Calling All Changemakers: How Does $15K for Your Org Sound?

The Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award Is Open For Submissions Now Through September 3

Pethealth Inc. and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement are proud to announce the return of the Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award—now in it’s third year. 

This year’s award celebrates technological innovations integrated before July 1, 2020. That means we’ll be championing organizations who have strived to save more animals’ lives—or provided enhanced care for them—in these recent times of crisis and amidst natural disasters.

For inspo, take a look at past winners and read on for the 2021 contest’s details & deadlines.

2019 Winner: Staci Cannon, DVM, & Metro Area Animal Care & Control

Using a simple but mighty feature of their shelter software, Dr. Cannon and her team at Metro Animal increased their RTO by 11 percentage points. 

The program works like this: Volunteer admins run multiple Facebook groups for lost and found pets in the county. Using Chameleon and the Postmaster automated email technology, daily intake reports get sent to the Facebook group admins. The reports include a list of animals with photos and descriptions targeted by zip code, so they can cross-check to see if any of these pets have been posted in the groups. The volunteers then directly reach out to the owners. Learn more about the program here.

2020 Winner: Adan Parra, Michele Anderson & the IT team at El Paso Animal Services

This winning crew created a map of lost and found pets using GIS software. If someone loses or finds a pet, they can go to the map and zoom into that location of the neighborhood and see the lost and found pets in that area. This narrows their search so they’re not looking through hundreds of pets on a website. Users can search by location, which brings up photos of the animals, or search by the photos, which track back to the map. Listen to a podcast with the winners.

2021 Winner: Your Organization’s Name Here…

Pethealth Inc. welcomes applications from organizations that have:

  • Exhibited innovation and enhanced shelter operations and/or the advancement of animal welfare in their community during crises or amidst natural disasters
  • Inspired, engaged or created solid values within the organization or community
  • Integrated the innovation before July 1, 2020

To apply, you’ll need to describe, in 500 words or less, the positive impact you’re making on animal welfare during times of crisis. To help highlight the impact of your innovation, feel free to include photos and videos. The grand prize winner will receive $15,000 and the first runner-up will receive $5,000. 

Find complete contest rules and enter your submission hereSubmissions close September 3, and the winners will be announced at the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement, held this November 17-19 in New Orleans.

Learn More

Metro Nashville AC&C Uses Technology To Rock Their RTO (and you can, too)
Winning Idea: El Paso Animal Services’ GIS Map Helps Get Lost Pets Home
2021 Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award: Contest Rules & Application


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