Pet Plan & IFAW awards

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Katz Castle owner Ann Knowles has won Pet Plan’s Animal Charity Volunteer of the Year award for 2014. In its second year, the awards celebrate the outstanding work, dedication and commitment of animal charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK and the charity teams, volunteers and employees that go above and beyond in their mission to improve animal well-being.

You can watch Pet Plan’s video about Ann here:


The judges highly praised Ann’s genuine enthusiasm and dedication to the welfare of the cats in the charity’s care.

“To have volunteered for 50 years in support of general cat care is extremely admirable and Ann’s specific support at Katz Castle has gone a long way to ensuring cats are rehomed with sensitivity and accurateness. Ann’s efforts have further spurred her children to become involved with the charity and they now all work together on the team,” said Pet Plan.

IFAW Award

(October 2013). Ann, who is the founder of and driving force behind Katz Castle Animal Shelter, has been honoured with a prestigious award for her outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (, for more than 50 years of dedication to rescuing and rehoming cats. 

The IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony was hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale on Tuesday this week and the awards were presented by naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie. Ann has unfortunately been very unwell, so her daughter, Rosie, collected the award on Ann’s behalf.


Read about the award in the Daily Express and the Elmbridge Guardian.

A really big thank you to everyone who took the time and voted for Ann who is extremely deserving of the award after all her years of rescuing animals and running Katz Castle. 

This acknowledgement of her work has been a big boost to Ann, and to all the volunteers at the shelter too. We also hope the publicity will mean that we can find new forever homes for even more of the lovely cats we have who are waiting to be adopted.

Photo: © IFAW/Peter Stevens