New cat welfare award goes to Agnès Dufau

Agnès Dufau receiving her award from the Gemfe President Diego Esteban, with Ceva representatives.
Left to right: Alex Martino, Agnès Dufau, Diego Esteban, Sandra Castillo

Agnès Dufau is the first recipient of the International Cat Care Welfare Award launched this year by International Cat Care and Ceva, the global veterinary health company.

The International Cat Care Welfare Award was open to anyone working internationally and not in paid employment by a charity. It was presented at the Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare event held in Birmingham on April 2, prior to BSAVA Congress.

Agnès is president of Plataforma Gatera, a collaboration of 19 charity groups in Barcelona and the surrounding area working in defence of animals and, in particular, street cats. She has been instrumental in bringing and keeping together the groups and introducing educational meetings for those involved in rescue. In 2013, Plataforma Gatera presented the municipal management programme of feral colonies in Barcelona to the Parliamentary Association in Defense of Animals in Madrid, presented 'Gato Paco: cat responsible ownership' during the Barcelona Festival and spoke at the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC). Agnès has organized a Feline Seminar in Barcelona with city council support for the past five years and in 2013 this included representing five different countries – speakers share strategies, tips, experience and best practice to improve the welfare and protection of cats.

Runners up were Kate Shervell, a vet whose volunteering has included teaching neutering at an iCatCare training centre, and Silvana Valentino who spearheads 'SOS Sardinia' to trap-neuter-return feral cats.

The Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare were created to formally recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have all demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting and improving animal welfare globally. 

                                                          -ends-                                                    April 3, 2014


For further details contact Karen Bessant, press officer at International Cat Care, on 01747 871 872, or