People's Pet Awards 2022

celebrating our animal heroes


Welcome to the Mirror People’s Pet Awards, celebrating the animal heroes in our families.

Whatever challenges we face, our pets are always by our side, offering unconditional love and support.

They keep us company, they keep us fit and they give an invaluable boost to our mental health.

The Mirror People’s Pet Awards, with our charity partner Dogs Trust, celebrates the unique bond we have with our pets, and the inspirational ways they change our lives.

Winners will include animals who have overcome impossible odds, rescue cats and dogs who inspire everyone they meet, and others who are literally lifesavers. They will also include pets who simply make you smile and warm your heart.

Our amazing winners will be celebrated at a star-studded red carpet dinner in September.



Nominations for the 2022 Awards are now closed, but any nominations received now will be considered for 2023.

Do you know an amazing pet? Tell us about them using this form, and they could be a winner.

Our team will consider every nomination, before compiling a shortlist, from which our judging panel will choose the winners.

We may consider nominations in a different category. Depending on nominations, there may be more than one winner in some categories, and we reserve the right not to choose a winner in a category.

The judges' decision is final, and we will not enter into correspondence.

  • Dogs Trust Dog of the Year

    For a dog that deserves to be celebrated for its courage, spirit and compassion or other inspirational achievements

    Cat of the Year

    For a cat that deserves to be celebrated for its courage, spirit and compassion or other inspirational achievements

    Animal Hero

    For a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of animals

    Young Animal Hero

    For a child or teenager who has made an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of animals

    Best Rescue

    For a rescue animal that has enriched the life of its new owner in a remarkable way, or a person who has made an outstanding contribution to animal rescue

    Inspiration Award

    For a pet who has inspired people with their spirit or courage

    Caring Animal

    For a pet who has shown remarkable compassion and care for others

    Webbox Joy of Pets Award

    Celebrating the unique bond between pets and their people

Our partners


Dogs Trust is proud to be the charity partner for the Mirror People's Pet Awards.

We are the UK's largest dog welfare charity caring for over 14,300 dogs across our network of 21 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin.

The charity focuses on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment. Our policy is never to put a healthy dog to sleep.

Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

We receive no direct government funding and rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us achieve our mission. Money raised is used to invest in our fantastic rehoming centres so that they can continue to be there for the nation's dogs; to fund preventative work to help protect dogs in the future; and to invest in, develop and promote information to help owners understand the needs of their pooch pals.

Help provide life changing care and forever homes for out furry friends by completing the National Dogs Survey at and donating to Dogs Trust at


Webbox is proud to have partnered once again with the Mirror to recognise the achievements of those who are committed to helping protect and care for animals of all shapes and sizes, along with those animals that go above and beyond for their owners or friends.

At Webbox we are committed to the ongoing welfare of all creatures, working alongside charities and individuals that support animals and humans through all walks of life. Every month we receive hundreds of letters with stories about the inspirational deeds of those in the animal world, along with the extraordinary acts of animals themselves.

Working with the People’s Pet Awards helps provide us with the right platform to recognise and honour the selfless acts of both animals and animal lovers. We very much look forward to reading the nominations and meeting those that work so tirelessly to help the creatures we care for so deeply.


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