Michelson Found Animals Hosts 5th Annual Gala
From left: Dr. Gary Michelson, founder of Michelson Found Animals Foundation; Aimee Gilbreath, Michelson Found Animals executive director; U.S. Senator Cory Booker
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation hosted its 5th annual gala earlier this month, where they honored outstanding leaders in the animal welfare community. At a private event held at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, Michelson Found Animals recognized key individuals and organizations for their outstanding dedication to animals. United States Senator Cory Booker, Best Friends Animal Society, along with Halo, Purely for Pets each received the night’s honor for their efforts to save pets and bring awareness to animals in need nationwide.
“Saving pets and enriching lives is our mission but we can’t do it alone; our honorees have gone above and beyond to support our cause,” said Michelson Found Animals executive director Aimee Gilbreath. “We are so grateful to these individuals and organizations for their contributions and for being a voice for animals.”
More about the 2016 Michelson Found Animals’ honorees:
U.S. Senator Cory Booker is a supporter of animal welfare both in his personal life and on the Senate floor. Since being elected to the Senate in 2013, Booker has co-sponsored a number of animal welfare bills, including the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which stops the abusive practice of soring, or inflicting pain to exaggerate the high-stepping gaits of horses, for certain show horses; and the Safeguard American Food Exports Act which would prohibit slaughter of horses overseas for consumption. Most recently, Booker co-sponsored the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, which would provide a $10 million pilot program to pair service dogs with veterans with PTSD.
Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization with the mission of ending the killing of shelter pets in this country. Best Friends leads no-kill coalitions across the state of Utah and in the city of Los Angeles and has new centers of operations in New York and Atlanta as part of a national campaign to make the U.S. a no-kill country by 2025.
For over 30 years, HALO, Purely for Pets has created holistic pet products. Through its Halo Pet Foundation, the company works to enhance the well-being of pets and the people who love them and strive to help pets and their families live longer, happier, healthier lives together. They seek to educate people on responsible pet ownership, eliminating animal abuse and reducing the overpopulation of uncared for pets.
“I started this Foundation because I believe in a better world for our companion animals and refused to stand idly by,” said Dr. Gary Michelson, founder of Michelson Found Animals Foundation. “While these outstanding individuals and organizations don’t do what they do for fame and glory, we believe it’s incredibly important to acknowledge them for making a commitment to helping animals and encourage others to join the effort. Together we can achieve more.”