Mike Arms/IAMS Hero Award Given to Austin Humane Society…IAMS Home 4 the Holidays Starts!
(More to come on the launch of this year’s AWESOME program for IAMS Home 4 the Holidays — as always, in cahoots with the famous Helen Woodward Animal Center…)
But right now, I want to tell you about what else the big-hearted, generous and animal welfare-dedicated IAMS company has been up to…
Today, the IAMS Company and Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center and founder of the celebrated IAMS Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption program, presented what’s sure to become one of the most honorable achievements in the field of animal welfare in the future: the first annual Mike Arms/IAMS Hero Award.
It was presented today in recognition of the Austin Humane Society’s extraordinary relief effort in Texas’ nationally recognized Austin/Bastrop wildfires this past September.
The Austin Humane Society took the lead in coordinating the massive (and previously messy…as expected at first in any disaster…) disaster relief efforts for the animals displaced in the Austin/Bastrop counties as a result of the horrific wildfires.
The widespread disaster destroyed over 1,400 homes in the Central Texas area. The Austin Humane Society helped create a temporary triage unit in Austin and Bastrop, and provided much-needed food, refuge, and medical care for all displaced animals. Everyone is grateful for their dedicated service to enhancing the quality of life for animals and their families… some of whom, undoubtedly, went for days without knowing if their pets had gotten out or survived…
The shelter will be receiving a plaque for their wall and a check for $5,000.00 from IAMS. (In photo at left, (left-to-right) Mike Arms (Helen Woodward Animal Center), Frances Jonon (Executive Director, Austin Humane Society), Leslie Myrie (Iams), and Michel Brousset (Iams).)
IAMS gives out the Mike Arms/ IAMS Hero Award to a person or animal organization that exemplifies the commitment and passion for the lives of orphaned animals — similar to what Mike Arms has been doing for so many years. I encourage you to read his new blog, What Would Mike Say?
For the past 12 years, IAMS has joined forces with Mike Arms and the Helen Woodward Animal Center for the annual adoption campaign to help raise awareness of orphaned animals in shelters and rescues around the world. The program has created new ways to increase public awareness about orphaned animals, increase the number of pet adoptions, lower euthanasia rates, and set records for the number of people that are receiving humane education.
About Iams Home 4 the Holidays (IH4TH)
As one of the most successful pet adoption programs in the world, IH4TH partners with thousands of animal organizations dedicated to finding forever homes for orphaned pets. Founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center and supported by Iams, IH4TH began in 1999 with just 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County. Since it began 13 years ago, IH4TH – along with more than 3,500 pet adoption centers – has helped 5.8 million families experience the joy of pet adoption, including nearly 1.1 million pet adoptions from 2010. For more information, please visitwww.facebook.com/iams.
About Helen Woodward Animal Center
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community.. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.