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Whether it's rescuing a dog trapped beneath the rubble of a neighborhood leveled by an EF-5 tornado, bringing hope to a child with cancer, lifting the spirits of a veteran with a therapy dog, or improving the lives of more than 1 billion farm animals across America – one organization has been working for more than a century to bring caring, compassion and hope to our most vulnerable. Since 1877 American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane group, has been changing lives for children and animals, and building a better world for all of us.

And one woman has helped this historic organization soar to unprecedented heights, helping millions of those who need help most.

Over the past four years American Humane Association’s reach has grown by more than 1,000 percent under the leadership of its new president and CEO Robin Ganzert. In that short time she and her dedicated workers and volunteers:

• Increased the number of children and animals helped by more than ten times! American Humane Association now positively touches 40,000 lives a minute through direct services, research and prevention work

• Tripled the size of its Red Star animal rescue fleet, which started out rescuing horses in World War I and has saved and sheltered millions of animals affected by war, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and cruelty cases

• Protected 354,959 animals on film and television productions since 2011 and made sure they were humanely treated

• Launched a groundbreaking study on therapy dogs can help children with cancer

• Improved the lives of America’s farm animals by increasing the number of animals living under independent, science-based humane protections from 100 million to more than 1 billion

• Spearheaded a campaign to see that all brave military working dogs serving this country are brought home and retired on U.S. soil after too many had been left behind. In early summer 2015 Congress passed a bill with language supported by American Humane Association that would right this wrong

• Robin won the “Visionary Leader” award from the Investment Fiduciary Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., while the organization was named a “Top-Rate Charity” by Charity Watch and awarded the Gold Seal by GuideStar

• Established the Children’s Innovation Institute to explore and find solutions for the biggest problems facing today’s young people

• Established the Animal Welfare Research Institute to pursue advances to save the lives of animals and improve their quality of life

• Published the “State of America’s Children” revealing the key threats to kids and teens today, what barriers they face, and how we may best help them

• Led a national study to save more of the 3-4 million pets who are euthanized each year and find ways to keep them in loving homes

A mother of three with a house full of dogs and cats, Robin says that she loves bringing her work home with her because her two- and four-legged family members inspire her work and help her live a Rare Life.

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