LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Michelson Found Animals Foundation hosted its 5th annual gala last weekend, where they honored outstanding leaders in the animal welfare community. At a private event held at the W Hollywood, Michelson Found Animals recognized key individuals and organizations for their outstanding dedication to animals. United States Senator Cory Booker, Best Friends Animal Society, along with Halo, Purely for Pets each received the night’s honor for their efforts to save pets and bring awareness to animals in need nationwide.
“Saving pets and enriching lives is our mission, but we can’t do it alone; our honorees have gone above and beyond to support our cause,” said Michelson Found Animals Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath. “We are so grateful to these individuals and organizations for their contributions, and for being a voice for animals.”
More about the 2016 Michelson Found Animals’ honorees:
U.S. Senator Cory Booker is a supporter of animal welfare both in his personal life and on the Senate floor. Since being elected to the Senate in 2013, Booker has co-sponsored a number of animal welfare bills, including the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which stops the abusive practice of soring, or inflicting pain to exaggerate the high-stepping gaits of horses, for certain show horses; and the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which would prohibit the slaughter of horses overseas for consumption. Most recently, Booker co-sponsored the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, which would provide a $10 million pilot program to pair service dogs with veterans with PTSD. Booker has also been a vegetarian for over 20 years and has been a vegan since 2014.
Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization with the mission of ending the killing of shelter pets in this country. Best Friends leads no-kill coalitions across the state of Utah and in the city of Los Angeles, and has new centers of operations in New York City and Atlanta as part of a national campaign to make the United States a no-kill country by 2025.
For over 30 years, HALO, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo, America’s Best Loved Holistic Brand, believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Through their Halo Pet Foundation, they work to enhance the well-being of pets and the people who love them, and strive to help pets and their families live longer, happier, healthier lives together. They seek to educate people on responsible pet ownership, eliminating animal abuse and reducing the overpopulation of uncared for pets.
“I started this foundation because I believe in a better world for our companion animals and refused to stand idly by,” said Dr. Gary Michelson, founder of Michelson Found Animals Foundation. “While these outstanding individuals and organizations don’t do what they do for fame and glory, we believe it’s incredibly important to acknowledge them for making a commitment to helping animals and encourage others to join the effort. Together we can achieve more.”
About Michelson Found Animals:
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a non-profit supporting pet-owners and animal welfare organizations; our mission is Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. After celebrating a decade of service to animals, we continue to grow as we find new and innovative ways to help pets and the people who care for them. In addition to creating the first free microchip registry, we now have our own adoption centers, research next generation spay/neuter technology, and sell affordable high quality products—all in the service of pets. Our unique perspective into all aspects of animal welfare allows us to better support pet owners and pet professionals alike. All of this is possible thanks to generous funding from Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson.
See how we’re using our brains and expertise to obtain real, sustainable, results at FoundAnimals.org. To learn more about our free microchip registry, and the many innovative tools that are making it easier to connect lost pets to their people, check out found.org. Our spay/neuter technology research is at michelsonprizeandgrants.org. And to find out more about our Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop locations, where all profits go back to caring for our adoptable pets, take a look at adoptandshop.org.