Pebzz spent a wonderful afternoon with International Cat Care at their annual awards ceremony at Church House, Westminster, London.
The annual event celebrates the achievements of the charity and plays homage to those individuals and companies who have shown a real commitment and dedication to improving the health and welfare of cats.
This year’s awards also celebrated the charity’s 60th birthday and were attended by some of iCatCare’s key supporters from the animal welfare sector, together with companies and organisations who have helped, sponsored and supported the charity over its 60 years.
International Cat Care’s patron, Lord Guy Black opened the awards ceremony, paying tribute to the work of the charity which was summed up in a fascinating video outlining the achievements made by International Cat Care in the past 60 years. Professor Stuart Carmichael, iCatCare’s chairman was then on hand to present the awards:
Easy to Give Awards – recognising pharmaceutical companies which have made it easier to give medication to cats
Dechra for Felimazole Coated Tablets for Cats
Zoetis for Stronghold Plus spot-on solution for cats
Zoetis for VibraVet Paste
Bayer for Seresto flea and tick collar for cats
Cat Friendly Awards – recognising products which have made a difference to cat wellbeing
ProtectaPet for Cat Fencing Solutions
Coastline Global for Kit4Cat Cat Urine Sample Collection Sand
Sure Petcare for its SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect with Hub
Distance Education Awards – recognising the best students on the International Society of Feline Medicine’s Vet Nursing courses
Sarah Hayward and Rachael Hodgeson for best results achieved in the Certificate in Feline Nursing
Margaret Hodgeson for the best result received in the Diploma in Feline Nursing
Innovation in Humane Cat Population Management – this special award for 2018 recognises the products and ideas which have made major contributions to the ability to help cats in the field of Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)
MDC Export’s traps, restrainers and transfer baskets
2018 iCatCare Photography Competition winner – awarded to the overall winner of the charity’s ‘Kittenhood’ photo competition
Claire Bessant, International Cat Care’s Chief Executive said of the award ceremony: ‘It is a real privilege to be here today, surrounded by so many cat-loving individuals and companies who truly think cat. We are delighted to be able to pay tribute to this year’s award winners whose hard work and dedication really does benefit cats, whether it enables easier medicating, provides the tools to better care for pet cats, or helps those working alongside street cats. There are so many people here today who have worked hand in hand with International Cat Care over the years, offering support and advice, enabling us to make real sustainable changes in cat health and welfare. We are delighted and honoured to be celebrating our 60th birthday with them.’
In addition to the award presentation, guests were treated to a unique photo exhibition of street cats; a selection of beautiful and striking images of cats taken from the charity’s latest book, ‘Street Cats’ which was also launched at the event. The exhibition and book (the printing of which was kindly funded by Ceva), provide a fascinating insight into the lives of cats surviving without owners around the world, and reflect the reality of a life on the streets, with some cats thriving and others struggling. All money raised from sales of the photographic prints and the book will go towards iCatCare’s welfare work.
Sincere thanks go to Agria, Ceva and Royal Canin who kindly sponsored the event.
About International Cat Care (iCatCare) International Cat Care is a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.
The International Cat Care vision: all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
The International Cat Care mission: to engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.
About the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)
ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care. ISFM aims to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery.