Lisburn dog named as a Northern Ireland pet hero

Vets4Pets Lisburn Longstone finalist Ara saved her owners' lives by alerting them to a fire in their caravan.

Vets4Pets Lisburn Longstone finalist Ara saved her owners' lives by alerting them to a fire in their caravan.

A Lisburn pooch has been named as one of Northern Ireland’s Pet Heroes after coming third in a province wide competition.

Launched by Vets4Pets earlier in the summer to find a pet who had gone above and beyond the normal to achieve something extraordinary.

The two-month search saw more than 75 nominations across the nine Northern Ireland practice’s Facebook pages.

The public has now chosen their winner and voted Nelson the Husky from Belfast as their Pet Hero champion, with more than 3,000 votes through Facebook likes.

The Pet Hero competition was launched to give owners a chance to shine the spotlight on their heroic pets. The winner was selected at the end of September based on the most Facebook likes they received.

The competition saw nine finalists nominated across the Northern Ireland Vets4Pets practices. Honey the Assistance Dog a Retriever from Ballymena came second, whilst Ara, a Labrador from Lisburn Longstone came third.

The runners up will receive a £50 Pets at Home hamper, whilst Nelson will receive a £100 hamper and could become the face of a Vets4Pets marketing campaign in Northern Ireland.

Ara’s owner from Lisburn Longstone said: “Ara originally came from Bosnia where she was found ill and injured living on the streets.

“After rehabilitation she settled into family life and proved to be a true Pet Hero when she woke the family after a fire started during a family holiday. We’re really proud of her.”

To find out more information about Vets4Pets or Pet Hero, please visit, www.vets4pets.com/northern-ireland/pethero/.