Humane Society Recognized With Two Awards
Kitchener - "The Urban Animal Program mission is to illuminate successful strategies for urban animals and to provide recognition for those who lead. The Summit Awards are an essential element of delivering on this mission. The Summits are presented annually by the Urban Animal Subscribers using an academy style system of nominations followed with an election by secret ballot."
These awards are announced in the fall of each year, and KWHS is the proud recipient of two awards this year:
The Summit for Sheltering recognizes an organization that best addresses the care of animals in shelters, pounds, retail outlets, kennels, veterinary clinics/hospitals, grooming shops and breeding facilities. The Animal Welfare Agency of South Central Ontario (AWASCO) won with 54% of the votes for completing the amalgamation of the Perth and Kitchener Waterloo agencies and for increasing the live release rate.
The Summit for DistinguishedService Provider recognizes a service provider in the Urban Animal Industry that is distinguished by the level of achievement and impact on the lives of people and pets within a community. Again this year, the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society won with 61% of the votes for the development and delivery of a Humane Education program featuring annual visits with educators and canine companions that have elevated the level of care and attention for animals in the region.
As a well respected animal welfare centre, the KWHS provides support and education to pet owners and sellers. From time to time, the KWHS is approached by breeders (usually the backyard breeders who have certain breeds which are sought after) who surrender puppies they cannot care for. We are currently the recipient of 17 puppies who came to us through such a transaction.