Changemakers: Don’t Let $15K Slip Away!

Applications for the Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award Close This Friday, 9/3

If your organization has demonstrated innovation in the face of disaster and crisis, there’s still time to apply for Pethealth Inc.’s Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award.

This year’s award celebrates technological innovations integrated before July 1, 2020. That means Pethealth is looking for 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.

Watch this vid to learn what the contest is all about, and find out what past winners did to earn the top prize.

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

Thanks to a simple but mighty feature of their shelter software, Dr. Cannon and her team at Metro Animal increased their RTO by 11 percentage points. Using Chameleon and the Postmaster automated email technology, daily intake reports are cross-checked in the org’s lost & found Facebook groups. 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. 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

The grand prize winner will receive $15,000 and the first runner-up will receive $5,000. Read complete contest rules and enter your submission here. Deadline is this Friday, September 3.


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