Each year the NZCAC formerly presents its Assisi Awards in "recognition of outstanding service to animals" to individuals who have contributed to the welfare of animals, whether in New Zealand or on the International scene.
The award, named in honour of St Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, is an acknowledgement by the NZCAC of the achievements of those whose goals echo the principles of excellence in animal welfare.
Nominations for these awards are welcomed from all sectors of the community and should be submitted by May of the year in which the awards will be allocated. Nominations will be considered by the Awards Committee for submission to the NZCAC Board and are not limited in any way (other than such awards cannot be granted to existing NZCAC Board Members). The Awards Committee make the final decision as to each year's recipients and details of winners are kept confidential until announced at the annual award ceremony.