WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6 — American Humane Association, the nation’s leading charity dedicated to protecting both children and animals since 1877, will recognize Emanuel “Manny” Maciel with the prestigious Humane Hero Award on September 12. Maciel, a resident of New Bedford, MA and director of animal control for the City of New Bedford Police Department, will receive the award on stage at the organization’s inaugural Be Humane Summit at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida.
Maciel has been a volunteer responder for American Humane Association’s Red Star™ Emergency Services since 2005. During his tenure as a responder with American Humane Association, he has been on 13 emergency deployments nationwide with the organization, in addition to several others with other animal welfare organizations. Recently, Maciel deployed twice to Moore, OK to assist American Humane Association with their emergency operations after a deadly EF-5 tornado devastated parts of that community.
“We are very grateful for Manny’s unwavering dedication to the humane movement as well as to our mission,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “Our compassionate and dedicated responders are essential to our Red Star™ response team which has provided much needed help to animals in their greatest time of need since the early 1900s.”
Maciel’s dedicated mission to protect people and animals doesn’t end at just responding to help animals and communities in need. He is also a qualified instructor for Red Star’s training program. As an instructor, Maciel has taught countless animal advocates and responders about disaster response involving animals.
“I’m very appreciative to have been selected to receive this award,” said Maciel. “In the end, however, it’s about the people and the animals we help when we go into these communities in need.”
Maciel has been working with animals since 1989 and has previously served as the president of the Animal Control Officers' Association of Massachusetts.
American Humane Association’s Red Star™ Emergency Services was born on the battlefields of World War I after the Secretary of War asked the organization to go to Europe and serve as the “Red Cross for Horses” wounded in battle. Since 1916, Red Star has led hundreds of emergency efforts, serving in the aftermath of September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and other significant events challenging local communities’ resources, including animal hoarding, cruelty cases, and puppy mill seizures.
Individuals interested in joining the Red Star™ Emergency Services team can find out more by visiting www.americanhumane.org.
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