Humane Society-Conrad Hilton Award
By: Scarlett C.
Picture this… a poor, cute, little, puppy out in the streets with nowhere to go. You stop, and think. Who can help this adorable little puppy? Maybe, the pound or shelter? No, maybe the Humane Society? Yes, that’s it! The Humane Society! You call and they’re on their way. That poor cute little puppy will no longer have to sit in the streets waiting…
I am nominating the Humane Society for the Hilton Humanitarian Award. The Humane Society should receive this award because they have helped animals like poor, cute, sick, little, puppies who can not stand up for themselves. So many animals would thank the Humane Society for saving the animals’ lives if they could. The Humane Society saves the lives of animals every single day. To receive this award you have to improve the lives of others and the Humane Society improves the lives of animals.
Over 150 years ago being kind to animals was a new idea. Animal cruelty was something that people thought was a part of everyday life. People thought it was ok and didn’t think twice about harming or overworking animals. For example, in the 1860’s over 300 dogs were caught and drowned daily in New York City alone . People didn't care that animals were suffering and it was often a public spectacle. Now, you might have thought this whole thing started because of dogs and cats. Well, you thought wrong. It all started when a man called Henry Bergh saw a horse being beaten and tortured. That’s when he decided enough was enough. He tried to pass a law against animal cruelty. That idea didn't work. So, he tried again. This time he would be more convincing. Soon after a law was passed that animal cruelty would not be allowed. In 1866 he successfully established the first animal protection agency in New York City. This was the first humane society on record. Still people were cruel to animals.
Eventually the AHA (American Humane Association) was created in 1877 and spread throughout the United States. The AHA is the oldest national organization in the USA. In 1993,the AHA spent 8 weeks working along the Mississippi river because of the previous flood, where a lot of animals were hurt and killed. The Humane Society gave 150,000 pounds of food to animals, more than 4,000 vaccines, and 2,000 pounds of cat litter. AHA continues to work to outlaw puppy mills, ban cruel steel-jaw leghold traps used in the fur trade, and protect animals in wildlife refuges safe from hunters. This national organization also helps local shelters with education.
The Humane Society tries to protect animals at the local animal shelters. A lot of animals die in shelters because no one will adopt them. Poor health makes the animals un-adoptable. The animals are humanely put to death in shelters if they are unadoptable. Animals over the age of 5 or 6 are humanely put to death. The Humane Society tries to stop the shelters from doing this. There are so many homeless animals and not enough homes for them. Tons of pets are sent to the Humane Society to find homes. Old and sick pets are humanely put to death sooner than young and youthful pets. One of their missions is “To prevent cruelty before it occurs.” Another one is to “Try to educate people about saving animals.” One way the Humane Society tries to raise awareness is by doing sponsored runs. For example: Ron Sadousky ran through death valley for “needy animals”. Another example of the AHA’s impact on humanity is: Pets and their owners run K9 5-K’s. Another impact they have on animals is that the Humane Society rescues, shelters, spay and neuters.
One of the Humane Society’s qualities to help is that they take animals from shelters to find home for young and old pets. They rescue animals around the world. There are so many reasons why the Humane Society should receive the Conrad Hilton award.
The Humane Society should receive the Conrad Hilton award because they are improving the lives of animals as I speak. Possibly even saving the lives of animals. My slogan for the Humane Society is: “Happy pets makes a happy world!” That basically explains it. The Humane Society makes happy pets which makes a happy world, and with a humane brain you can make a change!
Poynter, Margaret. Too Few Happy Endings: The Dilemma of the Humane Societies. New York: Atheneum, 1981. Print.
Sateren, Shelley Swanson. The Humane Societies: A Voice for the Animals. Parsippany, NJ: Dillon, 1997. Print.