Three local teenagers are being recognized by the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) for their work in making a positive impact on the lives of animals and people in the community.
Claire Roffi, 16, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Humane Youth Award. In addition to volunteering at HSHV and helping shy dogs get needed socialization, Claire also volunteers for Last Day Dog Rescue and raises money for various other animal rescues through the Crafters Helping Animals program. She attends school in Novi.
First runner-up Emilia Callan, 17, a senior at Huron High School, took a training course on how to care for young, bottle-fed kittens, then assumed the full responsibility of fostering– including around-the-clock feedings. She’s also preparing to be a peer counselor in her school.
Second runner-up, Kaitlin Barrett-Huff, 16, who attends Skyline High School, volunteers with her school’s Link Crew and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Teen Advisory Council, in addition to being a Junior Volunteer at HSHV.
“It was difficult to narrow it down to three, as so many young adults are doing wonderful things in our community,” says Karen Patterson, Director of Volunteers and Humane Education at HSHV. “We are thrilled to publicly acknowledge teens who lead by example, one act of kindness at a time.”
This is HSHV’s first annual Humane Youth Award. The winners received engraved plaques and will be acknowledged during HSHV’s fundraising dinner, the Compassionate Feast and Roast of John U. Bacon.
“We can’t wait to do this again next year,” says Patterson. “Reading about—let alone meeting—the love and compassion of incredible youth here make us hopeful for the future.”