National Cat Awards
And the National Cat Awards 2017 winner is...Genie!
Eight–year-old Genie was chosen for helping her 12-year-old owner battle bone cancer.
The black-and-white puss was selected as a finalist in the Outstanding Rescue Cat category in recognition of the incredible support and inspiration she has provided for Evie Henderson, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in March 2016.
Evie, who lives with parents Tina and Chris in North Hykeham, has endured six gruelling rounds of chemotherapy; several painful operations and lengthy hospital stays far from home.
Throughout her treatment, Evie has drawn strength from the bond she has with her beloved pet, watching videos of her from her hospital bed and telling doctors that she needed to get better so she could go home to see Genie. When Evie’s hair started to fall out, she noticed that Genie’s fur was moulting and said that it helped her feel like she wasn’t alone.
Genie beat four other amazing moggies to take the overall crown after winning the Outstanding Rescue Cat category. The other category winners were:
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- Mittens – winner of Furr-ever Friends – who helps a young girl with autism cope with a serious medical condition.
- Pixie - winner of Hero Cat – who alerted a sleeping couple to their toddler who was choking in her cot.
- Spike – winner of PURINA® Better Together – who helps his owner cope with a debilitating disease.
- Tilly – winner of Most Caring Cat – who helps her owner cope with an agonising medical condition.
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The Star Team Award celebrated the incredible work carried out across the UK by Cats Protection's 10,000 volunteers and was created to mark the charity's 90th anniversary this year.
Take a look at the celebrities judging the overall winner for this year's National Cat Awards 2017.