Kate Archer from London and her therapy dog, Doug. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (191019-5)

Best images from the Animal Star Awards 2019 at the Marriott Hotel

Aaaaaw yes! Owners celebrate furry friends at annual awards.

The second annual Animal Star Awards took place at the Marriott Hotel, North Harbour earlier this month as owners from all around the UK celebrated their pets. Animal Star Awards support Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and Brent Lodge wildlife Hospital. Mary Burgess, the organiser, said: ‘These awards are to give recognition to animals and humans alike for the extraordinary things they do for one another. Having a pet improves your life and if you bring an animal into your family it becomes a member. ‘And that’s another aspect of the awards – it’s raising awareness of the love and companionship animals give to people.’

Sisters (left), Issabelle Granville-Payne and Dru Druckmann-Bascombe and their respective helper dogs, (left), Fluke and Juru. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (191019-6)
Sisters (left), Issabelle Granville-Payne and Dru Druckmann-Bascombe and their respective helper dogs, (left), Fluke and Juru. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (191019-6)
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Emma Smith with her dog Bodhi and husband Sam from Bournemouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (191019-3)
Emma Smith with her dog Bodhi and husband Sam from Bournemouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (191019-3)
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An awards event has been held in Portsmouth in recognition of the positive relationships owners have with their animals. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (191019-11)
An awards event has been held in Portsmouth in recognition of the positive relationships owners have with their animals. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (191019-11)
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Alex Cowtan from Swindon and Archie. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (191019-9)
Alex Cowtan from Swindon and Archie. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (191019-9)
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