Calling All Changemakers! Innovation Award Now Open for Submissions

Steve Jobs once said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” At Pethealth Inc., we celebrate those visionaries and innovative individuals who think outside the box, those who invoke change in their local communities and for animal welfare at large. 

In 2019, we unveiled the inaugural Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award in our search to find individuals across North America who have demonstrated technological innovation to enhance shelter operations. Like Diane & Bob Hoover, the founders of Chameleon shelter management software, we were looking for individuals who saw a need within the animal welfare industry and created a solution that resulted in enhanced shelter operations to ultimately save more lives. We were blown away by how many entries we received in 2019 and even more so by the quality of those submissions. It was clear to us that the animal welfare community is abound with agents of change—people who are passionate about what they do and the animals in their care.

The first year’s winner=30% RTO rate

While there were many strong contenders, the first year’s prize was awarded to Dr. Staci Cannon, DVM, from Metro Area Animal Care and Control in Nashville, Tennessee.  Dr. Cannon was an excellent candidate who demonstrated her exceptional work and its impact on animal welfare. Her program, focusing on targeted social media groups for lost pets in their community, helped to increase their Return to Owner rate from 19% to 30%! Click here to watch Dr. Cannon explain, in her own words, what she set out to achieve and what winning the first ever Diane and Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award meant to her and her organization.

Dr. Staci Cannon of Metro Area Animal Care & Control, winner of the inaugural Diane and Bob Hoover Innovation Award, 2019.

This year, we are thrilled to bring back the award for its second year. In these unprecedented times, we are confident that members of the animal welfare community have relied even more on their technological innovation and programs to deliver the utmost care to the animals in their charge. Once again, we’re asking that you share these ideas with us so that we can award $10,000 USD to that individual or group, as well as create widespread awareness about what they’ve been able to do. If you have developed or adapted technology that has been integrated within your operations prior to July 1, 2019, and have the results to show it, apply today!

As always, we are proud to partner with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement to help share the message of this award. Part of The Association’s mission statement is to “cultivate collaboration to advance the animal welfare industry,” and what better way to cultivate collaboration than to celebrate new and noteworthy technological advancements that have stemmed from collaboration at the shelter level. 

Deadline to submit is August 28

The team at Pethealth Inc. cannot wait to read your submissions and choose another deserving candidate for the award which will be announced at The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Fall Conference later this year. Submissions are being accepted now through August 28, 2020. For more information and how to apply, visit the award website

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Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award 

Please note: In order to qualify for the award this year, innovations must have been integrated within an organization’s operations prior to July 1, 2019.  Innovations developed this year, including those in response to COVID, will meet the timeframe qualification for next year’s award. 


Sean Smith, CEO

Sean joined Fairfax just prior to the acquisition of Pethealth in November of 2014. Before joining Pethealth Inc., Sean was President & CEO of both Coinamatic Canada Inc. and National Concrete Accessories. Prior to that Sean was President of IKON Canada for 12 years. Sean and Mia have four children. They live near Leaside in Toronto, Canada.


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