The EU Dog & Cat Alliance, which encompasses nearly 90 organisations from 26 Member States, recently recognised three of its members for their contributions to making the mission of the Alliance – improving dog and cat welfare across the EU – a reality.
The awards were presented by Dogs Trust CEO Owen Sharp at the annual International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) where the Alliance also marked its 5th anniversary at its Annual General Meeting.
The EU Dog & Cat Alliance Member of the Year award was, for the first time, awarded to two members, Djurens Vänners and Svenska Djurskyddsföreningen, for their joint work on driving forward the Sweden Pet Advertising Advisory Group (SWEPAAG). SWEPAAG was established to address the increasing problem of inappropriate dog and cat adverts appearing on classified websites and social media in Sweden. The awards were presented to Fredrik Malmgren of Djurens Vänners and Johan Beck-Friis of Svenska Djurskyddsföreningen.
The EU Dog & Cat Alliance Award of Merit is awarded to an organisation which has displayed the same active spirit whilst acting in the confines of more limited resources. This year, the Award of Merit was awarded to the Veterinarians for the Protection of Animals Foundation, active in Hungary and whose work with the Alliance is led by Gabriella Markus.