Wetnose Awards:Winner of the Hero Award – Nowzad Dogs

An Afghan dog’s life is not one of comfort at the best of times; hunting for scraps of food or hiding from the hot sun during the summer and the freezing cold of an Afghan winter night. Sadly, many animals in Afghanistan are mistreated and abused by locals, with children often not knowing any better and thinking they are just playing.

In November 2006, 42 Commando Royal Marines (Kilo Company) arrived in the war torn town of Now Zad in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Their mission was to provide stability for the local people during a period of ever decreasing security.

Within a few days of arrival, Royal Marine Sergeant Pen Farthing, broke up a dog fight that was taking place outside their compound. So grateful of the lifesaving act, one of the dogs befriended him. I couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes,” said Sergeant Farthing,”The now, very former, fighting dog, became my buddy and found himself a name – Nowzad.”

It transpired that it wasn’t only the local people that needed their help. Sergeant Farthing went on to rescue another two undernourished strays, ‘RPG and ‘Jena’, from the onslaught of the extreme Afghan winter. Shortly after, ‘Tali’ crept in under the gate carrying six puppies followed by an injured ‘AK’.

In the Marines’ compound, Pen Farthing and two fellow Marines built the dogs a modest run and a mortar shelter for safety and warmth. The dogs went from scavenging food to eating two meals a day courtesy of the left over military rations that the Royal Marines didn’t eat.

At the end of the deployment, there was no way that Pen could leave the dogs behind so a plan was hatched to transport them to an animal rescue centre in the north of the country. Dog owners globally heard of the determination and compassion that the marines had shown in their attempts to rescue the dogs and so the charity Nowzad Dogs was formed during May 2007.

Sadly, many animals in Afghanistan are mistreated and abused by locals, with children often not knowing any better. It is vital as part of Nowzad Dogs work and overall mission to educate children on animal welfare.

In 2013, Nowzad and Wetnose launched an education campaign that will send 250 footballs, retired footballer Duncan Ferguson and a TV crew to Afghanistan to film Duncan and children playing with footballs saying ‘kick a ball not a puppy.’

The aim is to educate young Afghan children that animals feel pain and are not inanimate objects. They will provide footballs, clothing and shoes enabling the children to play football properly while also raising awareness of the problem back in the UK.

As a result of their tireless work, Nowzad Dogs has been shortlisted in the Hero Award category of the 2013 Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards, which took place in Knightsbridge on Monday 11th March.

To find out more about the Wetnose Awards 2013 check out our ‘Wetnose Winners’ blog post http://www.burgesspetcare.co.uk/blog/wetnose-awards-winners-2013

Wetnose Awards 2013:Winner of Best Rescue Story – Henry the Springer from Devon

Henry is a loyal English Springer Spaniel who was abandoned by his previous owner, but went on to save his current owner’s life.

Left alone in a house for several weeks by his first owner who worked at the other end of the country, his noisy pleas when food and water ran out successfully caught the attention of neighbours. Henry was put in boarding kennels next time his owner went away for work. He was never collected.

Here, Henry was diagnosed and almost died from a severe stomach virus, but managed to fight through it. He was extremely underweight, his coat was matted and stained with urine, he had infected ears and his skin and nose were very sore. The biggest challenge was overcoming the problems with his mental health – he was scared of everything, hated closed doors, was obsessed with food and couldn’t be left alone.

In the summer of 2008, Henry was lucky enough to be adopted by Julie who had also been going through a challenging time in the last few years herself, after being diagnosed with ME Fibromyalgia and diabetes in 2004. They bonded instantly and Julie helped to nurse him back to full health as the loving and happy dog he once was.

They became inseparable and, in return for her kindness, Henry offered his owner support through her illnesses. Henry forced her to focus her attention on him when she suffered a panic attack, he gradually helped her to regain her confidence around people, he warned her when her blood sugar levels were low just from the smell of her breath, he helped her through mourning after her father passed away and, most amazingly, saved Julie’s life in August 2010.

Suffering with, what was thought to be, general ill-health, Julie was asleep on the sofa sleeping off the pain while her mother was doing housework. Henry started acting very strangely pulling her mother over to the sofa, while barking and pawing at Julie. It was then that her mother realised she was burning up unconscious. It turned out to be septicaemia and an operation was performed to remove some infected tissue from her leg. If Julie had been left any longer then she wouldn’t have survived.

Despite everything he went through, Henry is a truly man’s best friend and gives his owner,  Julie, continuous support and hope that she too can overcome anything.

To find out more about the Wetnose Awards 2013 check out our ‘Wetnose Winners’ blog post http://www.burgesspetcare.co.uk/blog/wetnose-awards-winners-2013

Wetnose Awards 2013:Winner of Best Rescue Pet – Inky the dog from Merseyside

On the coldest day of the year in February 2012, a family found an abandoned puppy lying lifeless in a gutter. The nine-week-old Shar Pei was close to death, but refused to give up and survived against all odds.

He was rushed to the nearest veterinary practice where a team of vets and nurses sprang into action to try and save his life. He was emaciated, dehydrated and hypothermic. All his veins had collapsed, which made it difficult to administer much needed fluids.  He was so weak that he lay flat on his side and couldn’t even lift his head but, as they tried to gently warm him up, his little tail wagged a little as though he knew they were trying to help him.

It was touch and go as to whether he would survive the night. Staff at the veterinary practice decided to name him ‘Inky’ as no animal should die unwanted, without an identity.

Thankfully Inky survived the night and continued to become stronger and stronger over the next few days. His appetite grew and he gradually put on weight, but Inky wasn’t out of the woods yet. Once he was strong enough to stand and walk around it was discovered that both of his front legs were badly deformed due to malnutrition. The bones had grown slowly and incorrectly as he had been half starved at such a crucial growing stage in his life.

He was fostered by a member of staff who nurtured him back to health while following all of the vet’s advice on helping his legs. He was given physiotherapy every day, but it didn’t help and so he had to endure weeks of wearing splints on both legs. Inky took to his splints well and was patient and behaved every time they were changed.

Inky was then blessed with finding a wonderful, loving home where he was to be spoilt rotten and, after weeks of wearing his splints, he was finally given the all clear.

Inky truly is an inspiration – a happy and healthy six-month-old puppy despite being given such a horrible start to life by his previous owners.

To find out more about the Wetnose Awards 2013 check out our ‘Wetnose Winners’ blog post http://www.burgesspetcare.co.uk/blog/wetnose-awards-winners-2013

Wetnose Awards Winners 2013

Founded by not-for-profit organisation Wetnose Animal Aid, the annual Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards, recognise the valuable and endless work small, independent rescue centres do in caring for and rehoming abandoned and unwanted animals in the UK and overseas.

The awards also honour the ‘Best Rescue Centre’ for categories such as small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas), cats, dogs, horses and wildlife. Headline sponsor Burgess Pet Care, one of the UK’s leading producers of pet food, also gave out awards for the Best Rescue Story and the Best Rescue Pet.

Burgess Pet Care's MD - Paul Miley at the awards with his dog Reef

  • Inky the dog from Merseyside for Best Rescue Pet
  • Henry the Springer from Devon for Best Rescue Story
  • German Shepherd Dog Rescue in Herefordshire for Best Breed Rescue Centre
  • Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary  in North Somerset for Best Cat Rescue Centre
  • Doris Banham Dog Rescue in London for Best Dog Rescue Centre
  • Equine Market Watch Sanctuaries UK in Worcester for Best Horse Rescue Centre
  • New Life Parrot Rescue  in St Neots for Best Bird/Parrot Rescue Centre
  • The Rabbit Residence Rescue in Hertfordshire for Best Small Animal Rescue Centre
  • Wildlife Aid Foundation in Surrey for Best Wildlife Rescue Centre
  • Grove Lodge Vets in Southwick for Best Vet Surgery
  • Mayhew Animal Home in London honoured with the Lester Middlehurst Award
  • Nowzad Dogs in Plymouth for the Hero Award
  • Medical Detection Dogs  in Milton Keynes for Best Service Award
  • Greyhounds In Need in Middlesex for Best Welfare Success Award
  • Animals Asia for Life Time Achievement Award.

REWARD OUR RESCUES – BURGESS WETNOSE ANIMAL RESCUE AWARDS 2012

THE BURGESS WETNOSE ANIMAL RESCUE AWARDS 2012 ARE CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS

The Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards 2012 are calling on independent rescue centres, in the UK, to step forward and nominate themselves for some much deserved recognition and the chance to win a cash donation for their rescue centre.

The star-studded annual Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards seek to recognise and raise awareness of the tireless work small rescue centres do in caring for and rehoming abandoned and unwanted animals. The awards are urging independent rescue centres, to nominate themselves to be recognised for their dedication and continued hard work.

If you feel your rescue centre deserves rewarding for its dedication to helping the nation’s abandoned animals you can nominate yourself by visiting www.wetnoseanimalaid.com.

Awards include ’Best Rescue Centre’ for categories such as dogs, cats, small animals (rodents), fibrevores (rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas), horses and donkeys and wildlife.  There is also a breed specific category for ‘Best Greyhound Rescue’ as this breed of dog is commonly found in rescues as a result of the racing industry. Each winner receives a trophy and a cash donation towards the on-going cost of running their rescue centre.

The winning rescue centres, judged by a panel that includes representatives from Wetnose Animal Aid, Burgess Pet Care, The London Dog Forum and celebrity supporters Peter Egan and Marc the Vet, will be invited to a star-studded award ceremony in London in March 2012. Last year’s celebrity attendees included supporters Brian May, Martin Clunes, Virginia McKenna, Anthea Turner, Jenny Seagrove, John Altman, Graham Cole, Lorriane Chase and many more.

Andrea Gamby-Boulger, director of Wetnose Animal Aid, says: “In a time of recession in particular, rescue centres are under even more pressure due to an influx of animals and pets that people no longer want, and small independent rescue centres’ vital work often goes unnoticed to that of the better known centres. Many smaller centres lack fundraising abilities, compared to larger centres, and this often results in dedicated individuals going without weekends or holidays to cover the amount of help needed. Many of these centres have had a drop of 45% in donations over the last two years, which means more support is needed for their work to continue.

“The Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards aim to highlight the work of these passionate individuals, who selflessly devote their time to helping animals in need. Recognition of this hard work can mean the difference between them carrying on and giving up, so it is important to say thank you even just by nominating!”

Naomi Chatterley, marketing manager at Burgess Pet Care, headline sponsors of the awards, said: “We are delighted to sponsor and show our support for the Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards once again this year. The awards reflect our ethos at Burgess Pet Care perfectly, a dedication to helping and caring for the UK’s pets. We are committed to supporting these smaller, independent rescue centres and have a number of schemes in place specially to help them including food donations, our rescue loyalty scheme and a dedicated website to rehome unwanted pets.”

For further information about Burgess Pet Care’s rescue food and loyalty scheme call 0800 413 969.

To nominate your centre for an award, visit www.wetnoseanimalaid.com and fill in the simple online form, or download it and submit it by post before the closing date of 30/09/2011.


Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards – Winners

A-List Celebrities And Their Pets Applaud The UK’s Top Animal Rescue Centres

A whole host of celebrities and their famous furries descended on Westminster to join and honour their less fortunate furry friends at the star-studded Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011.

Celebrities including Queen’s Brian May, actor Martin Clunes and TV presenter Anthea Turner, played second fiddle to those at the event who have gone over and above the call of duty to rescue less fortunate animals, and of course a host of saved animals and pets including dogs, donkeys and rabbits.

Founded by not-for-profit organisation Wetnose Animal Aid, the annual star-studded Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards recognises the valuable and tireless work of small, independent rescue centres that help abandoned animals in the UK and overseas. The event also seeks to raise awareness of the fantastic job centres do in rescuing, caring for and re-homing thousands of unwanted and abandoned animals, whilst honouring the hardworking individuals who devote their time to helping thousands of animals in need.

Winners at the event included:

-       Best dog rescue centre – Lizzie’s  Barn Animal Sanctuary in Wales

-       Best cat rescue centre – Chestnut Cat Rescue in Essex

-       Best small animal (rodent) centre – Herts Hogline in Hertfordshire.

-       Best ‘fibrevore’ rescue centre (rabbit/guinea/chinchilla) – Fat Fluffs Rabbit Rescue in Solihull.

-       Best greyhound rescue centre – Celia Cross Greyhound Rescue in Surrey

-       Best horse rescue centre – Remus Horse Memorial Sanctuary in Surrey

-       Best rescue story – Penny (dog) – case study below

-       Best rescue pet – Blue the Border Collie – case study below

Lizzie's Barn Animal Sanctuary were awared Best Dog Rescue

There were also additional special recognition awards for the following organisations:

-       Joint winners of the Police dog of the year – Jasper and Cain from the Cumbrian Police Force

-       National Dog Team  – UK Border Control Dogs

-       Boon Lott Elephants in Thailand  - Elephant Rescue Centre

-       Ace Animal Care in Egypt Presented by Martin Clunes

-       Lifetime achievement award for Virginia McKenna,  Founder – Born Free Foundation in Africa, presented by Brian May (Queen)

Brian May presents Virginia McKenna with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Andrea Gamby-Boulger, director of Wetnose Animal Aid, says: “Sadly every year thousands of animals are left abandoned, putting their lives in danger.

“The Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards are truly unique and give a platform to recognise and celebrate the wonderful work and achievements of independent rescue centres. Many of these organisations are often overshadowed by the larger, well-known centres that receive more donations and legacies from the general public – but their work is no less vital.

Our national awards are a great way to showcase the big difference the UK’s rescue centres make to the lives and wellbeing of animals.”

Celebrity supporter of the awards and an avid animal campaigner, Brian May, adds: “The awards are an important part of the growing movement to give animals the respect we need to learn to give them.  It is a moral necessity to change our attitudes to the other creatures on this planet, just as it was a moral necessity to abolish slavery and the very future of the human race depends on making this change in our behaviour. I am honoured to be a part of the Wetnose Burgess Awards ceremony.”

Headline sponsor Burgess Pet Care, one of the UK’s leading producers of high quality pet foods, is giving out awards for the best rescue centre story, best rescue pet and the coveted award for best overall UK small independent rescue centre.

Naomi Chatterley, marketing manager at Burgess Pet Care and sponsor of the awards, comments: “We are delighted to support and be involved in the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards and fully support their aims and ethos. We are a company of pet lovers and owners who are committed to helping and supporting rescue centres and their valuable work, through our ‘Forever Promise’. Consisting of a number of initiatives, this promise includes our rescue loyalty scheme, which aims to help rescues with food so that they can spend money on other essential areas in helping pets find their forever homes.”

For further information on the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011 visit www.wetnoseanimalaid.com or for further details on Burgess Pet Care, its ranges and the work it does with rescue centres across the country visit www.burgesspetcare.co.uk


CASE STUDIES

PENNY – WINNER OF BEST RESCUE STORY

Penny’s story touches the heart of everybody that meets her; she fell pregnant and was tied underneath a caravan and deserted. Managing to free herself, Penny then tried to find somewhere safe to have her puppies however got caught and unfortunately lost her leg. Despite this horrific experience and treatment by humans, her owner Ellen describes Penny as extremely trusting, loving and affectionate. She says she has a therapeutic effect on her and her life and taking her into their family is the best thing she has ever done.

Penny with Martin Clunes and her trophy

Upon meeting Penny her happiness is clear, and it seems her unfortunate life experience is long behind her thanks to the help of rescue centres and loving owners like Jonathan and Ellen. Undeniably, Penny thoroughly deserved the award of best rescue story at The Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards.

BLUE – WINNER OF BEST RESCUE PET

When Karen was asked to assist in rescuing a Border Collie that had been neglected by its owners, he had no idea that it would result in him gaining a new pet.

Blue had been kept in an overgrown shed for the past eight years and it had become so overgrown that it was practically inaccessible. After bathing Blue, she took him to a veterinary dental surgery. After a series of blood tests, Blue was surprisingly deemed as healthy despite his eight year stint locked in the garden shed. Although his teeth needed work, as he had staples stuck in his gums from trying to gnaw himself out of the shed. After having 14 teeth out and several splinters removed from his front legs, Blue’s recovery was swift despite his obvious pain.

Blue, with his award, Anthea Turner and Brian May

However, 13 months later Blue collapsed due to a suspected Splenetic tumour that the vets indicated could potentially be cancerous. At his age this was not a good prognosis, but Karen gave the go ahead for the operation and said goodbye in anticipation for the worst. Blue actually had a cyst and, after having a huge 60% of his liver removed, he quickly recovered to the amazement of everyone around him.

Blue was the winner of the best rescue pet award at The 2011 Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards.

We would like to thank all those who entered, and for their tireless work at rescue centres throughout the UK.

Thanks to all who made the day a great success!

Famous Furries Put Their Paws Together For Wetnose

A whole host of celebrities and their famous furries are descending on Westminster today to join and honour their less fortunate furry friends at the star-studded Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011.

Celebrities including Queen’s Brian May, actor Martin Clunes and TV presenter Anthea Turner, will play second fiddle to those at the event who have gone over and above the call of duty to rescue less fortunate animals, and of course a host of saved animals and pets including dogs, donkeys and rabbits.

Founded by not-for-profit organisation Wetnose Animal Aid, the annual star-studded Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards recognises the valuable and tireless work of small, independent rescue centres that help abandoned animals in the UK and overseas. The event also seeks to raise awareness of the fantastic job centres do in rescuing, caring for and re-homing thousands of unwanted and abandoned animals, whilst honouring the hardworking individuals who devote their time to helping thousands of animals in need.

Andrea Gamby-Boulger, director of Wetnose Animal Aid, says: “Sadly every year thousands of animals are left abandoned, putting their lives in danger.

“The Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards are truly unique and give a platform to recognise and celebrate the wonderful work and achievements of independent rescue centres. Many of these organisations are often overshadowed by the larger, well-known centres that receive more donations and legacies from the general public – but their work is no less vital.

Our national awards are a great way to showcase the big difference the UK’s rescue centres make to the lives and wellbeing of animals.”

Celebrity supporter of the awards and an avid animal campaigner, Brian May, adds: “The awards are an important part of the growing movement to give animals the respect we need to learn to give them.  It is a moral necessity to change our attitudes to the other creatures on this planet, just as it was a moral necessity to abolish slavery and the very future of the human race depends on making this change in our behaviour. I am honoured to be a part of the Wetnose Burgess Awards ceremony.”

Headline sponsor Burgess Pet Care, one of the UK’s leading producers of high quality pet foods, is giving out awards for the best rescue centre story, best rescue pet and the coveted award for best overall UK small independent rescue centre.

Naomi Chatterley, marketing manager at Burgess Pet Care and sponsor of the awards, comments: “We are delighted to support and be involved in the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards and fully support their aims and ethos. We are a company of pet lovers and owners who are committed to helping and supporting rescue centres and their valuable work, through our ‘Forever Promise’. Consisting of a number of initiatives, this promise includes our rescue loyalty scheme, which aims to help rescues with food so that they can spend money on other essential areas in helping pets find their forever homes.”

For further information on the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011 visit www.wetnoseanimalaid.com or for further details on Burgess Pet Care, its ranges and the work it does with rescue centres across the country visit www.burgesspetcare.co.uk