This Year 11-Year-Old Love of Animals Will Make You Happy
“I’ve learned to do with what you got,” said 11-year-old Annika Glover in an emotional video during the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® 2014 Humane Awards Luncheon (ASPCA) held at Cipriani 42nd Street last week. And, what Annika has is a great heart. The beautiful pre-teen with a kind heart received this year’s ASPCA® Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year (named for the an equally brave nine year old who lost his life trying to save his beloved pets) honor for her selflessness and her devotion to animals. “I wanted to help animals a whole bunch. I grew up around animals and love them so much,” said Annika. Her love, as they say is real. At just nine years old and battling Medulloblastoma (a cancerous brain tumor), she was granted a Make-A-Wish. Annika used her wish to help animals in need. The Alabama chapter of Make-A-Wish donated $7,000 in Annika’s name to the Pets Are Worth Saving (P.A.W.S.) rescue group in Florence, Ala.
The rarefied group of animal lovers including Lo Bosworth also saw awards handed to really outstanding individuals who advocated for animals in the past year and one special dog along with a special cat. “These honorees inspire us to think bigger, work harder and do more on behalf of animals in need throughout the country” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO. “We’re thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments in communities large and small, and the positive example they set for the rest of us.”
Among the honorees was ASPCA® Dog of the Year an adorable black and white pit bull named Jonny Justice. The beautiful dog was one of 49 dogs rescued from unimaginable cruelty as part of the 2007 Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation, which resulted in the conviction of NFL quarterback Michael Vick. Yet,despite the horrible treatment Jonny quickly became a loving dog. He now loves playing with children and loves interacting with people (and this editor even got a snap with him–jealous?). So much so that since 2008 he has worked as a therapy dog. One of his duties include snuggling with terminally ill children receiving treatment and loving people around him. He is a charmer. And his resilience and recovery demonstrate why the work ASPCA is so important to animals. The support of ASPCA with dogs like Jonny is truly making a difference.