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Nominations sought for dog welfare award

The dog warden and animal licensing team at Lancaster City Council has launched a special award designed to thank someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the welfare of dogs, in tribute to a member of staff who passed away last year.

Alison McGowan worked for the city council for 24 years as a dog warden before retiring in April 2020. She tragically passed away the following month, with her loss mourned by her many friends and colleagues.

Now, in her memory, a new award has been established to reward an individual or organisation that has gone the extra mile to support the welfare of dogs.

Mark Woodhead, the city council’s community health and protection officer, was a close friend of Alison’s. He explained: “Alison was highly respected throughout the district, building up some amazing relationships with the public, RSPCA, police and local dog charities and organisations.

“She epitomised professionalism and it’s no exaggeration to say that she made a difference to lives of 1000s of dogs and their owners over the years.

“The launch of this award seemed a fitting way to honour Alison’s memory and thank someone who has contributed to the welfare of dogs in our district, just as she did over her many years of service.”

Nominees may be put forward for a one-off incident or for ongoing work which benefits dogs and any individual, charity or organisation within the Lancaster City Council district is eligible.

If you would like to nominate an individual, charity or organisation for the inaugural prize, please email with a brief explanation as to why you think your nomination would be worthy winners of such a special award.

The closing date for entries is Thursday May 8, with the winner announced on May 15, to coincide with the anniversary of Alison’s passing.

Last updated: 21 April 2021

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