Spring has sprung and warm weather is returning across the country—allowing animals, their human companions, and caretakers to enjoy the fresh air even more than they usually do. As our furry friends step outside, American Humane is stepping up its work to make the world an even kinder place for animals.
Over the past few months, American Humane Rescue Teams have traveled to areas devastated by natural disasters—helping to care for misplaced and injured animals while working to reunite them with their loving families. Our deployment in Georgia was a huge success, where we cared for more than 130 pets whose lives were thrown into chaos after multiple tornadoes ripped through the state. And most recently, our teams wrapped up a similar effort in Tennessee.
American Humane also continued to honor the strong animal advocates and conservationists that have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into the movement.
After collecting more than 21,000 signatures, we are embarking on a campaign to create National Betty White Day, which I believe is a wonderful way to celebrate the legacy of a spirited philanthropist, animal lover, and trailblazer in the entertainment industry. In February, the signatures were delivered to Capitol Hill—one of many steps we are taking to make the national holiday a reality.
In March, I traveled to South Africa to present the Global Humanitarian Award to Adrian Gardiner, a lifelong conservationist. Through his tireless work in the region that spans decades, Adrian has altered the trajectory of numerous species in Africa for the better. No one is more deserving of our recognition.
I am also excited to announce that we are off to the races for the 2023 Hero Dog Awards to honor our four-legged friends. Nominations are now open for the country’s animal lovers to submit what are often ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things—including saving lives on the battlefield, lending their human best friend with sight or hearing, and overall contributing to the well-being of people.
I hope you enjoy our latest stories of compassion, hope, and love. As always, thank you for making the amazing work accomplished by American Humane possible.
Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D.
President and CEO