Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bethany woman Hero of 2008

Release from Animal Planet:


-- Ohio Resident Jacci Moss Named CAT HERO OF THE YEAR --

(Silver Spring, Md.) – Animal Planet and the makers of Fresh Step® litter announce Eileen McCaughern, of Bethany, Conn., as HERO OF THE YEAR in the third annual campaign recognizing people who have demonstrated extraordinary service for the welfare of animals. Additionally, Jacci Moss from Defiance, Ohio has been named the CAT HERO OF THE YEAR. Both winners will be announced on December 11 during Animal Planet’s “Heroes Week.”

“Animal Planet is proud to partner with Fresh Step litter to recognize the lives and work of Eileen McCaughern and Jacci Moss,” says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager, Animal Planet Media. “They are both true animal heroes who have vastly improved the lives of countless dogs and cats through their selfless and compassionate devotion.”

Founder of Retired Greyhounds as Pets (REGAP) of Connecticut, Inc. and the country’s first matching funds greyhound retirement home, Eileen, HERO OF THE YEAR, has dedicated the past 35 years to rescuing more than 5,000 of these beloved long-legged canines. REGAP is a non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about the joys of having greyhounds as companion animals and finding responsible, caring homes for as many retired racing greyhounds as possible. Eileen’s dedication to greyhounds is obvious as she works a full-time job and two part-time jobs in order to defray the costs associated with rescuing greyhounds. Also, she recently opened a kennel with funding secured from state grants, local businesses, generous individuals and the American Greyhound Council.

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