2015 Pet Hero Award Winner - Candy Udell
Animal Advocate of the Year
As president of London Jewelers, Candy Udell is surrounded by precious jewels, her family and beloved pets. Not only is she devoted to them, she dedicates time to animal rescue, as well. Over the years, she has supported numerous shelters and rescue organizations, both local and national, that have asked for her help. Whether it has been Jack Hanna, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Wilds (a private safari park and conservation center), Mainline Animal Rescue, the North Shore Animal League of America, or countless others, she always rises to the challenge. Candy also serves on the board of Heart, an educational organization that teaches compassion in the schools, shelters, camps and other organizations.
Realizing the dilemma of the displaced and unwanted dogs brought on by Hurricane Katrina, Candy knew she had to dig even deeper into her resources for those in need. In 2011, she worked to help set up Rescue Paw Foundation, a 501c3 to help build and sponsor model humane no-kill shelters providing spay and neuter services, housing the numerous animals she rescues on a monthly basis. The main fundraising vehicle for Rescue Paw Foundation is the Cause for Paws jewelry collection that she designed with the London Jewelers team.
In addition to this year’s Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Animal Advocate Award, she has also been honored by the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Bideawee and received the Rescue Dog of the Year Award for Corporate Excellence.
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