Pet Rock Fest 2016 Heroes Announced

Each year, Pet Rock Fest chooses at least two local people who have shown exemplary actions and/or work for our animals’ welfare. This year is no different, and from the nominations, have chosen two more deserving heroes from the area. Let’s meet them. The following receive this year’s award for exemplary actions concerning animal welfare:... View Article

Each year, Pet Rock Fest chooses at least two local people who have shown exemplary actions and/or work for our animals’ welfare. This year is no different, and from the nominations, have chosen two more deserving heroes from the area.

Let’s meet them.

The following receive this year’s award for exemplary actions concerning animal welfare:

karaholmquistMSPCAKara Holmquist: Kara Holmquist is the director of advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Much of Holmquist’s work at the MSPCA includes lobbying for stronger animal protection laws in the state legislature. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Holmquist is on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and is a founder of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Animal Law Practice Group, where she also serves on the civil litigation section council. She serves on the advisory committee for the state’s Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund (also known as the Mass Animal Fund), as an appointee of the Governor. Holmquist  lives with her husband, who is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell, her daughter Story, and her adopted dog and cat, Finley and Speckles.

melandserenaMelanie and Sarena Kenadek: For many years, Melanie was shelter manager of Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals. It is a family operation started by her father Richard Clark, but family doesn’t always mean it’s “blood family.” As fellow animal advocate Deb Young explains, “It never mattered if you were human or animal, young or old, popular or not… you belonged at Sweetpea. Mel and Sarena made sure of it..” Melanie and daughter Sarena have been giving to animals selflessly for years. After a devastating fire on Nov. 22, 2015, their mission and vision of Sweetpea hasn’t changed. And after losing everything, they haven’t changed . They are still the first to help, give to and love all animals and people. From sleepless nights bottle-feeding kittens to taking in animals in need of a second or third chance, their fight to help animals continues.


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