Last year we touched the lives of over 7,000 young people who took part in educational offerings here at HAWS. The way for us to change the circumstances of animals in our community for the better is to reach our youth, exposing them to the wonders of animals and all the values that they can teach us.

2014 Winner, Sophie G.

2014 Winner, Sophie G.

We know, however, that there are young people who stand out above the rest concerning their commitment to animals.

Each year, we look for nominees for our Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award. An Oconomowoc area resident, Ms. Boettcher was dedicated to the area’s animals, especially the wildlife, watching over them as a guardian. In her honor, HAWS is looking for a student who cares deeply about animals the way Diana did – not your average animal lover, but one who puts passion into action. We are looking to recognize a young advocate who, by asking questions, taking a stand and sharing their convictions, is already making a difference in the treatment of animals, thus building a better community.

If you know of a student like this, please nominate them!

Nominees must be 18 years or younger. Family, friends, community members and teachers are allowed to nominate deserving youth; in addition, students may also nominate themselves. If chosen, the recipient must be available to accept the award at the Friends of HAWS’ 33rd Annual Romp ‘n Rally Pet Walk on May 7, 2016 at Sussex Village Park. Applications must include the nominee’s name, address, birth date, school and an essay (not to exceed 500 words) explaining the youth’s commitment to animals in their community.

Applications must be received at HAWS by April 15th and can be emailed to Megan at [email protected] or sent to HAWS/Award, Attn: Megan, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI, 53187-0834.

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