National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Last November I announced a contest for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.  I am pleased to announce the honorees of the donations to the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota, the Humane Society of Seattle/King County and the Arizona Humane Society.  I was born and raised in Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and it is the site of my book.  My undergraduate degree is from Seattle Pacific University.  I now reside in Arizona.  Hence, the three humane societies receiving a check.

Animal Shelters provide a (regrettably) essential service both to the animals and to our communities.  Most of the time, animals are there because of the people who initially took them home.  Seldom is a shelter animal in that situation due to their own temperament.  In fact, I always counsel people to consider adoption from a shelter.  In my experience, these are the most grateful animals – they seem to know they’ve received a second chance.  They are generally also quite healthy.  I typically only see them for annual physicals.  

Volunteers and donors at shelters are special people.  It is a privilege for me to support them just as the employees and retirees of the following firms supported me and the book Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life.  First are the honorees and then the humane society who will receive a check in their names:

3M Company                             Animal Humane Society in Minnesota
Microsoft                                   The Humane Society of Seattle/King County
US Airways                                Arizona Humane Society


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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