Much of the hoopla has died down from Spotlight 2013, but fond memories remain.
After expenses, the event cleared nearly $90,000 for pets and pet-loving families. The funds will strengthen our adoption program, fuel our capacity expansion, and make possible all the programs that are part of the PAWS mission.
Eight animals and their corresponding humans were honored with the 2013 Community Hero Pet Awards. Narcotics Detection K9 Rusty, having recently retired from the Bainbridge Island Police Department, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Officer Dale Johnson. In his law enforcement career, Rusty was credited with 547 "finds," assisted in 181 arrests, and was responsible for seizures of 12 vehicles and over $131,000 in drug-related cash. Rusty and Officer Johnson also presented captivating educational programs many times at PAWS WagFest and other community events.
Seven Hero Pet category winners walked away with ribbons, gift bags, and accolades from an adoring crowd. Top honors of the evening, the coveted People's Choice Award, went this year to the winner of the Therapy Animal category, Jed, capably assisted by Terry Cowen of Poulsbo. Three-legged Jed is practically a fixture at Gordon Elementary, imparting lessons about compassion, confidence, acceptance, and perseverance.
Thank you to the event sponsors, volunteers, bidders, auction committee, and the donors of an amazing array of auction items, as well as everyone else who pitched in to make this the most successful PAWS fundraising event ever.
Please support and thank our generous event sponsors:
Pam & Pete Hendrick
Sound Construction and Coating, Inc.
Liz Greenlees, DVM
Meet Our 2013 Heroes