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ASPCA Announces Winners of the 2009 Humane Awards

Ten remarkable animals and people, including a piano-playing cat and the task force who participated in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, will be honored for their heroic deeds at this year's ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R) Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City. The awards ceremony recognizes animal heroes that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts, as well as individuals who made a significant impact in the lives of animals during the past year.

Nora piano cat The ASPCA Cat of the Year is Nora, I cat I wrote about a few months ago: Nora, The Piano Playing Cat and Author. Nora was adopted from a shelter and became a YouTube sensation by playing the piano. Nora has penned several books for example My Story: A Picture Book.

Pet air mask The ASPCA "Tommy Monahan" Kid of the Year award is dedicated to Tommy Monahan, a 9-year-old Staten Island boy who perished in 2007 trying to save his pet from a house fire. Eleven-year-old Monica Plumb in Powhatan County, Virginia, decided to make a real difference after seeing a news story about a pet that was saved from a house fire due to the use of an oxygen pet mask. Monica launched PetMask.com to collect online donations to purchase pet masks for fire departments, and has since purchased more than 50 mask kits for fire stations in nine different states. Monica is truly an inspiration for other young people and a beacon for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Read more about the remarkable award winners in this ASPCA press release.
Related reading: Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories.


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