Seven heroes, three animals and four humans, will be given awards for their efforts on Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Pepsi Center, and 9News’ own Eric Kahnert is the emcee.
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (www.cvmf.org) invites the public to join in this celebration of the human-animal bond and recognize animals as well as individuals who have profoundly helped make Colorado a better place for animals and people.
Tickets and parking are free, but seating is limited so please RSVP to Brittney Parent-Williams at [email protected] 303.539.7638. For more information, visit www.cvmf.org.
Here are this year’s winners:
Zoe — Animal Hero: Zoe is being recognized for her courage and dedication to family. During a walk with owner Barbara and canine sibling Millie, a coyote jumped out and attacked Millie. Zoe came to the rescue and attacked the coyote, saving Millie’s life. Millie only suffered a small puncture wound thanks to Zoe’s bravery.
Jake — Human-Animal Bond: Even through a devastating cancer diagnosis, Jake stayed a strong and positive influence for his owner, Mike, and everyone they came in contact with. Jake was a pen pal with Youth and Pet Survivors program (YAPs), and was the Grand Marshall at the 2009 K-9’s Cancer Run. After passing in 2010, Jake’s memory and impact live on.
Sherwood — Service: A rehabilitation therapy dog, Sherwood has made more than 1,600 patient contacts. He helps people persevere through their rehabilitation sessions with 23 diverse activities, all under direction from his owner Randy. Sherwood is praised for his work with stroke and severe accident patients.
Temple Grandin, PhD — Human Hero: Dr. Temple Grandin is being recognized for her outstanding achievements in improving food animal handling. As a young woman with autism, she developed a unique bond with animals. Animals saved her, Grandin says. In turn, she has vastly improved the lives of food animals with her insights into behavior and her innovations in humane livestock handling. Grandin has built her career over more than 20 years lecturing on animal behavior and teaches at Colorado State University.
Heather Weir, DVM — Animal Welfare Volunteer: Dr. Heather Weir has always had a strong connection to greyhounds and felt that the plight of retired racing greyhounds was not being addressed strongly enough. She is being recognized for her determination and hard work at Almost Home for Hounds, a greyhound rescue where she spends much of her time when not teaching at Colorado State University. She performs spays, neuters, and dentals and ensures that each greyhound is well taken care of and finds a good home.
Allison Winn — Youth Animal Advocate: Diagnosed early in life with cancer, Allison was faced with many challenges. Now cancer free, she has started a not-for-profit, with her mother, called the Stink Bug Project, selling dog biscuits and using the proceeds to purchase companion dogs for other children with cancer.
Robert Vonau, DVM, DACVS — Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Robert Vonau is a dedicated and highly-appreciated volunteer veterinarian at Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital. He comes in every week to donate his knowledge and skills to performing surgeries. To date, Dr. Vonau has volunteered more than 100 hours! He is being recognized for his generous contribution to improving the lives of animals in need.
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) is dedicated to making Colorado a better place for animals and people. Its programs address key issues such as pet overpopulation, serving pets in need, and animal emergency management. Through educational, scholarship, and service programs, CVMF is improving animal health and welfare in Colorado.