Look out for TV’s animal Oscars ...

Typical conditions inside a puppy farm which inspired me to create Pup Aid (pupaid.org).
Typical conditions inside a puppy farm which inspired me to create Pup Aid (pupaid.org).

At the Vets - by Marc Abraham visit www.GroveLodgeVets.co.uk

On our screens tomorrow (Thursday April 18) at 8pm sees the first ever Animal Honours Awards – ITV1’s animal welfare Oscars if you like.

The show’s already been filmed - pre-recorded a few days ago – with yours truly privileged to not only to have been asked to be judge but also invited along to the studios for the filming itself.

And I can tell you now if you’re an animal lover you won’t want to miss this. Individual categories range from honouring the phenomenal work British charities of all shapes and sizes continue to do, as well as organisations further afield; volunteers for tiny rescue organisations to rewarding individual animals themselves working tirelessly in the line of fire.

Hosted by legendary animal lover Paul O’Grady, award winners, celebrities, and fascinating interviews are all accompanied by some brilliant animal performances including dancing dogs and moving scenes from West End theatre smash Warhorse.

Honouring animal welfare is extremely important and grabbing this primetime slot on tabloid telly will hopefully interest and inspire viewers to have a think about what they can do to help animals locally, nationally, or even abroad.

Agreed that in these tough economic times it’s hard enough looking after our own human families let alone the four legged members, but it needn’t take much time or money to visit your local rescue centre to walk dogs, cuddle cats, or perhaps start an awareness group on Facebook about an animal cause, charity, or campaign you especially care about.

With so many animals needing our help these days you may not think by just helping one you’re doing an awful lot but for that individual animal you’ve just changed its whole world forever.

Personally speaking setting up my puppy farming awareness campaign - Pup Aid - was the best thing I’ve ever done – educating the public on the correct way to choose a dog results in less cruelty, and all off the back of treating one sick puppy five years ago.

Anyone can help improve animal welfare so look around you, get passionate about something, and go make a difference for animals – oh and enjoy the show!