The prestigious awards ceremony saw the UK’s leading animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, team up with the Daily Mirror to celebrate the most inspiring examples of bravery and resilience in the animal world.
The awards honour people who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of animals.
Paul was awarded the prestigious gong thanks to his work as an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and for being a patron of the Orangutan Appeal UK and CROW based in Durban, South Africa, as well as several UK-based animal charities. His work on his TV shows, such as The Paul O’Grady Show and For The Love Of Dogs has also helped to inspire and make people aware of conservation issues.
Amanda Holden hosted the star-studded event – which saw the likes of Alesha Dixon, Brian May, Ferne McCann, Tom Fletcher and Laura Whitmore in attendance – and said she was “delighted” to be there.
She added: “It’s so important to recognise those who selflessly dedicate themselves to animal welfare – as well as the outstanding animals themselves, of course!
RSPCA chief executive Jeremy Cooper said: “The Animal Hero Awards is a fantastic and unique evening celebrating those people who go the extra mile for animals, as well as the animals who really make a difference to the lives of those around them.