2020 Recipient: Dr. Michael J. Blackwell

The 2020 Avanzino Leadership Award recipient is Dr. Michael J. Blackwell, for his outstanding leadership and purposeful dedication to the human-animal bond.

The award is named after Rich Avanzino, the father of the no-kill movement and Maddie’s Fund® President from 1999-2015. It recognizes significant achievement and courage to look beyond the status quo and make bold decisions to improve the lives of pets and their people. The award is presented with a $25,000 grant to be designated by recipient. Read the full press release to learn more.