American Humane Association, the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, has recognized recording artist and performer Paula Abdul for her support of the organization’s Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS)® Program. The PAWS Program protects pets from domestic violence by keeping families and their beloved pets together when fleeing abusive situations.
Abdul’s extensive support included serving as a spokesperson, recording a public service announcement, raising awareness of the program among domestic violence shelters, and raising funds to support the program’s expansion, including auctioning designer items from her personal wardrobe.
“It is our great pleasure to confer on Paula Abdul this award of recognition dedicated to the outreach she has performed, not only for PAWS, but for the entire American Humane Association,” said Dale Austin, chief operating officer. “Thanks in part to her, the lives of many women, children and pets in dire need have benefited and improved.”
The PAWS Program acknowledges the vital role of human-animal interaction by working with domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets on-site and thus allow women to bring their pets with them — keeping women, their children and their pets safe, and enabling them to enjoy the comfort of each other’s company as they make a major life change together.
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Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association atwww.americanhumane.org today.