Youth honored by Ann Arbor’s Humane Society of Huron Valley

ANN ARBOR, me. – Three local teenagers have been named this year’s winners of the fourth annual Humane Youth Awards by the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV).

The award is given to young people who have raised awareness and created what humane society called “a more peaceful life” for furry (or feathered) friends, people and the environment.

Isabel Sutton and Oreen Morag of Ann Arbor and Sydney Bennett of Canton were recognized by the nonprofit for their hard work and compassion.

“We are so grateful to these three young people,” said Karen Patterson, HSHV vice president for Volunteers and Human Education, in a press release. “Your love for animals is certainly profound, but that’s only part of the equation. Your compassion and care make the world a better place for humans and animals, and we are honored to recognize your dedication and excellent work. “

This is what the HSHV says about every winner:


“Isabel Sutton, 12, from Ann Arbor, is the winner of the HSHV Humane Youth Award 2021. In addition to her voluntary work for cats at HSHV, she also runs her own fundraising company that collects money for local animal welfare organizations. To date, Isabel has successfully raised funds for Starry Skies Equine Rescue, The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, and a wildcat rescue service. She has also volunteered to conduct frog habitat monitoring with Ann Arbor’s NAP.

Oreen Morag, 17, from Ann Arbor, is 1st runner-up in the Humane Youth Award. As a junior volunteer at HSHV, Oreen has spent over 60 hours comforting and enriching the homeless dogs at HSHV. After a school project led Oreen to research how to make safe and durable dog toys at home, she decided to produce and sell the toy. the sales proceeds were donated to the HSHV. After Oreen learned of the worrying decline in the bee population, Oreen also helped her family create a pollinator-friendly garden in their yard.


Sydney Bennett, 12, of Canton, is second runner-up for the Humane Youth Award. Sydney started as a junior volunteer at HSHV in May 2021 and has already completed 60 hours of voluntary service. In honor of a school friend, Sydney also held several dog cake sales to raise money for a muscular dystrophy organization. In addition to taking care of dogs and cats, Sydney also spends several nights a week tending to horses in a local stable. “

Learn more about the Humane Society of Huron Valley here.

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