(L to R): Jim Tedford, president & CEO of AAWA, Don Bland chief animal services officer of Austin Animal Center and Joann Fuller, brand engagement manager at Hill's Pet Nutrition, U.S.

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and Hill’s Pet Nutrition named the winners of the 2022 Wagsies Video Awards, which honor the most creative and outstanding storytelling campaigns created by animal welfare organizations this year to engage and educate their local communities. The winners were announced during the Association’s Annual Fall Conference in New Orleans, which is sponsored by Hill’s.

The winners of the 2022 Wagsies Awards include:

The Overall Winner and People’s Choice category winner: Dogs Matter by Dogs Matter from Dallas

The Professional Choice category winner No. 1: Frosted Faces Deserve Love Too by Barks of Love from Fullerton, Calif.

The Professional Choice category winner No. 2: Off Leash by the Austin Animal Center from Austin, Texas

“For many years, The Association and Hill’s Pet Nutrition have given animal welfare organizations an opportunity to highlight their work through our annual video awards,” said Jim Tedford, president and CEO for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. “We couldn’t help but notice that the creativity of these organizations is boundless, so we’re thrilled to expand opportunities to submit all sorts of video promotions through the Wagsies.”

The Association presented Hill’s with the Advancement Award, recognizing Hill’s support for advancing animal welfare for the past 20 years.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is continuing the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program by reaching another milestone—helping 13 million shelter pets find new homes by providing nutrition that helps make them healthy, happy and more adoptable, company officials reported.

“We are humbled to reach such an incredible adoption m,ilestone, and are grateful to all of our animal welfare partners and to the pet parents who continue to open their homes to pets in need,” said Joann Fuller, lead of Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program. “The important work we share with these professionals and volunteers allows Hill’s to further our everyday mission to enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. We know that Hill’s nutrition, coupled with the love and care of the shelter, helps pets find new homes.”

Since 2002, Hill’s has partnered with more than 1,000 animal shelters across North America to provide more than $300 million dollars worth of food to help feed pets in need. Hill’s also provides adoption kits to new pet owners containing starter bags of Hill's pet food, coupons, pet-parenting tips and other supplies.