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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 6 years ago

Halifax Humane Society wins national advocacy award

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The Halifax Humane Society beat out 2,400 nonprofits to win the national CLASSY Award.

BY THE OBSERVER STAFF

The Halifax Humane Society was recognized in San Diego yesterday, Sept. 22, as the winner of StayClassy’s fourth-annual CLASSY Award, for Animal Advocacy and Services, beating out 2,400 other national nonprofit organizations.

The CLASSY Awards is “philanthropy’s biggest night,” according to Tyler Stover, Halifax Humane Society marketing manager. “It is the largest philanthropic award ceremony in the country,” he says, “recognizing the top charitable achievements around the world.”

Halifax Humane Society, currently in its 75th year, was chosen for the improvements made to its organization the past two years.

“(We) decided it was time for a new direction, all with one mission in mind: to enhance our services,” said Miguel Abi-hassan, executive director. “We took our programs from 18 to 38 in a year and a half, and in so doing, we increased our adoptions by 21%.”

The society now successfully adopts out about 75% of its 15,000-pet annual intake.

Next year, Abi-hassan hopes to launch a new program to train other humane societies to match his shelter’s production.

About one-third of the animals Halifax handles are adopted to Ormond Beach families.

CLASSY Award winners were chosen by a 30-person panel of industry leaders.

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