Rolling Dog Ranch Founders get ASPCA award

Today at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, the 2009 ASPCA Humane Awards were presented. The Henry Bergh Award went to the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary, which has been featured before here at the Daily Dachshund and Dog News:

Steve Smith and Alayne Marker founded the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Ovando, Montana, in December 2000. The couple left their corporate jobs in Seattle and relocated to Montana fulltime to devote themselves to animal rescue. Their mission was to turn 160 acres of open grassland and cottonwoods into a sanctuary for animals with special needs — those pets who are least likely to be adopted and most likely to be euthanized in traditional shelters. The animal sanctuary is now home to approximately 70 animals, nearly two-thirds of whom are blind.

Here’s another video of Callie the blind wiener dog.

And, since we don’t want to be dog-ist, we should also mention that Nora the piano playing cat won “Cat of the Year.”

Congratulations everyone. You all deserve it.

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