Stephanie Henkel, Global Animal

Give a round of "appaws" for the 2013 Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards. Photo Credit: Wetnose Animal Aid
Give a round of “appaws” for the 2013 Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards. Photo Credit: Wetnose Animal Aid

On Monday, March 11, 2013, animal lovers united for the 4th Annual Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards. Held in the famed London district of Knightsbridge, the ceremony applauds and acknowledges animal rescue centers across the UK. Wendy Turner-Webster, former presenter of the daytime British TV series Pet Rescue and an avid animal campaigner, hosted the award show for the fourth year in a row.

Many celebrities attended the humane event including Robert Powell, best known for his role in Jesus of Nazareth, Lesley Nicol from Downton Abbey, and Michelle Collins from Coronation Street. Anthea Turner, 2 Shoes, Helen Chamberlain, Denise Welsh, Neil Fox, and Virginia McKenna were also present to show support for the compassionate event.

The Animal Rescue Awards is sponsored by one of the UK’s leading pet food producers, Burgess Pet Care. The event was founded by the nonprofit organization Wetnose Animal Aid—whose mission is to provide financial and informational support to animal sanctuaries while raising public awareness about animal issues. The ceremony aims to highlight the struggles and difficulties animal rescue centers are faced with while recognizing their valuable work and contributions to animals.

The award categories for rescue centers include Best Rescue Center for Small Animals, Best Rescue Center for Dogs, Best Rescue Center for Wildlife, and many more. Some of the winners of the night included Inky, the dog from Merseyside, for Best Rescue Pet and Henry, the Springer from Devon, for Best Rescue Story.

After the 4th Annual Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards commenced, the director of Wetnose Animal Aid, Andrea Gamby-Boulger, commented, “We are delighted to have held the 4th Annual Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards to support the fantastic work that rescue centers across the UK are doing under the radar and a lot of the time without any recognition or thanks. The work these independent rescue centers do is crucial for animals around the UK, and some of the rescue stories we’ve heard today really prove how worthwhile their work is. I’d also like to thank all the celebrities who attended; their support in raising awareness of this issue is invaluable.”

Make sure to catch the Genesis Awards Benefit Gala this Saturday, March 23, which honors public figures who shed light on animal-related issues.

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