Applications out for ‘compassion’ award

OCEANSIDE — The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is now accepting nominations for the second annual “Animal Compassion Awards,” which will recognize extraordinary animals and animal lovers throughout San Diego County. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 31 for individuals and businesses that have demonstrated an exceptional level of compassion toward animals in one of three categories.

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:

— Animal Impact Award: This award will recognize the powerful and unique relationship between people and their pets. It will highlight how an animal has impacted a human life in an extraordinary way.

— 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, visit

“We live in one of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation, and what better reason to honor the people in our community who have inspired the special and unique bond that we share with animals?,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. “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. Being able to recognize those contributions is what inspired the idea behind the Animal Compassion Awards.”

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has served San Diego County since 1880.



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