In November 2014 I had the honour of being nominated for, and winning, an award in the Daily Mirror / RSPCA Animal Hero Awards.

The Daily Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Awards recognise the UK’s most devoted animals and the people who work to help animals.

The ceremony, hosted by actress Amanda Holden at the Grosvenor House in London, celebrates the special bond that exists between man and beast and the lengths each will go to to help the other.

I was amazed to win the Animal Enthusiast of the Year award, which was presented to me by Bill Oddie.

The full list of winners were:

Caring Animal of the Year – Gandalf the dog
(Vets 4 Pets)
Rescue Animal of the Year – Joey the capuchin monkey
(Support Adoption For Pets)
Outstanding Business Award of the Year – Powerhouse Property Services
Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year – Dominik Reynolds
(Pets at home)
Animal Enthusiast of the Year – Caroline Gould
(Sponsored by More Than)
RSPCA Superstar of the Year – Hayley Plows (RSPCA)
Editor’s Choice Award – East Winch Seal Rescue Project
(Daily Mirror)
Hero Animal of the Year – Henry the springer spaniel (RSPCA)
Public Service Animal of the Year – Fuzz the German Shepherd,
developed by handler PC Craig Calthorpe
(Animal Friends Pet Insurance)
Special Recognition Award – Jason Dyer, Dean Rostock and Danny Vere
(Natural Instinct Dog & Cat Food)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Lisa Miella, veterinary surgeon
(Animal Friends Pet Insurance)
Celeb Supporter of the Year – Dr Brian May, CBE.
(Natural Health)