San Diego Humane Society Opens Nominations for Third Annual Animal Compassion Awards

Local Award Honors the Extraordinary and Inspiring Stories of People and Businesses Supporting Animals in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – January 5, 2015  |  San Diego Humane Society is now accepting nominations for the third annual “Animal Compassion Awards, ” which will recognize the extraordinary things that people and businesses do to support animals in our community.

Submissions will be accepted now through February 13 for individuals and businesses that have demonstrated an exceptional level of compassion towards animals in one of 12 categories.

“We live in one of the pet-friendliest cities in the nation, and what better reason to honor the people in our community who have inspired the special and unique bond that we share with animals?” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We see extraordinary examples everyday of people who are bettering animal welfare in San Diego and making this a more compassionate society for people and their pets. Being able to recognize those contributions is what inspired the idea behind the Animal Compassion Awards.”

Winners of the Animal Compassion Awards will be featured in the July 2015 issue of San Diego Pets Magazine! Nominations for the Animal Compassion Awards can be made at

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelli Schry: 619.250.6801 or [email protected].

Through applications submitted by the community for individuals and businesses, San Diego Humane Society will recognize and pay tribute to those who have an extraordinary and inspiring story or example of compassion towards animals in one of three categories:

Animal Impact:
Recognizes the powerful and unique relationship between people and their pets. It will highlight how an animal has impacted a human life in an extraordinary way, or vice versa.

Humane Hero:
Recognizes an individual, business or group that goes above and beyond to create positive awareness of animals and the unconditional love they bring to individuals.

Pet-Friendly Business:
Recognizes a local business that promotes and supports an extraordinary pet-friendly environment in the following categories:

  • Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant
  • Best Pet-Friendly Hotel
  • Best Pet-Friendly Housing
  • Best Groomer
  • Best Pet Sitter
  • Best Dog Beach
  • Best Dog Park
  • Best Pet Boutique
  • Best Dog Wash
  • Best Boarding Kennel

About San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services.