A group of amazing people and animals will be honored today at the 2013 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City. The annual ceremony recognizes special animals and individuals who made a positive and lasting impact during the past year.
The 2013 Humane Awards winners include:
ASPCA Cat of the Year
Koshka was a stray cat when she struck up a friendship with Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott at a base in southern Afghanistan. Koshka was a pleasant reminder of life at home in Oregon. Koshka stayed by Knott’s side, helping him through some of his darkest moments at war. Knott’s parents helped him bring Koshka home with him to Oregon, where she now peacefully resides.
ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year
Six-year-old Catherine Hubbard had a natural ability to connect and care for animals. She designed her own business cards and appointed herself head of “Catherine’s Animal Shelter” with the title “Care Taker.” On December 14, 2012, Catherine was among 20 children killed during a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Catherine’s parents chose to honor Catherine by asking that donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown. With these funds, The Animal Center hopes to build the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
ASPCA Dog of the Year
In September 2012, an animal control officer in Dekalb County, Georgia, responded to a call reporting an extremely malnourished abandoned pit bull puppy. The officer took the fragile puppy, on the verge of death, to the Dekalb Animal Shelter. Chrissy Kaczynski, one of the founders of Friends of Dekalb Animals (FODA) took her home. Remarkably, the puppy bounced back, prompting Chrissy to name her Xena the Warrior Puppy. Xena later became a companion for eight-year-old Jonny, who is autistic. Jonny and Xena spread a message of compassion for both animals and those with autism throughout America and 89 countries, territories and provinces around the world.
On June 1 and 2, 2013, the ASPCA was thrilled to participate in Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days to promote adoption and save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in New York City.
Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days are held to empty community shelters, increase awareness of pet adoption and shed light on the efforts of shelters and rescue organizations to save countless animals’ lives every day.
The two-day Maddie’s Fund® event resulted in the placement of 58 ASPCA animals into loving new homes! Of these, 54 adoptions qualified for Maddie’s Fund adoption subsidies, totaling $57,000. The ASPCA gratefully acknowledges these funds, which will support our ongoing life-saving work to help animals in need.
It’s time to meet your match, people—your four-legged match! Once again the ASPCA is teaming up with dozens of animal shelters across the country for the second-annual ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon! This weekend (October 18-20), nearly 40 animal rescues across the country are joining forces to co-host some epic adoption events. We threw down more than $278,000 in grants to help make it happen.
Last year’s Mega Match-a-thon saw more than 6,100 pets adopted in just one weekend! Can we top that number? Yes, we can!
So what can you do to help? So much! Check it out:
First, find out if there’s an adoption event near you this weekend by visiting your local shelter’s website.
Second, go to said event and adopt, adopt, adopt! You can also volunteer your time; shelters can always use an extra hand…or four.
And, finally, don’t forget to spread the word! Share this article on Facebook and Twitter and make sure everyone makes adoption their first option this weekend and every day of the year. Be sure to follow the hashtag #MegaMatchfor event details and updates of pets across America finding new homes!
To see the cute mugs of adoptable animals in your area, visit our nationwide database of cats and dogs looking for good homes.
I was talking to my friend and trainer Christopher Lane, and he told me about the 10K happening in Brooklyn. At first I was skeptical, but then I was told I could be a part of Team ASPCA, and that sealed the deal.
Three years ago, on June 13, to be exact, I adopted Clementine from a shelter in Atlanta. Clementine is some kind of doodle. We aren't exactly sure. My friends call her a floppity muppet. I call her the best decision I have ever made. So I'm running for the ASPCA to spread the word that adoption is an amazing option, and it’s personally enriched my life beyond words.
Training for race has been slow and steady. Christopher knows that I get overwhelmed when thinking about the full six miles. He set a slow and easy training plan for me to follow. I started by just run/walking 10 minutes down the road, then turning around and running 10 minutes home. I did this for the first couple of weeks, I progressed to 15 min each way, and then 20. I eventually felt comfortable running for a full hour. I like to train outside, but if I'm forced to run on a treadmill, I like to break it up. I run 10 minute intervals, then walk some and run 10 again.
For me, it's not about competition. It's not about speed. It's about getting out there, getting my body moving, and being a part of a great cause. So, just to be clear, I won't be winning the 10K, but I will finish! If I can share with everyone what a blessing adopting my sweet Clementine has been, it will all be worth it.
Want to come join us in sunny Florida this winter? It’s not too late to run or walk with us to raise money for homeless, abused and injured animals—and on top of the satisfaction of making a real impact on animals’ lives, Team ASPCA participants will receive:
Guaranteed race entry into the Walt Disney World race of your choice.
Marathon or Half Marathon training from professional coaches.
Weekend travel accommodations, including roundtrip airfare to Orlando and hotel accommodations.
Official Team ASPCA merchandise, including a Team ASPCA singlet, Team ASPCA training shirt and much more!
Access to Team ASPCA events such as our team kickoff event, pre- and post-event celebrations, invitation to our exclusive Coaches Breakfast and entry into the private Team ASPCA tent at the finish line.
Plus, to help you reach your goal, a personal online fundraising page and guidance from Team ASPCA Alumni and professional fundraisers!
The entire event weekend (all races!) is 100% sold out, so new participants can join only as members of a charity team like Team ASPCA. We are hosting online information meetings through October 16—visit teamaspca.org to learn more, and get active for a great cause!