Voting underway for the sixth annual Mud Bay Volunteer Award of Excellence

Voting underway for the sixth annual Mud Bay Volunteer Award of Excellence
Mud Bay Celebrates PNW Animal Welfare Volunteers and Organizations with $1000 Prizes

By Lani Benavente | Mud Bay Press Release | Republished by Lynnwood Times

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Online voting began on August 17th for the sixth annual Mud Bay Volunteer Award of Excellence. Each year, independent pet supply retailer Mud Bay invites dozens of animal welfare organizations to nominate a single volunteer for its award. The Volunteer Award of Excellence winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and Mud Bay also donates $1000 to the organization that nominated them.

Mud Bay invites members of the public to visit mudbay.com and vote for one animal welfare volunteer in six different categories. The voting period is from August 17th through August 31st at 6:00 p.m. The nominees who receive the most votes in each category will receive the 2020 Volunteer Award of Excellence.

“Mud Bay has always prioritized animal welfare, but we’re a people company, too. What’s really special about this award is we’re creating a space to celebrate animal welfare volunteers, who do a lot of essential work at shelters and other organizations,” said Mud Bay Senior Community Outreach Manager Justin Anderson.

This year, Mud Bay received 43 nominations. Among the nominees are a woman who’s volunteered for over 17 years at the same organization, a husband and wife team who provide a foster home for terminally ill pets, and a woman who has placed over 1,000 dogs in their forever homes.

While many Pacific Northwest animal welfare organizations are currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, many volunteers have continued their work caring for animals.

“Twenty-twenty has been an incredibly hard year for many people. We think it’s important to continue to celebrate and share these positive stories of the individuals who continue to rescue, foster, and feed animals during these challenging times,” said Al Puntillo, Mud Bay Chief Merchandising Officer.


About Mud Bay
Founded in 1988 in Olympia, Washington, Mud Bay is the Pacific Northwest’s largest retailer focused on healthy, natural nutrition for dogs and cats. With 57 locations in Western Washington and Oregon, Mud Bay is an employee-owned company focused on helping dogs and cats thrive through customized nutritional recommendations and solution-based pet supply selections. Visit mudbay.com for more information about Mud Bay.

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