Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Receiving Pet Advocate Honors

On Saturday, February 28th, I had the honor of attending the 2015 Feline Affair Silent and Live Auction Gala hosted by the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter.  During the gala I received an award that recognized me for dedication in fighting to end cruelty against animals and for sponsoring the PAWS Act.  The event provided a great opportunity for me to speak with animal lovers in a wonderful social setting dedicated to an important cause.

Immediately following the tragic case of Puppy Doe, a female pit bull who was found badly beaten in a Quincy park, I filed an Act Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety, AKA the PAWS Act, which garnered a tremendous amount of support from legislators and the general public.  The tragic death of Puppy Doe galvanized the efforts to decrease animal cruelty by addressing the Commonwealth’s antiquated animal cruelty laws, some of which dated as far back as the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter and its members were instrumental in the legislative process and due to their assistance and the assistance of others, portions of the PAWS Act is now law.  To learn more about the PAWS Act, please click here.

Posted are a few photos captured by the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter during the event.