We were so pleased to learn that last year’s recipient of the CFA Hero Cat Award, Tara the Hero Cat, received an award last week which has been traditionally given to dogs. Tara received the CFA Hero Cat Award last June. This June she was recognized by the LA ASPCA for her efforts. The first time a cat receives the honor normally reserved for dogs!
Photo Credit: Chanan for CFA
In May of last year, Tara’s owner, a young Jeremy Triantafilo, was playing on a bike in his home driveway when a neighbor’s dog attacked, biting and dragging the boy by his leg. Before his mother could get to him, Tara, raced to his aid and threw herself at the dog, sending the dog running in the opposite direction. Jeremy only showed minor injuries as a result.
The ASPCALA was very impressed by Tara’s loyalty and bravery, saying that, “A cat who was abused, forgotten, or neglected by her family would not have been as likely to perform selfless, heroic acts to save her companion.”
Congratulations to Tara on this award! She truly is a hero.
WINN FELINE FOUNDATION PAST PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBER SUSAN LITTLE RECEIVES AWARD
Susan Little, DVM, DABVP, was presented with the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine at the ISFM’s World Feline Veterinary Congress (WFVC) in Barcelona on June 29. The Award was given to Dr. Little just as she was about to give her final lecture at the event, and the presentation coincided with her birthday!
Dr. Little served as President of Winn Feline Foundation and currently continues with the foundation as a Board Member. “Winn Feline Foundation congratulates Dr. Little on this important recognition of the major contributions she has made to the advancement of feline health and well-being. Her dedication to our organization and cause is as much a part of her outstanding work and we are proud to see her receive this honor”, stated Vicki Thayer, DVM, DABVP (feline), Winn Board President. Little was keynote speaker at the WFVC, which was attended by 650 veterinarians from 37 countries and held in conjunction with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and ISFM’s Spanish National Partner, GEMFE. Under the theme of pediatrics and geriatrics, she gave seven lively and engaging lectures and led a master class on neonatology and pediatrics.
Dr. Little has been exclusively in feline practice in Canada since 1990 and is also AAFP’s President Elect. She is editor and contributor to the new feline textbook ‘The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management’, published in 2012 and also for the upcoming 7th edition of August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine (both published