2013 Animal Hall of Fame Honorees

George T. Angell Humanitarian Award

Jay Merriam, DVM

Jay Merriam, DVM, is an equine practitioner at the Massachusetts Equine Clinic, in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, specializing in sport horse lameness. He is the founder of Project Samana, a charitable health care project in the Dominican Republic for working horses and mules.  Dr. Merriam's newest project is the Equitarians Initiative for Working Equids, a movement started two years ago with the American Association of Equine Practitioners.  

 
 

Animal Hero Award

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry

Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national ministry utilizes the unique skills of dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers trained as service animals, to open opportunities to interact with people in important ways.  An LCC team was deployed to Boston during the week following the Marathon Bombings, bringing much-needed comfort to victims in hospitals, nearby college students, running clubs, and members of the community.

 
 

Human Hero Award

Theresa Strader

Theresa Strader is the founder of the nonprofit National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado, which has housed, rehabilitated, or found homes for more than 6,900 puppy mill dogs. She has dedicated herself to ending the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry commonly known as puppy milling. Through rescue and education, her organization endeavors to enlighten the public about the terrible truth behind pet store puppies.

 
 

Young Hero Award

Brittany Wallace

Over the years, Brittany Wallace and her childhood horse Scribbles became separated.  Through a series of amazing circumstances, Brittany recently found an online picture of a mare who had been purchased by a rescuer of horses on their way to the slaughterhouse, and recognized Scribbles. Brittany brought Scribbles back home, and has been working ever since to ban the killing of horses for use as meat.

 
 

Spotlight on Compassion Award

Casey Affleck

Actor, director, and passionate animal advocate Casey Affleck joined MSPCA-Angell representatives on Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House in April to urge passage of legislation that would end intensive confinement systems for farm animals.  Explaining his activism, Affleck says, “Animals have the capacity to feel pleasure, pain, fear, and joy … whether the animal is a cat or a chicken, a dog, or a pig.”