Alameda Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Honored

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) found out last month that its executive director and Alameda resident, John L. Lipp, will receive the Shanti Project’s 2019 Dede Wilsey Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Award at a ceremony slated to take place today in San Francisco. Lipp, who served as the executive director of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) from 2004 to 2011, will be honored at PAWS’ 32nd Anniversary Gala today, Thursday, June 6, at the Fairmont Hotel. 

PAWS is now a Shanti program following the merger of the two organizations in 2015. Lipp, who has spent the majority of his career in the animal-welfare field, was instrumental in facilitating the merger that stabilized the organization and preserved capital. 

“Getting the Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Award is humbling and an incredible honor,” said Lipp. “Built on a simple premise, PAWS helps people heal and thrive. PAWS keeps families together.” 

PAWS’ mission is to help low-income people — who are isolated due to disease, chronic illness or age — and their pet companions stay together. Support services include dog walking, dog washes, veterinary clinics and care and access to a free pet food bank. More than 700 clients currently receive PAWS’ services. 

An expected 400 guests and 50 canine companions will attend the PAWS’ Gala, “Petchitecture,” the longest-running event for both human and canine guests in San Francisco. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on unique dog and cat habitats created by the Bay Area’s leading architects and designers. The event is expected to raise more than $150,000 for the PAWS’ program.

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