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Lifesaving Stafford wins RSPCA Honour

Issue: 05/07/2019


A hero stafford who has saved more than 30 dogs’ lives with blood donations and is a regular visitor to a hospital and care home has won an RSPCA Honours award.
Seven-year-old Romeo, - who lives with his owner Steph Hartley in Hertfordshire, is a Pets as Therapy dog as well as a canine blood donor. 
The friendly and happy lad visits patients at the Lister Hospital in the stroke ward as well as popping into a care home where he brings some much-needed joy to everyone he meets. The wonderful people Romeo meets may no longer be able to get out to see animals anymore so this brings such joy to the wards he visits.
He is also a blood donor for the Royal Veterinary College and has so far saved 38 dogs’ lives through his vital donations.
Steph said: “I’m so proud of him for winning and I’m proud of him all the time. I think it’s wonderful and so nice for him to get recognition for what he does and how special he is as he’s such an amazing dog.”
Romeo won the Service Animal Award at the RSPCA Honours event held at 195 Piccadilly, the famous home of BAFTA in London last night (Thursday 27 June, 2019.) Steph and Romeo both attended the star-studded event alongside fellow animal lovers and were presented with their award by Pete Wicks.
Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive at the RSPCA, said: “The RSPCA Honours are an opportunity to celebrate the amazing animals and outstanding people who work to improve animal welfare. We all share this goal to see a world where animals are treated with respect and compassion and so as the oldest and biggest animal welfare charity in England and Wales, the RSPCA takes great honour in celebrating these amazing individuals, animals, and incredible organisations at the RSPCA Honours awards.”

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