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