The search is on to find Britain’s bravest animal and human heroes!

Animal Hero Awards Logo 2014We’re looking for the Animal Hero of the Year, Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year, Public Service Animal of the Year and other unsung heroes of the human and animal world!

The Animal Hero Awards is now in its second year and is a joint partnership between us and the Mirror newspaper. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the most inspiring examples of bravery, dedication and resilience in the animal world.

We want to hear your heart-warming and inspiring stories. If you know someone or an animal that deserves to be recognised then nominate them for an Animal Hero Award!

Bravery, courage and compassion

RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 2013

David Canavan of the RSPCA said:

“We are delighted the Animal Hero Awards celebrates the bond between people and animals. The RSPCA was formed 190 years ago, and throughout that time we have been inspired by incredible stories of bravery, courage and compassion between animals and humans.

“Despite the shocking things we see on a day-to-day basis, the RSPCA firmly believes that we are a nation of animal lovers, and now is the perfect time to recognise and celebrate this.”

The two special RSPCA awards we’ll be handing out are:

Hero Animal of the Year

For an animal that has shown outstanding courage in a time of crisis.

Last year’s Animal Hero of the Year was Ellie the greyhound, a ten-year-old former racing dog from the West Midlands who spent years living in a concrete kennel with little food or bedding. She now spends weekends fundraising for Greyhound Rescue West of England and helps foster dogs adjust to their lives post-rescue. She can even sense when an older dog is at the end of their life and cuddles them during their final hours.

RSPCA Superstar of the Year

An award for an RSPCA employee or volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution in 2014.

Last year our inspectors, staff and volunteers:

Investigated 153,770 complaints of alleged cruelty
• Carried out 181,678 treatments for sick and injured animals
• Rehomed more than 11,000 dogs and nearly 30,800 cats
• Cared for 14,891 wild animals at our wildlife centres

RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 2013

Nominations need to be made no later than Friday, 17 October to be considered for the 2014 awards.

All winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony, hosted by animal lover Amanda Holden, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on Wednesday November, 26, so get nominating today!

Get nominating!

If you know a person or an animal that deserves to be recognised then nominate them for an Animal Hero Award today!