ARE YOU THE NEXT WETNOSE WINNER? Nominations are now open for the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011

Animal rescue centres nationwide are being called upon to nominate themselves for the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011.

Founded by not-for-profit organisation Wetnose Animal Aid, the annual Wetnose Awards, now in their second year, recognise the valuable and tireless work of small, independent rescue centres that help animals in the UK and overseas.

The awards seek to raise awareness of the fantastic job centres do in rescuing, caring for and rehoming abandoned animals, whilst highlighting the passionate, hardworking individuals ‘behind the scenes’ who selflessly devote their time to helping animals in need.

Headline sponsor Burgess Pet Care, one of the UK’s leading producers of high quality pet foods, is encouraging rescue centres across the country to give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back by nominating themselves for the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011.

The winning rescue centres, judged by a panel that includes leading animal behaviourist Roger Mugford, will be invited to a glittering afternoon awards ceremony in London in March 2011. The winner’s of each category will also have the opportunity to compete for a £500 cash prize for their centre and be awarded the ultimate title of ‘Wetnose Burgess Best UK Rescue Centre 2011’.

The inaugural Wetnose Awards in March 2010 was a star-studded affair, attracting widespread media attention and an array of animal-loving celebrities, including TV presenter Nick Knowles, Emmerdale’s Lorraine Chase and MP Ann Widdicome.

Andrea Gamby-Boulger, director of Wetnose Animal Aid, says: “The Wetnose 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. The awards are a great way to showcase the big difference these rescue centres make in their own individual ways.”

Awards include ‘Best Rescue Story’ and ‘Best Rescue Centre…’ for categories such as dogs, cats, small animals (rodents), fibrevores (rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas) and horses & donkeys.

Nomination forms are available to download at www.wetnoseanimalaid.com and can either be completed online or printed and submitted by post before the closing date of 30th October 2010.

Simply fill in the details of your rescue centre, or the rescue centre you would like to nominate, and tell us in no more than 1,500 words why your nominated centre deserves to be a Wetnose Burgess Award winner. Optional supporting materials, such as images and case studies, welcome.

Naomi Chatterley, marketing manager, Burgess Pet Care, comments: “We’re delighted to sponsor and be involved in the Wetnose Burgess Rescue Awards 2011 and fully support their aims and ethos. The awards are a natural fit for Burgess Pet Care. Our business is run by pet-owning, animal lovers and is committed to helping and supporting rescue centres, particularly the smaller independents, and their valuable work through food donations, rescue loyalty scheme, our dedicated website to rehome unwanted pets and promoting the wider messages of responsible pet ownership through education.”

For further information on the Wetnose Awards 2011 and to download a nomination form visit www.wetnoseanimalaid.com or call Andrea Gamby-Boulger on (0)1508 518 650

For details on Burgess Pet Care, its ranges and the work it does with rescue centres across the country visit www.burgesspetcare.co.uk

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