Author: Jamie McAloon Lampman, Director ICAC
We’re preparing for our Annual Humanitarian Awards Banquet and silent auction on Thursday March 29, 2012 at the Kellogg Conference Center in East Lansing. This event is a celebration of the years’ accomplishments and achievements in the animal welfare community and speaks to what’s in the future for the shelter. This event is a special tribute to the volunteers and citizens who have contributed to the adoption and protection of animals and the advancement of animal care efforts in 2011.
We expect another sell-out crowd for what is our biggest event of the year. We’ll honor those who went above and beyond to prosecute animal abusers and honor the average citizen who bandaged the wounds of an abused goat to the foster mom who took on a litter of puppies when no one else would. We’ll praise dedicated organizations who challenged the State legislature to ban the use of gas chambers in animal shelters through out Michigan. We honor those who made an impact on animals, those who made us all just a little more humane.
Volunteers dedicated an amazing 14,000 hours of volunteer service. And they earned those hours. They bathed dogs, scooped poop, cleaned up to 30 loads of laundry a day, washed over 200 bowls daily, and walked on average 30-40 dogs daily. They cleaned over 75 litter boxes a day and swept and mopped endless floors. It’s not glamorous and nor is it easy work. Yet they kept coming back because they knew they just made the life of that dog or cat a little bit better by their mere presence. Needless to say volunteers are the backbone to our successes.
We accepted 4000 stray and owner-released pets last year. On any given day we’ll have over 200 animals in the building. Many of them arriving seriously ill or injured. Our officers are the first responders to animal welfare calls and complaints for the entire county. It’s not unusual to arrive at a scene with 30 cats and a dozen dogs in horrible condition that have to be seized for their own well-being. Volunteers and foster homes are vital when these cases occur. Our attempt to thank them for all they do pales in comparison to what they do for the animals of Ingham County every day.
This year’s Master of Ceremonies is WLNS NEWS 6 Evan Pinsonnault. This event is a fundraiser for the shelter’s Animal Care and Animal Cruelty Fund. This fund was set up to provide funds for programs and services not funded through tax dollars such as the Animal Cruelty Investigation Officer, Animal Cruelty Victim Fund, the Neighborhood Vaccination Clinic, the Mobile Adoption Unit, the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, Pet Food Bank and the Free Dog House Program, just to mention a few. The Animal Care Fund is what makes these vital programs possible. Tickets for this event are $50 per person. Seating is limited. The deadline to reserve a ticket is March 20, 2011.
There will be an auction starting at 6pm. The evening is being underwritten by local businesses. Proceeds benefit the Animal Care Fund, which is dedicated to the needs of the animals at the shelter including the injured and abused animals. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information call 517-676-8372 or visit the website at www.ac.ingham.org.
Event Invitation: Humanitarian Awards Banquet Invite_2012
2012 Award Recipients:
THE BEEBE HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Jackie Gates, Connie Kapugia, Cinnamon Simpson,
Kay Jones, Tina Walton,
Larry Hagedorn, Deb Klont, Brenda Sayles
HUMANITARIAN JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS AWARD
Stuart Dunnings III, Prosecuting Attorney
Lisa McCormick Ingham County Chief Asst. Prosecuting Attorney
Jeff Cruz Ingham County Asst. Prosecuting Attorney
Honorable Judge Thomas Boyd 55th District Court,
Honorable Judge Donald L. Allen, Jr. 55th District Court
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Circuit Court
Judge Frank Deluca 54 A District Court
EXTREME FOSTER/RESCUE AWARD
Sheri Eldred & Eugenia Dumont
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECT
Omega Tau Sigma Omicron Chapter
Darcy Kelly for the Annual BFF Event
HUMANITARIAN RADIO PERSONALITY
Tim Barron 92.9 WLMI Radio
Lee Cohen & Rick Preuss 1320 WILS
HUMANITARIAN TELEVISION PERSONALITY
Ann Emmerich WLNS TV 6 Anchor
SERVICE AND EDUCATION AWARD
Community Based Instruction CBI-Mason High School
OUTSTANDING ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION
Animal Blood Resource International
LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD
Officer Judy Hood-Meridian Police Department
Officer Shannon Thielen – Lansing Police Department
JAMES HERRIOT AWARD
Dr. Joyce Heideman, DVM,
Dr. Joe Leppanen, DVM & Staff,
Dr. LeeAnn Fosdick, DVM
Haslett Animal Hospital & Staff,
Lake Lansing Animal Clinic & Staff
Jackson National Life
Highland Engineering, Inc.
Fraternal Order of Eagles #3734
Lansing Chiropractic Clinic, P.C.
ANIMAL CHOICE AWARD
Deputy Jodi LeBombard
Deputy Timothy Martin
Deputy Juan Delatorre
Deputy Marc McCrumb