International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

October 28, 2005 15:19 ET

IFAW recognizes New Brunswick resident

with prestigious Animal Action Award Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - Local resident Constable Pierre Schelling and his dog Benny were among 10 distinguished Canadians honoured this week at the 2005 IFAW Animal Action Awards.

Cst. Schelling of the Edmundston City Police and an Animal Protection Officer for the New Brunswick SPCA, was recognized for developing and delivering a unique dog bite prevention education program. With the help of his canine partner 'Benny', a German Shepard, the police officer travels across Quebec, the Maritimes, and New England to educate people about why dogs bite. His program emphasizes that the key to preventing attacks is to understand and respect canine communication. In their seven years together, the duo has delivered their message to over 40,000 children and 10,000 adults.

Other 2005 award recipients were the Minister of Environment, Stéphane Dion, recognized for his dedication to protecting Canada's seabirds through his leadership on passing Bill C-15, and well-loved media figure Vicki Gabereau for her ongoing commitment to companion animals. Other winners were from British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, Ontario and Quebec.

IFAW's Animal Action Awards are part of IFAW's Animal Action Week, an annual event that celebrates people around the world who play a valuable role in saving and protecting animals.

"The Animal Action Awards are IFAW's chance to acknowledge and celebrate those special individuals who do outstanding work for animals," said Barb Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator. "Every year we receive hundreds of nominations from people and organizations across the country."

"Pierre and Benny's work improves the lives of both people and animals in our communities, and helps to ensure a more harmonious relationship between humans and dogs. It is an honour to recognize their work," said Cartwright.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well being of both animals and people around the world. IFAW is dedicated to reducing commercial exploitation of wildlife, protecting habitats and assisting animals in distress.

/For further information: Contact: Barbara Cartwright (IFAW) Tel: 1 (613) 241-8996; Email: bcartwright@ifaw.org/ IN: ENVIRONMENT

Contact Information

  • Barbara Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 613-241-8996
    Toll-Free: 888-500-4329
    E-mail: bcartwright@ifaw.org