By Kay Hyman for The Island Connection
Maddie’s Fund a national family foundation has surprised nine animal welfare leaders, including Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore, with the first ever Maddie Hero Awards.
A first of its kind, the prestigious Maddie Hero Award, honors incredible efforts in animal lifesaving and furthering a “no-kill” mission for shelters across the nation. It comes with a $10,000 grant for each of their respective organizations while recognizing and honoring the “top dogs” in communities that are not only advancing the welfare of companion animals in the United States, but also leading the way with their innovative ideas, progressive thinking and lifesaving actions.
Exemplifying Maddie’s Fund’s core values of honesty, integrity and mutual respect, these nine individuals are making a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats, and are deserving of incredible recognition.
“I am so thankful for this recognition and this $10,000 grant, which will continue to help us in our mission to keep Charleston a No Kill Community,” Elmore said. “But there is no ‘I’ in ‘Team,’ and this award would not be possible without the incredible team we have assembled at Charleston Animal Society.”
“We congratulate these nine award winners,” says Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Executive Leadership Team, Maddie’s Fund. “We hope this grant opportunity spotlights the incredible efforts of these men and women, and encourages others in animal welfare to put their innovative thinking into action. Maddie’s Fund believes that everyone can make a difference with the tools available right now to become a no-kill nation.”