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Crossbreed Miracle was destined for a dog meat restaurant when the truck he was travelling on was intercepted by the Thai animal welfare charity Soi Dog Foundation.

Ever since Victoria discovered how serious the animal welfare situation was in Borneo, she has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness for stray cats and dogs in the country she’s grown to love. 

Genevieve is a teenager dedicated to helping animals, and she’s doing everything in her power to help charities devoted to animal welfare. 

Holly the whippet came to live with 19-year-old Amy and her family four years ago, after she was rescued from a puppy farm. She had been used as a breeding dog and needed to be nursed back to health. 

Ricky Gervais has carved an incredibly successful career from making people laugh but when it comes to standing up for the rights of animals, it’s no joking matter for the passionate animal activist. 

The brand new one-horned rhino is only the fourth of its species to be born in Europe in the last 12 months

Animal search and rescue groups wrote on Facebook that setter mix Tillie is a "true friend and a humbling example of the power of love”

Emergency crews spent more than two-and-a-half hours trying to get the 13-year-old out of the tree

Since being uploaded to YouTube, the clip has attracted almost 150,000 views for its glimpse into an unlikely romance

The Mirror's Animal Hero Awards recognise and celebrate the most inspiring examples of bravery, dedication and resilience in the animal world.

The Mirror has joined forces with UK’s leading Pet Food manufacturer, Webbox and the animal welfare charity, the RSPCA to pick the most inspiring animals along with the individuals and teams who have shown outstanding commitment to improving their lives.

Do you know an animal that has gone above and beyond for an owner or friend? Or maybe you have a pet that has shown amazing resilience to overcome traumatic circumstances to bring happiness to you or others?

Or do you have a friend who has campaigned for animal welfare in your area?
Whatever the case, we want to hear your heart-warming and inspiring stories, so if you know someone or an animal that deserves to be recognised then nominate them for an Animal Hero Award!

All nominations​ ​received will be​ ​considered for the 201​8​​ ​awards, so don’t delay and make your nomination today

Click here to nominate.