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Unique Local Shelter Receives National Rescue of the Year Award
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Ahimsa House, Georgia’s first and only shelter dedicated to the animal victims of domestic violence, was honored by Pedigree® on February 11, 2006 with the award “Rescue Organization of the Year” for 2005. Ahimsa House was founded in 2004 as a support service for the domestic violence shelters in metro-Atlanta and Athens. Pedigree® honored Ahimsa House at a black tie gala hosted at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Ahimsa House President and founder Emily Christie and Vice President Rikki Osborne accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “It was a great honor to receive national recognition for Ahimsa House. Hopefully this award will help bring local and world wide exposure to the very real problem of animal cruelty and it’s link to human violence” says Christie.

International film actress Minnie Driver also honored the award winners with a speech given at the event on the importance of animal welfare and rescue. The gala dinner was given in conjunction with the annual Westminster Dog Show by one of its largest sponsors and donors, Pedigree Food for Dogs. “We were speechless when we learned we were chosen as Rescue of the Year by Pedigree, “ beamed spokesperson Osborne, “It is our belief that no woman should have to choose between her own safety and that of her pet’s; hopefully this award will help us spread the word to all of Atlanta and Athens that we are here and ready to help.”

For more information on Ahimsa House, please visit or call 404-518-5516 or 678-640-6706. Pictures of the event are also available. Donations to the tax deductible organization can be made at the website or by mail to P.O. Box 3495 Alpharetta, GA 30023.