International animal welfare organization Network for Animals (NFA) has announced the second annual Brian Davies Award, which will be awarded to an organization that helps animals under challenging circumstances.

The award carries a $10,000.00 (£8000.00) first prize, and the two runners-up will each receive $2,500.00 (£2000.00). Nominations can be made on the organization’s website.

The award is named after NFA’s founder Brian Davies, one of the world’s most distinguished animal welfare activists. Davies was instrumental in ending Canada’s annual slaughter of baby white coat seals, was pivotal in ending hunting with hounds in the UK, and has helped millions of homeless dogs, over his career of more than 50 years.

The award is focused on small organizations that work in tough conditions on the ground, often in dangerous places. Last year’s winner was South African rescue group Fallen Angels, whose work in shanty towns is so dangerous that they need armed security when they conduct a mission to help animals.

Nominations are welcome from anywhere in the world, NFA’s executive team will then select a short-list from which the winners are chosen. Voting closes at the end of August 2019.