Ark-Valley Humane Society Receives Award from Best Friends Animal Society


Ark-Valley Humane Society is honored to receive the ‘Lifesaving Luminary’ award from nationally recognized animal society, Best Friends Animal Society.

Executive Director Jonathan McDonell accepted the award on behalf of the shelter while attending the Best Friend’s National Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey in July. Ark-Valley Humane Society won the award for the Mountain West Region, which includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

While presenting the award, Judah Battista, Chief Regional Programs Officer for Best Friends Animal Society, recognized the shelter’s positive changes noting, “Ark-Valley is an open admission shelter and is the epitome of an engaged and collaborative group who has invested in growing their organization in order to maximize lifesaving.” Battista went on to say, “Over the last 18 months, they have shifted their organizational culture from reactive to proactive, and have fully embraced the need to show compassion for the people in their community as well as the animals.  As a result, they reduced their average length of stay for an animal by 14 days and are now transferring in animals from other organizations.”

Ark-Valley Humane Society can be recognized for achievements like this because of their membership to the No More Homeless Pets Network Partnership Program. Through this program, Best Friends gives groups all across the country the chance to work together to Save Them All while Ark-Valley Humane Society reports data and statistics on a yearly basis back to Best Friends Animal Society.

“We are humbled to be recognized by Best Friends,” says Ark-Valley Humane Society Executive Director, Jonathan McDonell. “This award is as much about our community as it is about Ark-Valley Humane Society. We would not be able to do what we do without the support of our volunteers, donors and community.”

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,800 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation’s largest sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. Best Friends is determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All.