IFAW Animal Action Awards!

The International Fund for Animal Welfare fights for the rights of all creatures great and small

GSN readers are urged to nominate their animal heroes to receive a prestigious award, ahead of October’s International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Animal Action Awards!

Held annually to nominate very special people from around the UK who go that extra mile to help our animal friends.

And IFAW needs GSN readers to help find the most worthy award recipients.

Every year, IFAW honors the achievements of outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to animal welfare, at a ceremony at the House of Lords in the company of Lords, Ladies, MPs, celebrities and other VIP guests – and far more importantly, fellow animal loving nominees along with their supportive families and friends.

Last October IFAW honored the achievements of 11 award winners for their outstanding work to help animals and people [below].

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Previous winners highlighted by GSN include lesbian couple Emma Billington and Louise Fields who were awarded for their dedication to rescuing more than 100 ‘death row’ dogs.

IFAW UK Director Philip Mansbridge said: ‘Our awards are all about honoring individuals from all walks of life around the UK who have shown remarkable dedication to caring for the animals that share our planet.

‘Often these people have gone to extraordinary lengths to rescue or protect wild or domestic animals and this is a fantastic opportunity to highlight more unsung heroes and inspire the next generation.’

Last year’s winners’ tales of commitment and passion to help animals were as inspiring as ever.

Winners included Joan Lockley who set up the West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue and has rescued more than 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs, Martin Hemmington from Northamptonshire who created a network of volunteers across the UK to protect foxes and Ray Jackson from Cheshire who has educated more than 50,000 children and adults about conservation and the environment whilst also running a wildlife hospital.

But, it’s not just humans who go that extra mile that IFAW is looking for! They also need your help to find a very special animal winner. Last year IFAW honored a golden Labrador dog called Maisie who can detect when her young owner, who suffers from diabetes, needs insulin to prevent her from falling into a dangerous coma.

You can nominate any person or animal in the UK who you think deserves one of IFAW’s 2016 Animal Action Awards.

It could be someone who runs a rescue centre or a wildlife sanctuary, a volunteer who gives up their time to help animals or teach children all about them, a young fundraiser, a campaigner on animal or conservation issues, or a pet or working animal who has made a remarkable difference to someone’s life.

The 2016 Animal Action Awards will be presented on Tuesday 18 October at the House of Lords. Please ensure that you get your nomination in by 30 June at the latest and send it either via email at [email protected] or the online form. For more information about IFAW, click here.