The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies has established several awards to honor those who have made a difference in animal welfare. Recipients of the awards are recognized at the VFHS annual conference and honor the achievements of the prior year.
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The Advocacy Award is presented to a person or organization who has made significant improvements in animal welfare on a policy level. This award recognizes those who influence and instigate changes within a private organization, to local ordinances, or to state or national legislation.
This award was established in honor of Sandy Lerner, a philanthropist and animal welfare advocate who has generously supported the goals and objectives of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies through funding from the Bosack & Kruger Foundation that she and her husband established. This optional award is presented to an Active Member organization that has made a significant contribution to reducing pet overpopulation through spay/neuter services and resources within the community.
Former VFHS President Elizabeth Sills established the Bravo Award in 1992. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment of outstanding service to promote animal welfare, who has been instrumental in making an impact within an animal welfare organization in Virginia.
The Companion Award was established to honor an animal that has made a tremendous contribution to human lives, and who exemplifies the strength and value of the human/animal bond. This award is presented to an animal that has provided a benefit to its human companion or community through saving, preserving, or improving human life.
This award was named in memory of Pearl Twyne, who founded the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies in 1959. This annual award is presented to an Active Member organization that has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and whose accomplishments reflect the Federation's goal of eradicating the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in the community.
The Humanitarian Award was named in memory of Jim Godwin, who was a driving force for new and expanded legislation in animal welfare. He fought to make life better for the animals and saved thousands from the hands of cruelty. This annual award is presented to an animal control officer who has demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his or her job, and made a significant positive impact on the image of the animal control profession.
The Longevity Award is new in 2016, and is presented to an individual or organization that has shown dedicated service to animal welfare for more than a decade. The recipient’s contributions may be in any form, whether it be working for policy change, sheltering, reducing euthanasia, or any other efforts which exhibit exemplary dedication to improving the lives of companion animals over a significant amount of time.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD
This award is presented to an individual who has devoted significant time and effort to improving the lives of companion animals through volunteer work in his or her community. The recipient of this award exemplifies the value of compassion, and is tirelessly devoted to those animals living in unfortunate circumstances, whether they are in a shelter, on the streets, or in unfortunate private ownership situations.
TNR HERO AWARD
The prevalence of feral cat communities has garnered great attention in the media and the General Assembly in recent years. It is one of the biggest challenges faced by the animal welfare community. The TNR Hero Award was created to give special recognition to those who work tirelessly to address the problem in a humane manner. This award is given to a person or organization that has devoted extensive time and resources to promoting participation in trap-neuter-return efforts in the Commonwealth.
VETERINARY PARTNERSHIP AWARD
The Veterinary Partnership Award was established to recognize a veterinarian who gives time and services to promote animal welfare in conjunction with an agency that provides direct care to animals. This award is presented to a veterinarian who donates services and support to a local animal care and control, animal shelter or rescue group, in its effort to provide free or low cost veterinary care for homeless and abused animals.