ASPCA's Ed Sayres and Karen Medicus Receive Austin Humane Society Guardian Award

October 31, 2007

NEW YORK, October 31, 2007—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is proud to congratulate Ed Sayres and Karen Medicus, who received the second annual Austin Humane Society Guardian Award for their exemplary work pioneering ASPCA® Mission: Orange™ in Austin.

The Austin Humane Society honored ASPCA President and CEO Mr. Sayres and ASPCA Mission: Orange Team Leader Ms. Medicus on October 20th at the Society’s “Rags to Wags” benefit event.

“We wanted to recognize both Mr. Sayres’ and Ms. Medicus’ unwavering vision and commitment to the homeless animals of Austin and their driving efforts behind the implementation of ASPCA Mission Orange in Austin,” said Frances Jonon, Executive Director of the Austin Humane Society.  “Their efforts have had a significant impact on our city’s homeless pet population in a very short time.”

Since the launch of ASPCA Mission: Orange in January 2007, Austin has seen numerous successes, including an 8.3 percent increase in the total number of adoptions in the first six months of the program, and an 11 percent increase in the number of lost animals returned to their owners.

ASPCA Mission: Orange is a focused effort by the ASPCA, in partnership with select “target” communities—including Austin—to create a country of humane communities, one community at a time; where animals receive the compassion and respect due to them as sentient beings, and where there is no more unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals simply because of a lack of resources or awareness. 

In Austin, participating animal welfare agencies in ASPCA Mission: Orange are Town Lake Animal Center (the city-funded shelter), Austin Humane Society (a non-profit, “no-kill” shelter), Animal Trustees of Austin and emanciPET (spay/neuter clinics).

The Austin Humane Society established the Guardian Award in 2006 to recognize and promote individuals, organizations and outstanding contributors to the welfare of homeless animals in Central Austin.

AHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit, supported by individuals and businesses in our community and strong partnerships with other animal service organizations and animal welfare alliances. We receive no funds from national, state or local government entities. Formed in 1952, the AHS has been dedicated to re-homing orphaned cats and dogs and educating the community about responsible pet ownership through spay and neutering. Each year, AHS adopts over 2500 cats and dogs, receives over 32,000 visitors and has a dedicated Board of Directors, advisors, staff and over 450 volunteers who work to socialize and provide companionship to all of our animals.