Pet Hero Awards


By showcasing these outstanding contributions, we hope to inspire everyone to become involved in defending the rights of animals. Pet Hero Awards promote public awareness of the causes that protect our animals. The Pet Hero Awards celebrate individuals, associations, professionals, pets and business organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving and protecting animal lives. Our belief is by recognizing role models, others will aspire to excellence, as well. Our Advisory Board Members are solely responsible nominating  potential Pet Hero Award candidates. It is essential that this group be totally committed to our cause and willing to invest the time and/or financial commitment necessary to keep our awards program standards of excellence intact.




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Meet the 2016 Pet Hero Award Winners

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Dr. Neal Barnard

Lifetime Achievement Award

Founder the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Dr. Neal Barnard's Tribute



Kristy Hinze Clark

Humanitarian of the Year
Super Model and Animal Advocate

Kristy Hinze Clark's Tribute


Candy Udell

Animal Advocate of the Year
Candy Udell's Tribute

Animal Cancer Foundation

Animal Health Award 
Animal Cancer Foundation's Tribute


Last Chance Animal Rescue, St. Francis Farm

Outstanding Sanctuary  
St. Francis Farm Tribute



Dr. Marty Goldstein

Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Marty Goldstein's Tribute


The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Outstanding Rescue Organization
The Mayor's Alliance for
NYC's Animals Tribute



Found Animals Foundation

Outstanding Foundation Pet Hero Award
Found Animals Foundation's Tribute



Outstanding Pet  
Read Brock's Tribute



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2014 Pet Hero Award Winners

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Prince Lorenzo Borghese

Humanitarian of the Year

Celebrity, President of Royal Treatment and owner Royal Pet Club
Prince Lorenzo's Tribute



Andy Sabin

Outstanding Pet Philanthropist - Conservationist and Philanthropist
Andy Sabin's Tribute


Dr. David T. Crouch, DVM

Outstanding Veterinarian
David T. Crouch's Tribute



Angel On A Leash,
David Frei

Special Achievement Award
Read David Frei's Tribute

Friends of Finn, Amanda Hearst and Georgina Bloomberg

Outstanding Rescue Committee

Founder and Chair of Friends of Finn and Market editor at Marie Claire

Friends of Finn Tribute
with Amanda and Georgina


Jean Shafiroff

Outstanding Volunteer
Jean Shafiroff's Tribute



“Maddy” Madelyn Grace with Angela Fletcher

Amazing Pet of the Year 
Maddie and Angela's Tribute



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2013 Pet Hero Award Winners

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Lou Wegner

Junior Ambassador Award

Actor, Founder of Kids Against
Animal Cruelty

Lou's Tribute



The Cesar Millan Foundation

Outstanding Foundation

Ceasar Millan Foundation's Tribute




Outstanding Corporation

Subaru Tribute



Jerome and Riki Shaw

Outstanding Philanthropist

Jerome and Riki Shaw's Tribute



Christie Brinkley

Humanitarian of the Year

Actress & Supermodel

Christie Brinkley's Tribute



Main Line
Animal Rescue

Outstanding Rescue Organization

Main Line Animal Rescue's Tribute




Animal Welfare Education

ASPCA's Tribute



Teresa Meekins, DVM

Outstanding Veterinarian

Teresa Meekins's Tribute


Guardians of Rescue

Outstanding Volunteers

Guardians of Rescue Tribute



Animal Rescue Fund
of the Hamptons

Shelter of the Year

Animal Rescue Fund
of the Hamptons's Tribute



An Act of Dog

Animal Welfare Arts

Act of Dog's Tribute



Jane Hoffman

Outstanding Director

Jane Hoffman's Tribute




Outstanding Dog

Frenchie's Tribute


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2012 Pet Hero Award Winners

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Pilots N Paws
Debi Boies

Rescue Organization of the Year

Pilots N Paws Tribute



Sharon Levine
and Richard Rubin,

Baiting Hollow
Farm Vineyard
and Horse Rescue

Political Action Award

Sharon Levine
and Richard Rubin's Tribute



Jill Rappaport

Pet Humanitarian of the Year

Jill Rappaport's Tribute



Sony Schotland,
Co-Founder of ARF
of the Hamptons and Southampton Animal Shelter

Founder's Award of the Year

Sony Schotland's Tribute



and Dr. Cynthia Otto

Amazing Pet Award

Dolce's Full Tribute

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

Shelter of the Year

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundationn's Tribute


Dr. Joseph C.
Ramaekers, D.V.M.

Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Josephs C. Ramaekers' Tribute



Zoe Kamitses
Arf of the Hamptons Volunteer

Volunteer of the Year

Zoe Kamitses's Tribute



Naomi Judd

Humanitarian of the Year


Most people know Naomi Judd as  a country singer and humanitarian. After being diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a chronic liver disease that she contracted during her previous career as a registered nurse, her singing career was sadly cut short. Though she retired from the music industry, Ms. Judd did not retreat from the public spotlight; instead, she has devoted her fame and celebrity to build a better world for both people and animals.


Ms. Judd’s charity work is far-reaching, and includes American Humane Association, River ...



Naomi Judd's Tribute



American Humane

Outstanding Animal Welfare Organization


The American Humane Association is the country’s oldest national humane organization – one that extends its protection to animals and children, alike.  American Humane Association positively impacts hundreds of millions of animals each year – more than any other organization in the world.


For hundreds of dogs and cats, a second chance at life was just a transport away. In late May, American Humane Association took part in two dramatic transcontinental transports to save more of the 3-4 million animals relinquished to shelters that are euthanized each year. This week-long...


American Humane Tribute

Alison Eastwood

Animal Advocate of the Year


Alison Eastwood is an actress, film director and producer but most importantly an animal advocate. She grew up in Carmel, California where she spent her childhood riding horses, which instilled a deep love and respect for animals and nature. She is an active member of several animal welfare organizations and donates her time fundraising and volunteering to help save animals. Alison has been actively involved in trying to ban the the killing of wild horses in Nevada and is also the spokesperson for Marine Animal Rescue of Los Angeles. She is spearheading their fundraising efforts to build a new marine mammal care center. She has also  been involved...

Alison Eastwood's Tribute


Katie Cleary

Animal Welfare Spokesperson of the Year


Katie Cleary is a woman of many talents, be it model, actress, filmmaker, or philanthropist she is a dedicated professional. From her debut on "America`s Next Top Model" she moved on to “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Two And A Half Men.” Much more than a beautiful face, she soon realized she preferred to focus on using the media to benefit animal welfare.

Katie founded the animal welfare organization, Peace 4 Animals in 2012 and was the creator and Executive Producer of the Award-Winning Documentary, Give Me Shelter, which was released on Netflix on May 1, 2015. The film raises awareness for the most important animal welfare issues...

Katie Clearly's Tribute



Petco Foundation

Foundation of the Year


Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work across the country to assist pets in finding loving homes. With more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, the Petco Foundation inspires and empowers communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.  In partnership with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country, the Petco Foundation has helped more than 4.9 million pets – and counting – find homes with families who love them. We commend...

Petco Foundation Tribute



Animal Welfare Education


Heart provides humane animal welfare educational programs at no charge to public schools and non-profit agencies. Their educational curriculum teaches compassion and respect for all living beings and is taught to students of all ages, ethnicities, races, religious beliefs and socio-economic status. These services are currently provided to educators, administrators and community leaders in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Portland with the goal of replicating these remarkable programs throughout the nation.  Their mission is in perfect harmony with the Pet Philanthropy Circle belief that if we reach young children, they can teach their parents.  Hoorah for Heart!

Heart Tribute



Matthew Talbot

Outstanding Junior of the Year


The future of animal welfare rests in the hands of our youth and if all youngsters take that responsibility as seriously as Matthew Talbot, our Outstanding Junior of the Year, we can rest easy.  At the young age of nine, he successfully encouraged other children to join him in a Hammonton, New Jersey project named, "Paws for a Cause".  Launching this awareness campaign in his school saved 120 dogs from high kill areas in Georgia. Some of those rescued were only minutes away from a gas chamber...


Mathew Talbot's Tribute



Jamie’s Rescue

Rescue Organization of the Year


Few people alive would be willing to leave a remarkable career as a photojournalist to open a rescue in intercity Miami, but that is exactly what Jamie Robinson did.  After being the first woman photographer for CBS news, serving as the White House photographer during the Jimmy Carter Administration and then back to NYC working with Barbara Walters, Jamie decided to follow her passion to help homeless animals.


She opened Jamie’s Rescue in 2007 when she moved to Miami to rescue street dogs.  Soon she...

Jamie's Rescue Tribute



Amazing Grace

Outstanding Pet


In July 2006, seven dogs were loaded into a gas chamber at Liberty Animal Control in Hinesville, GA.  Five were puppies and two were larger breeds.  None had names.  When the control officer returned to empty the chamber thirty-two minutes later she was shocked at what she saw.  A beagle-mix dog was still alive and gasping for air. Horrified, the control officer transported her to a local veterinarian office. Her story became national news when CNN picked up the story.


Phil Draughon, a gentleman from Illinois, was smitten by the story.  Heartbroken that the...

Amazing Grace's Tribute


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Meet the 2015 Pet Hero Award Winners

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