Gwen Butler, who has been doing rabbit rescue work for 15 years, is in the running for Britain’s “Animal Enthusiast of the Year.” The owner of the rescue center Bunny Burrows in North Yorkshire’s Richmond recently was told that she was on the short list for the honor, one of the categories in the 2013 Animal Hero Awards.
Joe Willis provides more details in the Northern Echo News:
Mrs Butler will find out if she has won the award at a prestigious ceremony hosted by television celebrity Amanda Holden at the Langham Hotel, in London, later this month.
Mrs Butler said the nomination came as a “total surprise”.
“I’m still in shock,” she said.
“I’d come back from a friend’s house and there was an answer phone message – at first I thought it was a con.
“I’m going to have to go on a train for the first time in 40 years – I’m not sure if I’m excited about the awards or scared.”
Mrs Butler was nominated for the award by her friend, Audrey Simpson, from Shildon, who will be travelling with her to London to attend the ceremony.
Mrs Simpson said: “Gwen does fantastic work and doesn’t get the recognition she deserves.
“She is such a stalwart for the charity which she runs. She never has a holiday and the animals are her pride and joy.”
Mrs Butler and her late husband John adopted their first rabbit in 1997. She has since cared for and re-homed hundreds of rabbits and guinea pigs.
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