Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, enjoyed attending the recent International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Animal Action Awards in Parliament which are a chance to recognise some of the country's most passionate and committed animal lovers.
This year's Animal Action Awards, each presented by conservationist, broadcaster and TV veteran Bill Oddie, were a chance to say thank you to those who truly deserve some high-profile recognition for their work with or for animals.
“It was inspiring talking to the award winners whose expertise covered all areas of animal welfare from horses to hedgehogs, nature reserves to swans and not forgetting fundraising too!
“I particularly enjoyed meeting Maisie, a golden labrador who won the Animal of the Year award, and her owner nine year old Alena who has Type 1 diabetes. When Alena’s blood sugar levels become dangerously high or low Maisie’s super-sensitive canine nose is able to detect a special scent and alert Alena and her Mum, so action can be taken quickly. Maisie was trained by the charity Medical Detection Dogs and has meant that Alena leads a normal life with her best friend, and potential life saver, by her side.
“There are many outstanding animal welfare groups and campaigners in Ellesmere Port and Neston, let’s look to nominate someone locally for next year’s IFAW Animal Action Awards!”