Recognising the efforts of one of our many animal heroes

It’s amazing how many times I feel humbled in this job. I seem to be constantly surrounded by people who are willing to go that extra mile for animals.

Each year, we recognise the work of about a dozen of the UK’s many animal heroes by presenting them with Animal Action Awards at a ceremony at the House of Lords. Recently, I had the privilege of travelling to Hull in the North East of England, to present an award to one of these heroes who sadly, because of serious illness, wasn’t able to travel to our 2011 awards event in London.

This award was for firefighter Mike Dunn who saved the life of Sunny the terrier by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after the dog was pulled from a burning property in Hull on 16 March 2011. When Sunny was passed to Mike Dunn, she showed no signs of life. However, rather than give up, he resuscitated the dog by holding her snout closed and blowing into her nostrils. Remarkably, Sunny started breathing again and went on to make a full recovery. 

You can only imagine how happy and relieved Sunny’s owners, Ken and Beryl Honeyball, were. They declared Mike Dunn a hero and I had to agree. Presenting Mike with his award, it was plain to see that his wife and boss were very proud of his efforts too.

If you would like to nominate someone in the UK for a 2012 Animal Action Award, please write to: IFAW Animal Action Week, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD. Please include your contact details and a brief description of your nomination.

-- RM

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