Ken Shughart Award

Ken Shughart Award

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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. Due to the recent climate, the event will be an online auction event, with the award presentation and a celebration to be set for a later date.

First Security Bank came to us with a wonderful idea - they donated $1,000 for us to spend at local businesses purchasing auction items! Other donors were inspired and we were able to raise $2,000 to support local businesses during these uncertain times. Our auction is launching Wednesday, March 26th online! Items will be open for 12hrs at a time and all bidding will take place through our bidding platform above. Updates and fun content will be on social media, so be sure to look at our Facebook and Instagram pages! 

Ken Shughart Award Selection

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2020 award recipient.

We will recognize a Ken Shughart Award winner and a Junior Ken Shughart Award winner.

The selection committee considers 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

Send Nomination

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.