ASPCA Seeks Special Pets, People

Humane Awards celebrate the human-animal bond.

Know an extraordinary pet or someone who has made a difference to animals? The ASPCA wants to hear about them – courtesy of a nomination for an annual Humane Award.

“The ASPCA Humane Awards celebrates the human-animal bond and recognizes those who have dedicated their lives to making our world a kinder place for animals,” says ASPCA president and CEO Ed Sayres. “This event allows us to thank individuals who have contributed to animal welfare by taking action to protect animals who cannot fight for themselves.”

Last year’s winners include a former shelter dog who saved earthquake victims in Haiti; a three-legged cat who inspired a series of books to help kids overcome their differences; firefighters who rescued animals from a pet store fire; a person who trains rescued shelter dogs to become certified assistance dogs; and two airline pilots who voluntarily transport homeless pets to adoptive homes.

Categories open for nominations include:

ASPCA Dog of the Year, for a dog who has performed a heroic act in the past year

ASPCA Cat of the Year, for a cat who has performed a heroic act in the past year

ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year, for a child under 14 who has improved the lives of animals

ASPCA Public Service Award, for a member of the municipal police force, a firefighter, or other public service officer who has made a heroic effort to save an animal in the past year.

All submissions must include the nominee’s name, address, email, telephone number, the category for which he/she is being nominated and a short statement (400 words or less) about why this person or animal deserves the award.

The deadline for entries is noon Friday, June 17. Winners will be chosen by a committee selected by the ASPCA and announced in mid-October.

For more information, please visit the ASPCA website.

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