This past Saturday I was honored to be in Los Angeles to share the stage with the eight finalists for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. These extraordinary canines and their handlers demonstrated that true heroism is on both ends of the leash, and through each unique story, they are working to strengthen the human-animal bond, a true cornerstone to promoting a more humane world. Congratulations to all of the Hero Dogs who participated in this national campaign, to our eight outstanding finalists, and to America’s Hero Dog—Roselle!
But I was also thrilled to announce an exciting partnership that will truly go a long way to grow one of this nation’s oldest humanitarian organizations, and the only one dedicated to the protection of both children and animals. Lois Pope, one of America’s foremost philanthropists, has a true passion for children and animals and has embraced the significance of the work of American Humane Association, particularly our Red Star™ Emergency Services teams, who have been particularly busy this spring and summer responding to a myriad of disasters affecting millions of Americans across this great nation.
Mrs. Pope presented American Humane Association with a $1 million gift, which we will immediately put to use as part of our Red Star™ National Centennial Campaign and will serve to launch a new partnership with the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. Our teams have been wherever disaster strikes since the First World War, and thanks to Mrs. Pope, American Humane Association will be able to expand our reach in the years to come. Over the next five years, the Red Star™ National Centennial Campaign will raise funds to boost our nation’s capacity to prepare for—and care for—children and animals in emergencies, as well as assist the recovery of communities through the healing power of animal-assisted therapy.
I want to once again thank Mrs. Pope for agreeing to partner with American Humane Association in this extraordinary way. Her generous commitment will help save and enrich the lives of countless children and animals affected by disasters.