Ozzy Osbourne‘s longtime solo bassist Robert “Blasko” Nicholson was honored recently by Kitten Rescue, one of Southern California’s largest non-profit animal rescue organizations, at the group’s annual Fur Ball. Nicholson was given the organization’s 2019 Advocacy Award for his work homing adoptable cats and kittens.

A congratulatory video featured Blasko and his cats, Lil’ Champ and The Captain, Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie and their black Kitten Rescue cat Renfield and many others. In the video Blasko discussed his work advocating for cats, and when asked if cats or dogs are more metal, he said, “Cats are way more metal than dogs.”

Nicholson began his career in the early 1980s, playing with bands like Cryptic Slaughter, Danzig and others before joining Rob Zombie’s band in 1998. He played on three of Zombie’s solo LPs and stayed with him until 2006, while also joining Ozzy’s band in 2003. He’s since appeared on two of Ozzy’s solo albums and every solo tour.

Nicholson will resume touring with Ozzy next year as the singer continues to recover from illness and surgery.