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 2023
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
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
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
For a pet who has inspired people with their spirit or courage
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
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 nationaldogssurvey.org.uk and donating to Dogs Trust at dogstrust.org.uk/donation/
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.
FLORA & KIN
Medical alert dogs who can sense when their owner is about to black out, allowing him to lead a normal life again.
DR DANIEL ALLEN & DEBBIE MATTHEWS
Thanks to Daniel’s petition and pressure from campaigners, pet abduction in England is set to become a criminal offence for the first time.
Founder of the K9 Project, bringing together abandoned dogs and people facing challenges in their lives, with remarkable results.
RESCUE CAT OF THE YEAR
Tiny kitten nearly burnt to death in a bonfire went on to make a miracle recovery after being adopted by the veterinary nurse who saved him.
TEAM DOGS HERO ANIMAL
Husky sniffed out an abandoned baby, nuzzling him gently and alerting her owner, saving the newborn’s life.
RESCUE DOG OF THE YEAR
Miracle dog found her forever home, after being tied to a rock and thrown in the river to drown.