The following was issued in the National News Papers in October 2010
INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL
champion from Birmingham honoured for rescuing thousands of animals.
(London - October 14, 2010) - A dedicated animal hero from the
Midlands who has rescued thousands of domestic and wild animals and birds is to receive a special award in
recognition of his tireless work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) at the House of Lords.
Ray Dedicoat (60), from Hollywood, Birmingham, set up Hollytrees
Animal Rescue Trust more than 35 years ago to rescue and care for abandoned, neglected or injured stray pets
and wildlife and responds to calls for assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a
One of the busiest rescue centres in the Midlands,
Hollytrees covers all aspects of animal welfare including rehabilitation, spaying and neutering and rehoming.
Ray also works hard to educate the public and potential owners about how to care for their
Over the years Ray has also become an expert at catching
nervous animals, particularly dogs, and is often called out to assist other agencies. He even has a specially
adapted net made with the netting from four football goals which he is able to spread across entire
carriageways when runaway animals stray onto main roads or motorways.
His aim is to rehome all domestic animals and return
wildlife to the wild, wherever possible. In the meantime he has kennel space for 70 dogs and 70 cats plus
additional accommodation for wild animals and injured birds which are never turned away, no matter how busy
the centre is.
Ray, a lifetime animal lover, first got involved with animal
rescue as a youngster when he tried to help a dog which had been run over and realised the need for more
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: "We are very
pleased to be able to reward Ray's amazing dedication to rescuing thousands of animals over so many years and
wanted to recognise his outstanding work with our Animal Welfare Award."
Ray's award is part of IFAW's prestigious annual Animal
Action Awards ceremony, which will take place at the House of Lords on October 19. Ray will not be travelling
to the ceremony and will be at work at his rescue centre when the awards take place. Instead his trophy will
be presented to him at Hollytrees by IFAW staff at a later date.
He said: "It's very nice to be getting an award from IFAW.
Really I just see myself as a small cog in a big wheel working with lots of others to help animals. It's
really nice when different organisations work together for the good of animals and it's lovely that IFAW
chooses to recognise someone like me."