The RSPCA have awarded assistance dogs, vets, and dedicated young volunteers in a heartwarming ceremony at 195 Piccadilly, the famous home of BAFTA in London.
On Thursday evening (June 27), the RSPCA Honours ceremony was hosted by comedian John Bishop and attended by the RSPCA’s VIP supporters including Deborah Meaden, Peter Egan, Dougie Poynter and Kate Lawler.
Fourteen awards were given out on the night including to super Staffie Romeo who won the Service Animal award for his lifesaving work as a canine blood donor and a pet therapy dog and Ethan who won the Amazing Animal Award for assisting owner, Sally Whitney with her disability.
Canine Partners dog Ethan won the Amazing Animal Award for his partnership with owner Sally Whitney after she described him as giving her a ‘new lease of life’ and the confidence to work, get married and have more independence.
A veterinary initiative called StreetVet was also honoured for providing free accessible veterinary healthcare to pets of homeless people across the UK.
Speaking at the event John Bishop said: "Myself and my wife Melanie are great animal lovers and have rescue animals including pigs and dogs at our home - they are just like part of the family to us.
“It was a really special evening at the RSPCA Honours and I'm privileged to have been able to host it. The stories I have heard have been so inspiring and it goes to show that animals really do bring out the best in people.
“I have enjoyed hearing all about hero dogs such as Ethan and Romeo and learning more about amazing organisations out there such a StreetVet.
“The RSPCA do amazing work every day for animals, often in difficult circumstances and I am proud to have been able to play a part in the evening."
Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive at the RSPCA, said: “The RSPCA Honours are an opportunity to celebrate the amazing animals and outstanding people who work to improve animal welfare. We all share this goal to see a world where animals are treated with respect and compassion and so as the oldest and biggest animal welfare charity in England and Wales, the RSPCA takes great honour in celebrating these amazing individuals, animals, and incredible organisations at the RSPCA Honours awards.”
The RSPCA Honours is an opportunity to recognise and honour all these people and organisations that help to make the lives of animals better; through kindness, courage, determination and innovation. Awards are given for bravery, outstanding service and to recognise exceptional contributions to animal welfare.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website.