Humane Society prepares compassion awards

COAST CITIES — The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is seeking candidates for its first annual “Animal Compassion Awards,” to recognize the extraordinary animals and animal lovers throughout San Diego County. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 15 for individuals and businesses that have demonstrated an exceptional level of compassion toward animals in one of three categories.“We see extraordinary examples everyday of people who are bettering animal welfare in San Diego and making this a more compassionate society for people and animals, said Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

Through applications submitted by the community for individuals and businesses, the San Diego Humane Society will recognize and pay tribute to those who have an extraordinary and inspiring story or example of compassion towards animals in one of three categories:

— Human-Animal Bond: This award will recognize the powerful and unique relationship between humans and animals. This award will highlight how an animal has impacted a human life in an extraordinary way, or vice versa.

— Humane Hero: This award will recognize an individual, business or group that goes above and beyond to create positive awareness of animals and the unconditional love they bring to individuals.

— Pet-Friendly Destination: This award will recognize a local business that promotes and supports an extraordinary pet-friendly environment.

To submit an application for the Animal Compassion Awards, and for more information about eligibility and requirements, visit

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services. For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, visit




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