Join Willamette Humane Society in honoring our 2016 Humaneitarian Award nominees and recipients. The Awards Ceremony, presented by Capitol Subaru, and sponsored by Salem Electric, and Roth’s Fresh Markets, was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Pringle Hall Community Center.
Humaneitarian Award- Shannon Priem
Imagine being in the very difficult position of needing medical care at the hospital while leaving your pet at home alone. On a regular basis, patients at Salem Health refuse treatment so they can stay home and care for their animals. Shannon Priem saw this problem and in 2012 created a solution: FETCH (Fido’s Emergency Team for Caring Hospitals).
FETCH volunteers foster these animals so their owners can get well with peace of mind. She’s pictured above with Poppy, one such foster.
But… that’s just the beginning. Shannon has served on the Willamette Humane Society Board of Directors since 2008, including as President. Her work with the Marion Polk Community Cat Program began at its inception in 2013. She’s also brought attention to many cats available for adoption on her blog for whs4pets.org.
Golden Paw Award- George Piter
When George Piter walks into a hospital room, no one pays any attention to him. Instead, everyone stares at his cat… on a leash. For the past ten years, George and his three therapy cats have visited countless patients at Salem Hospital.
Maggie, a homeless calico, adopted George and his wife as she followed them home one day after their walk. Maggie was special from day one; she trained George in animal therapy. Eventually, George and his cats were trained and certified through Pet Partners.
Maggie sadly passed away at age 17, but she is not forgotten. Junior, Leo, and Squeak, George’s current therapy cats, are her living legacy.
Young Paw Award- Brendan Boyer
Whether it’s the energy of youth or his love for animals,
16-year-old Brendan Boyer is a go-to volunteer… maybe it’s both!
As a member of the Humane-a-Teens group at WHS, Brendan engages at the meetings, jumps in on projects, and volunteers with outreach events. He was instrumental in last year’s Bowser’s Boo Bash by managing the silent auction items and staying on board for check-out and cleanup. He even helped a couple get a cumbersome dog house to their car.
In just two years, Brendan earned his advanced dog walker certification through his volunteer time and training. He and his family also foster kittens and cats through WHS.
Volunteer of the Year Award- Marianne Fox
There isn’t a dog that Marianne Fox doesn’t love AND she’s passionate about telling everyone about them! Her Facebook page is filled with pictures of adoptable dogs from Willamette Humane Society. As an adoptions ambassador, she strives to find the perfect match…for both family and dog.
Marianne has volunteered nearly 2,000 hours in just two years. She is fully invested in the kennel buddy program, adoptions, taking dogs on respite, and giving countless baths.
She also has an incredible impact on other volunteers and the staff at WHS. Her cheery, energetic personality is contagious.
2016 Event Photos
Watch the full Humaneitarian Award Ceremony on CCTV Salem, Channel 23!
- Brendan Boyer – WHS Youth Volunteer
- Katie Decker – WHS Employee
- Marianne Fox – WHS Volunteer
- Jolene Jones – WHS Volunteer
- BJ Martinez – WHS Volunteer
- Tom Midgley – WHS Volunteer
- Becky Mucha – Second Chance Salem Volunteer
- George Piter – Salem Hospital Therapy Cat Volunteer
- Shannon Priem – WHS Volunteer
- Estelle Watson – WHS and Marion County Dog Shelter Volunteer
- Debbie West – Prevent-A-Litter, Marion County Dog Shelter, and Salem Friends of Felines Volunteer
- The Humaneitarian Award recognizes a person who exemplifies Willamette Humane Society’s mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people in a volunteer capacity. The recipient will receive a hand-cast bronze sculpture by artist Calvin Stinger.
- The Golden Paw Award recognizes significant work or deeds for animals, performed as a paid professional.
- The Young Paw Award recognizes a young adult’s actions to help animals, considered for nominees under 18.
- The Volunteer of the Year Award honors a current WHS volunteer for their exemplary service.
Past award recipients include:
- 2015: Idi Vargas, Lost & Found Pets of Salem
- 2014: Denise Smith, Animal Advocate
- 2013: Dr. Sheri Morris, Dr. Mark Stoenner & Juan Lopez of Willamette Valley Animal Hospital
- 2012: Michelle Blake of Fences for Fido
- 2011: Martha Russell, Adopt-An-Oregon-Dog Blogger
- 2010: Marsha Chambers of Hope’s Haven
- 2009: Dr. Arlene Brooks of the Last Chance Club
- 2008: Betty Emerson, volunteer for WHS and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
- 2007: Monte & Barb Turner, WHS volunteers
Photos from Past Humaneitarian Award Ceremonies2015 2014 2013
He loved to hear new ideas and work on projects that improve the way Willamette Humane Society provides compassionate services to pets and people.