Pet Philanthropy Circle
Thanks everyone

that attended for


Afternoon Tea


Supporters and their dogs joined Robert and Jewel Morris honored this year’s Pet Hero Award winners

and the Pet Philanthropy Circle partnership with the Dog Film Festival.



July 31st 2016, 4–6 PM

Hobby Hill
44 Little Noyac Path, Water Mill, NY






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Pet Hero Awards
& Winners

4th Annual 2015 Pet Hero Awards


October 30, 2015 at 6:00PM
Manhattan Penthouse
80 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Pet Philanthropy Circle's 4th Annual Pet Hero Awards date, winners, location and ticket sales are all set for 2015!


Join Jewel Morris, Founding President and the National Pet Hero Award Winners. Celebrate Pets and Pet Heroes with Hors d'oeuvres, Entertainment, Cocktails, Dinner & Dancing.


By showcasing these outstanding contributions, we hope to inspire everyone to become involved in defending the rights of animals.


Meet Pet Philanthropy Circle
Pet Hero Award Winners




Thanks to Subaru
Exclusive Vehicle of the Pet Hero Awards


Sponsorships and donations support animal welfare causes and are tax deductible.



Pet Philanthropy Circle's 2014

3rs Annual Pet Hero Awards


Jewel  and Robert Morris opened the gates to their magnificent Hobby Hill estate in Water Mill for the 3rd Annual Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Pet Hero Awards Saturday,  August 23rd
from 5pm – 7:30pm.


Amanda Hearst, Georgina Bloomberg,
Jean Shafiroff and Andy Sabin received awards for their pet philanthropy work. Prince Lorenzo Borghese was named Humanitarian of the Year.


Jean Shafiroff received the
Outstanding Volunteer Award. Friends of Finn Founder and Chairwoman Amanda Hearst was honored for her tireless work as will Friends of Finn committee member Georgina Bloomberg. The Outstanding Pet Philanthropist of the Year Award was awarded to Andy Sabin.


Additional honorees include Tony Award Winner William Berloni for Dog Trainer of the Year having worked with Sandy from the Broadway show Annie and Dr. David T. Crouch, DVM for Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year. Best Friends Animal Society of Utah was honored with the Outstanding Animal Welfare Organization Award as pioneers of the NO-KILL movement, celebrating their 30th Anniversary. Outstanding Shelter honors where be given to
Pet Haven Rescue, a cage free rescue sanctuary, Angel On A Leash's David Frei took home a Special Achievement Award for his work with Southampton Hospital and Outstanding Juniors Brittany and Ariel Lavalle where recognized for their contributions to Last Chance Animal Rescue. "Maddy" with Angela Fletcher won Amazing Pet!


Cocktails and hors d’ouevres from Janet O'Brien Caterers. Flowers by Topaz designer Mark Massone provided the floral décor and Felicia Greenberg will showcased table art and event designs. Attendees mingle around Hobby Hill’s pool before the awards ceremony took place on the beautiful brick pagoda stage that overlooks rolling greens. Thanks to Philip Demacos with DJ Matty C from New York's Finest Entertainment, Sean McKoy from Reel McKoy Media


A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door for $175 per person. Please reserve early for advance ticket pricing.



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The night featured an amazing silent auction, special Pet Hero Award presentations from Lou Wegner,  Pet

Philanthropy Circle's Junior Ambassador, with additional surprise guest presentations by The Islip Horsemen's Association's
The Spirit of Long Island Mounted Drill Team and Anthony L. Ungaro of whom both received Certificates of Excellence.

Lou Wegner

Actor, Hero Award Winner & Pet Philanthropy Circle Junior Ambassador


Lou Wegner presenting the Outstanding Junior Award to Brittany and Ariel Lavalle to recognized their contributions to Last Chance Animal Rescue and the Rescue Rangers Program.


At age fourteen, he learned about the high rates of euthanasia in shelters that were overflowing with unwanted pets when he volunteered at a shelter in Los Angeles.  It was astonishing to him and he recognized that he was in a position to create a platform to speak out

and rally our youth across the nation and around the world.  From his inspiration, “Kids Against Animal Cruelty, “KAAC”, was started in 2010.


It has grown from a single voice to over 50,000 members participating in “KAAC” including 15 chapters across the nation that are solely run by teens. Members are active in animal issues including banning pet store puppy mill sales, eliminating the use of gas chambers at shelters, saving wild Mustangs, and preserving America’s western frontier.

The Islip Horsemen's Association's
The Spirit of Long Island
Mounted Drill Team


The Islip Horsemen’s Association Inc. is a non-profit organization sponsoring the continued appreciation and education of horsemanship for both its members and the public. “The Spirit of Long Island” Mounted Drill Team was formed in 1978 by John Jorgensen who was a member of the New York City Mounted Police Unit. John was looking to find a new sport where he could be part of something grander, with a team of riders who enjoyed the company of those who shared his special dream.  The team is now being coached by Loretta Hall and assisted by Francene Lewis who share John’s dream and continue with the team’s tradition of keeping the American spirit alive. The drill team is made up of riders of all disciplines, many of whom have been with the team for over 10 years. Our horses range in age from 9 years to an impressive 28 years old and they include such breeds as quarter horses, thoroughbreds, appaloosa, rocky mountain, hanovarian cross, morgan and a welsh arab cross pony.

These performances not only entertain they are an excellent example of good horsemanship.

Anthony L. Ungaro
Anthony’s Ride for Shelter Pets

and Former US Marine


Harkening back to the days of Route 66 and how Americans used to drive awareness of issues from town to town, “Anthony’s Ride for Shelter Pets” took Rock & Rawhide volunteer, Anthony L. Ungaro, from New York to Los Angeles on his 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDB Dyna Bob.


Anthony is a 29-year-old Brooklyn native who is combining his love for motorcycle riding with his desire to help animals. He served for eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a deployment to Iraq during the 2004 Battle of Fallujah, before returning home and finding love with his red-nosed pit bull Donny. According to Ungaro, “I attribute my successful transition from the military to college, to the positive experiences and responsibilities that come with having a pet in the family.”


Anthony rode his Harley-Davidson cross-country to help spread awareness about Rock & Rawhide and pet adoption. Anthony’s motorcycle trip spanned over 4,000 miles, covering 14 states from New York City to Los Angeles, California from July 30th - Aug. 14th.




He will be stopping at the following Petco stores to meet local animal shelters where he will deliver toys, treats and supplies on behalf of Rock & Rawhide.  He will meet with local press to discuss the importance of supporting the shelters, with some adoptable animals on-hand for their close-up.




Lead sponsors include Petco Foundation, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and Shoei Premium Helmets.  Supporting sponsors include Natural Balance Pet Foods, KONG Company, 2 Dogs Treats, Benebone, Lauren + Vanessa and more.

View photos from the 2014 Pet Hero Awards

View photos from the 2013 Pet Hero Awards

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 the Pet Philanthropy Circle  held its 2nd Annual Pet Hero Awards Ceremony and  Reception Party from 6-8:30 PM. Benefit to be held at Hobby Hill, 44 Little Noyac Path, Water Mill, NY.  Everyone was welcome to join other animal lovers for this exciting evening of fun and entertainment.  We enjoied Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, an incredible silent auction and the award ceremony! The winner of the $5,000 grand prize drawing for an Animal Welfare Organization went to Main Line Animal Rescue.

(Sponsorship opportunities PDF)
(Donate merchandise to the auction)


for the 2nd Annual Pet Hero Awards Ceremony & VIP Cocktail Reception

 $100 per attendee) General Admission - Pet Hero Awards Ceremony


 $250 per attendee) VIP - Pet Hero Awards Ceremony with
Reserved Seating


 $1,000 admits 2)  2 VIP - Pet Hero Awards Ceremony with Reserved Seating (Includes Friend Sponsor recognition in the Pet Resource Book / PetFest & Pet Philanthropy Circle Program Journal.  Due by May 15th.)













Paws Across the Hamptons

This year’s walk was lead by
sponsors Andy Sabin, Amy Ma and their four legged furry beauties, Panda and Geisha. Dan Rattiner and Bella, with Tony winning Broadway animal trainer, Bill Berloni  and Sandy, the star dog from Broadway’s ANNIE.


$25) PetFest Ticket Including Paw Walk special admission for adults

$15) PetFest Ticket Including Paw Walk special admission - Ages 13-18

Purchase tickets at:











Come out & celebrate all the rescue organizations and volunteers that help our companion animals! Each purchased Ticket counts as a vote for the Animal Welfare Organization of choice making it eligible for a $5,000 Grand Prize Drawing! (Unlimited Ticket Voting!) Enjoy live music by the Mike Scala Band, open bar cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and incredible silent auction! Bring your favorite western, homemade, funny or glamorous hat to win the "Best Hat Prize"!


Contest: All Rescue/Animal Welfare organizations are eligible to participate. The group with the largest number of votes will be announced that evening and then entered into the $5,000 Grand Prize drawing that is limited to only 15 entries. That’s right, your favorite animal welfare organization can win $5,000! The Grand Prize will be presented at the Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Pet Hero Award Ceremony on June 29th where Lou Wegner, Movie Star and Founder of Kids Against Animal Cruelty, will be receiving his Pet Hero Award among other winners soon to be announced.  (View contest rules)




The 2012 Pet Hero Awards

andYour Donations Make The Pet Hero Awards Possible

The VIP Reception Cocktail Party


June 9th, 2012

At the Bridgehampton Historical Society, NY

 Following PetFest




Hats On for Pet Heroes


March 7th, 2012

At the Southampton Inn, Southampton, Ny

See the Southampton Press Article