Ken Shughart Award

Ken Shughart Award

Each year the Humane Society of Western Montana recognizes a person who demonstrates extraordinary personal initiative toward improving the welfare of animals with the presentation of the Ken Shughart Award.

The banquet is set for Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the UC Ballroom on the University of Montana campus. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy the award presentation, dinner, and silent and live auctions.


We would love to have you join us!


Ken Shughart Award Selection

We are now accepting nominations for 2018 award recipients. Nominations are due before February 26, 2018.

We will recognize one Ken Shughart Award winner and one Jr. Ken Shughart Award winner.

The selection committee considered the following factors:
• The impact your nominee’s actions have on pets in our community and the duration of that impact.
• The ways in which the nominee’s actions promote the human animal bond.
• Whether the nominee’s actions educate the general public on companion animal welfare issues.
• The degree of  personal initiative demonstrated toward improving the welfare of companion animals

Please send nominations to PO Box 1059, Missoula MT 59806 or

Download Nomination Form

About Ken Shughart Jr.

Ken Shughart Jr. was a wizard mechanic, a pillar of Missoula softball and a friend to overlooked animals. When he died in 1997, he was Board President of the Missoula Humane Society, where he had been a moving force for 13 years.

He was known for his long ponytail, his wrench earring and his altruistic dedication to animals, especially cats. His home was blessed with many feline and canine friends.

Ken hoped that his death at only 46 could bring some benefit to the Humane Society. He asked his volunteers to have ‘every member get a member.’ If everyone brought in somebody, he thought, there would be double the support for unwanted and lost animals.