Who will be the top cat in the UK from these fabulous 15 felines?
05 June 2017
Cats Protection has revealed the 15 finalists for this year’s National Cat Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary tales of survival, heroism and companionship in the cat world.
Sponsored by PURINA® for the sixth year, the competition celebrates the achievements of the country's fearless felines and miraculous moggies.
Last year’s winner, Tink, took top prize after judges heard of her heroism in raising the alarm and saving her family from a house fire.
This year’s finalists include:
Lily – a deaf cat who saved her owners life by waking her up during an episode of severe obstructive sleep Apnoea.
Missy - a cancer-surviving cat who supports a couple recovering from a car crash
Mittens – who comforts an autistic girl who is also coming to terms with being diagnosed with a brain tumour
Nala –who has helped to support her owner recovering from a knife attack at work
Pixie – who alerted her owners that their 15-month old daughter was choking
Tilly – helps her 21-year-old owner deal with several disabilities and who is awaiting amputation of her left leg.
Kate Bunting, Cats Protection’s awards organiser, said: “The National Cat Awards celebrate the comfort, support and joy cats bring to people’s lives. We received over a thousand entries and we have been incredibly moved by the stories which highlight just how much cats positively impact on people’s lives. I don’t envy the judges this year in having to choose a winner as they’re all deserving felines.”
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017, Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping around 500 cats a day – or 200,000 every year – through a national network of over 250 volunteer-led branches and 34 centres.
There are five categories vying for the title – Hero Cat, Purina® Better Together, Outstanding Rescue Cat, Furr-ever Friends and Most Caring Cat. Each winner will receive a trophy, a three-month supply of Purina® cat food, a year’s subscription to Cats Protection’s The Cat magazine and a voucher for cat goodies. Each category winner will then be in the running for the title of National Cat of the Year.
A further category, “CP Special Recognition Award” has been created to celebrate some of the amazing stories involving cats that have been rehomed by Cats Protection. Although not in the running for the overall title, three cats have been shortlisted. They are: Sadie, Lunar and Felix.1
The winner of the PURINA® Better Together category will be selected by a public vote on Cats Protection’s Facebook page between 30 June and 3 July. To vote, visit the page at www.facebook.com/catsprotection
Claire Robinson-Davies, Head of Corporate Communications at PURINA®, said: “We are delighted to be part of the National Cat Awards for another year. They celebrate the special bond between owners and their cat and how this has improved their lives. We have been overwhelmed by the inspirational stories shared by cat owners across the UK again this year. We wish all of the finalists the best of luck and look forward to congratulating them at the awards.”
The event will be attended by celebrity judges, who will present the awards and pay tribute to the nation’s top cats. Winners will be announced on Thursday 3 August at The Savoy Hotel in London, hosted by the ‘Voice of the Balls’, Alan Dedicoat.
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Sadie – who has been a companion to her housebound owner who was left disabled after a drunk driver crashed into her. Lunar – although suffering from Cushing and diabetes, Lunar recognises if her owner is about to suffer a blackouts. Felix – originally dumped in a box with other siblings, Felix has helped her owner to overcome her battle with anorexia.
Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk
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