Kindness Awards

HAWS Annual Kindness Awards Nominations

Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award seeks to honor a youth who exemplifies kindness to animals in the community through volunteering, promoting awareness or other acts of humane animal treatment. 

Emma's Inspiration Award shines light on a young star who reminds us of Emma Mertens and strives to spread kindness to animals and the community. Emma was an 8 year old girl from Hartland, WI who loved animals and would regularly ask for donations to local animal shelters for her birthdays in lieu of gifts. After Emma was diagnosed with a DIPG Brain Tumor in 2019, HAWS changed the name of its Community Kindness Award to "Emma's Inspiration Award" to honor her memory and her passion for helping animals in need.