The Humane Awards are awarded annually, in recognition of individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of animals and people. The honorees represent all ages and walks of life and demonstrate their commitment and concern for animals through their life and work. The Humane Awards honor members of the community who share Dakin's belief that the way we treat animals reflects the health of our community.

Now accepting nominations

Do you know a hero? Is there someone in your life who goes out of their way to care for animals in need? Dakin Humane Society needs your help to find extraordinary animal advocates, heroic pets, and compassionate community superstars!

If you know someone who demonstrates their commitment to animals through their life and work, please submit their nomination through one of the categories below.

The Humane Awards is a celebration of our community and the individuals who actively improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them. Nominations will be accepted throughout the year and close on June 30, 2024. Read the official Rules & Guidelines.

Click on one of the following categories to submit your nomination today:

2023 Humane Award Recipients


•  Frances M. Wells Award - Marina Bayeva

•  Youth Award - 2023 First Grade Students of Milton Bradley School

•  Champion Award - Jessecah Gower

•  Woodbury Philanthropy Award - Jerry Marchand

•  Animal Hero Award - K9 Frank and Officer Matthew Llewelyn