ASPCA honors an inspiring handful of people (and pets!) at the 2013 Humane Awards Luncheon in NYC

Thursday, December 5, 2013

On November 21st, a spectacular crowd gathered at Cipriani on 42nd Street to recognize a few inspiring individuals — not all of whom were human.

Hosted by acclaimed television journalist Chuck Scarborough, the annual ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon honored a number of people who have made a significant effort in preventing animal cruelty, along with a handful of animals who have made stunning contributions to society.

The Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award went to Catherine Hubbard, a six-year-old with a deep love and passion for animals, and one of the twenty children whose lives were taken by last year’s devastating Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Koshka, a courageous cat, was recognized after she provided tremendous emotional support to a soldier on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan.

Other honorees include Xena, a remarkable pitbull who was awarded the Dog of the Year award, and Theresa Strader, founder and executive director of the National Mill Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for puppy mill survivors. Good Morning America’s Dan Harris was this year’s Media Excellence Award recipient.

“This year’s winners not only exemplify our mission of preventing cruelty to animals, but bring greater awareness to the unique and meaningful bond between humans and their pets,” said ASPCA President and CEO, Matthew Bershadker. “We’re humbled by their achievements and their dedication to the voiceless and vulnerable animals who bring us so much joy.”


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