Philip Daubeny, vice-chairman of welfare charity Dogs Trust, has been awarded an MBE for services to animal welfare in King Charles’ inaugural New Year Honours list.
Daubeny has served Dogs Trust voluntarily for 27 years, 13 of those as chairman, and has been vice-chairman since 2015. During his time as a trustee of Dogs Trust, he advocated the build of five new Dogs Trust rehoming centres and has worked on a further six major rebuilds. He is described as a most willing volunteer, equally at home rolling up his sleeves to volunteer on the front line, feeding dogs or helping paint a kennel as he is in a boardroom contributing to high level strategic decisions.
In addition, he was instrumental in founding the Dogs Trust International Companion Animal Welfare Conference in 1996, an event which takes place annually in a different European city and is attended by delegates representing over 100 organisations from more than 40 countries each year. He remains an active ambassador for international programmes with a particular interest in humane dog population control, veterinary advancement, education and the elimination of canine transmitted rabies.
Daubeny said: “It is a wonderful honour to have my work recognised by HM The King. It is a hugely proud moment, but my real hope is that being awarded an MBE for my work in animal welfare can help to jet-propel the work of Dogs Trust, Mission Rabies, Soi Dog International and all the programmes that run across the globe to increase humane dog population control, veterinary advancement, education and the elimination of canine transmitted rabies.”
Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust, added: “We are delighted to learn that Philip has been recognised for his unfaltering enthusiasm and passion for dog welfare. His unrivalled leadership, personal generosity, humility, and his gentle powers of persuasion over the last 27 years have been at the forefront of growing Dogs Trust into the charity we see today and continues to benefit many other organisations across the globe.
“Philip continues to influence and inspire the attitudes of his peers across the globe, and thanks to the time he takes to listen and make an individual feel valued, he is admired and respected at all levels.”