Banff Care in the Community Summit

Banff Care in the Community Summit
PetLynx Corporation

PetLynx Corporation

October 13, 2006 03:11 ET

Banff Care in the Community Summit: Pet-Industry Conference Announces National Award Winners

BANFF, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - Participants at Canada's first annual Care in the Community conference Thursday evening honoured leaders and visionaries in the care, health and wellness of urban pets. Five organizations from across the country received Summit Awards for their exceptional work in animal re-homing (or adoption), sheltering, wellness, and care in the community. As well, the former head of The City of Calgary's Animal & Bylaw Services received a lifetime achievement award.

Jerry Aschenbrenner was a retired R.C.M.P. officer when he joined Animal & Bylaw Services in 1983. For the next 17 years, he and staff developed and implemented numerous programs and principles that redefined responsible pet ownership and compassionate animal management. Many - such as computerized licensing, off-leash dog parks and promoting the benefits of spaying and neutering - have since been adopted by municipalities across Canada.

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"It's really Calgary that's being recognized tonight," said an emotional Aschenbrenner. "When a municipality makes a difference in animal care and control, it makes a difference to everyone."

Winners of the Summit Awards' four other categories were chosen by their peers for implementing innovative programs; leadership within and beyond their communities; and contributions to pets and people. They are:

- The Ottawa Humane Society, represented by Bruce Roney and Lynn Gordon, for animal re-homing (adoption)

- The Kitchener/Waterloo Humane Society, represented by Ward McAllister, for animal sheltering

- Eglinton Veterinary Facilities, represented by Dr. Chip Coombs, DVM, for animal wellness

- The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services and the Calgary Humane Society for animal community care.

High resolution photos available on request

Contact Information

  • Banff Care in the Community Summit
    Larry Evans
    (403) 809-5600