Awards

The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies has established several awards to honor those who have made a difference in animal welfare. Recipients of the awards are recognized at the VFHS annual conference and honor the achievements of the prior year.

There is someone out there who deserves to be recognized and we want to give them the recognition they deserve!  The award categories are listed below.  We depend upon you to tell us about the great work your colleagues are doing.  You may download the award nomination form here to submit your nominees for consideration and email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Plesae do NOT send hard copies by mail.  

The deadline to Cast Your Ballot is February 9, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 Award Winners! Read about them here

AWARD CATEGORIES:

ADVOCACY AWARD

The Advocacy Award is presented to an organization or individual who has made significant improvements in animal welfare on a policy level.  This award recognizes those who influence and instigate changes within a private organization, to local ordinances, or to state or national legislation.

AYRSHIRE AWARD

The Ayrshire award was established in honor of Sandy Lerner, a philanthropist and animal welfare advocate who generously supported the goals of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies through funding from a foundation she established.  This award is presented to a Member organization or individual who has made a significant contribution to reducing the number of dogs and cats entering shelters by the advocacy for, and promotion of, affordable and available spay/neuter services.

BRAVO AWARD

The Bravo Award honors Elizabeth Sills who served VFHS as President for over 15 years.  This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting animal welfare, who has been instrumental in making an impact within an animal welfare organization, and who is a reflection of the values of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.

COMPANION AWARD

The Companion Award pays tribute to an animal who exemplifies the value and strength of the human/animal bond.  This award is presented to an animal who has made an extraordinary difference for a person or community by saving, preserving or improving human life.

COMPASSION AWARD

The Compassion award was named in memory of Pearl Twyne, who founded the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies in 1959.  This award recognizes a Member organization or individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership qualities and whose accomplishments reflect the mission of VFHS to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in Virginia.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

The Humanitarian Award was named in memory of Jim Godwin, who was a driving force for new and expanded legislation in animal welfare.  This award is presented to an animal control officer who has made a significant positive impact on the image of the animal control profession, established positive relationships with animal welfare partners, and demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his or her job.

LONGEVITY AWARD

The Longevity Award is presented to an organization or individual who has served in animal welfare for more than a decade.  The recipient's contributions may be in working for policy change, animal sheltering or rescue, reducing euthanasia, or any other efforts which exhibit exemplary dedication to improving the lives of companion animals over a significant amount of time.

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD

The Outstanding Volunteer award is presented to an individual who has devoted significant time and effort to improving the lives of companion animals through volunteerism.  The recipient personifies compassion, and is tirelessly devoted to animals living in unfortunate circumstances, whether those animals are in a shelter, on the streets, or privately maintained.

TNR HERO AWARD

The TNR Hero award offers special recognition to those who are committed to serving and saving the lives of community cats.  This award is given to an organization or individual who has devoted extensive time and resources to promoting trap-neuter-return efforts in the Commonwealth. 

VETERINARY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

The Veterinary Partnership Award recognizes a veterinarian who contributes time and expertise to an agency that provides direct care to animals.  This award is presented to a veterinarian who donates services and support to a local animal care and control, animal shelter or rescue group.