Heroes Winners & Sucess Stories

Heroes Winners & Sucess Stories

NAIA applauds people who provide positive examples in working with animals and supporting human-animal interactions. If you know a hero, winner, or success story, please send details and contact information to heroes@naiaonline.org

 

CHRISTOPHER REEVE GETS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

The 2003 Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service on behalf of medical research went to Christopher Reeve, the actor who was paralyzed from the neck down after a fall from his horse. Reeve never gave up; in the...


SENIORS SHINE IN AGILITY

By Ozzie Foreman | Published: 01/27/2012

Senior citizens make up a large percentage of great achievers in obedience and agility. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim Hutchins, his wife Ruth, and their Boxers, are truly inspiring. At age 70, Jim devotes his retirement...


RODEO GROUP EARNS 2003 EQUINE WELFARE AWARD

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

The American Association of Equine Practitioners honored the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association with the Lavin Cup, an equine welfare award presented to organizations that demonstrate exceptional compassion or...


MERCK HELPS VANQUISH RIVER BLINDNESS

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

In 1987, Merck & Company began a plan to donate its drug Mectizan to tropical nations suffering from river blindness, a debilitating parasite-borne disease that can infect millions of people annually. As a result...


EDEN BRINGS ANIMALS, GARDENS TO NURSING HOMES

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

Everyone knows that animals bring pleasure to people. Many dog owners in particular belong to therapy groups that visit a variety of facilities to bring that pleasure to patients and residents. The Eden Alternative...


IAMS IS NAIA’S “HERO OF THE YEAR” FOR 2004

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

The National Animal Interest Alliance has selected The Iams Company as its 2004 “Hero of the Year” for the company’s remarkable leadership in advancing animal well-being and supporting the...


THE WILDS EXEMPLIFIES PARTNERSHIPS TO SAVE SPECIES

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

In 1986, a coal company, a bunch of zoos, and an Ohio state agency formed a unique public-private partnership with the ambitious plan to protect and conserve endangered species in natural areas. Today, the Wilds is...


SPCA CINCINNATI SAVES KATRINA DOGS

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

Dozens of organizations responded to a call for help when New Orleans was smashed by Hurricane Katrina in September. One of the first in line was SPCA Cincinnati, Ohio, an association well-known in Ohio and Kentucky...


THE STAMP COLLECTOR

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

Ed Owens has been a stamp collector (or philatelist) for nearly 50 years, but his hobby has likely never served him as well as it did over the past several weeks, while he led a charge against the abuses of the US...


IN PRAISE OF A WILDLIFE WARRIOR: A TRIBUTE TO STEVE IRWIN

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/27/2012

To some, he was as wild as the animals he caught on film.  To others, he was a consummate showman.  But no one could accuse Steve Irwin of ambivalence or complacency. He knew all too well that wildlife...


A FANCIER FOR LIFE: MEET LORRAINE STILL

By Erin Ann Rouse | Published: 01/27/2012

The one red leaf, the last of its clan, That dances as often as dance it can. —Samuel Taylor Coleridge   She was born in 1925, became active in the sport of purebred dogs in 1947, and is still going...


GOOD THINGS GIVEN RIGHTLY

By Erin Ann Rouse | Published: 01/27/2012

To win Best in Show at Westminster is a lifelong dream for most people in the AKC world of dogs. With honors bestowed, it’s easy to see that the dogs feel the thrill of such a win as well—the excitement,...