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It’s that time of year again where we assemble our stellar judging panel to decide the winners of this year’s Animal Hero Awards. You’ve entered in your thousands and our team of researchers have whittled the nominations down to our front runners for the judges to choose from.

Bertie Cheesecake and Soots were abandoned by the roadside in Cyprus at just three weeks old. Luckily for them a kind passerby took them to the Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare Shelter where staff ensure that all animals are taken good care of. Andrea Bell, one of the members of staff at the shelter took pity on the little puppies and took them home to foster alongside her ever growing brood of waifs and strays.

Lucy the cavalier spent all her life as a breeding dog, never stepping out of her cramped cage. Since being rescued she is now the figurehead of a national campaign in the fight against puppy farming.

When animal rescuer and enthusiast Amanda Leask saw the image of a Romanian dog that had been partially skinned alive appear on her social media timeline she knew that she had to act fast to get him the help that he needed to survive.

When a stranded porpoise washed up on the beach near Jordan’s home, he and his friends battled desperately to save the mammal.  

Tol hasn’t had the easiest starts in life, as he’s had to fight an aggressive form of leukaemia for three years. But this hasn’t stopped him from wanting to help others.  

In the 1960s Celia Hammond graced the cover of Vogue and lived a celebrity lifestyle, travelling the world on photographic assignments. Although she had become a vegetarian in her teens, at that time she ironically became one of the country’s top fur models.

When two men approached Georgia Bradley on a remote beach while on holiday in Crete, she knew she was in danger. They became aggressive and grabbed her by the arm.

Dr Marc regularly appears on TV giving advice and uses his large social media following to promote responsible pet ownership. His biggest animal welfare campaign to date is against puppy farming – the battery breeding of puppies to be sold on to unsuspecting buyers through pet shops, online, in free newspaper adverts and private sales.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was taken to the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre after she was found abandoned.