Meet the Heroes
Oregon Humane Society honored exceptional people and pets at the annual Diamond Collar Awards on Feb. 22, 2023. Recipients were recognized for their compassion, tenacity, kindness, and vision. This was the first in-person OHS Diamond Collar Awards celebration since February 2020.
This year’s winners include a Fences for Fido volunteer-turned-employee who goes above and beyond to serve the pets and people of Warm Springs; a sanctuary that cares for donkeys and gives back to their community; an elderly dog who made a lifesaving discovery; a shy canine who rescued a toddler from drowning. Subaru of America Portland Zone was recognized as the corporate hero for their commitment to helping shelter animals.
Additionally, OHS honored retired Senator Peter Courtney with a special Diamond Collar Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of public service and commitment to legislation protecting animals.
“This year’s Diamond Collar Award winners are truly inspiring,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO. “Each honoree is a great reminder of the compassion of incredible people and pets in our community.”
Matt Zaffino, KGW Chief Meteorologist also returned to the event this year as co-host.
2023 Diamond Collar Awards Winners
- Ali Peterson: Through her work with Fences for Fido, Ali has fostered new partnerships with the community of Warm Springs. Link to video about Ali Peterson.
- Oregon Donkey Sanctuary Northwest: Co-founders Jim and Rhonda created a sanctuary for the “forgotten equine” and helped develop programs where donkeys provide therapy. Link to video about Oregon Donkey Sanctuary Northwest.
- Rusty: A dog who stole the heart of his foster and, after being nursed back to health, returned the favor in an unexpected way. Link to video about Rusty the Dog.
- Rocky: From timid shelter dog to hero, OHS Salem Campus alum, Rocky, rescued a young girl during a day at the beach. Link to video about Rocky the dog.
- Subaru of America: Longtime partner of Oregon Humane Society, Subaru of America continues to show their commitment to helping shelter animals. Link to video about Subaru of America.
- Senator Peter Courtney – OHS Diamond Collar Lifetime Achievement Award