There are very few organisations that you can say that have really changed the welfare of one particular species, and this organisation is certainly one of those.
Those were the words of vet Chris Laurence, chief judge of the annual Ceva Animal Welfare Awards, as he revealed that International Cat Care was to be awarded the Special Recognition Award 2018.
The judging panel surprised the charity with the award, to commemorate iCatCare’s 60th anniversary and celebrate ‘an international organisation that has changed the welfare of cats out of all recognition.’
The judges commended iCatCare’s work over six decades which has revolutionised the health and wellbeing of many millions of cats around the world, recognising that this work cannot happen without the passion of a dedicated team, and that there was ‘no question that passion has been the basis of this organisation from the very start.’
In particular, the award celebrated the leadership of Claire Bessant, chief executive of the charity for the past 24 years. Claire has taken the charity from a small group working on a national level to an internationally-recognised organisation working on feline welfare worldwide. The charity is what it is today due to her vision and commitment, and the world is a better place for cats because of this.