2016 Hamaker Award Honoree

Kristy Ritter

  Kristy Ritter


The Killuminati Foundation is proud to honor our 2016 Hamaker Award winner – Kristy Ritter!!

Each year, 3-4 million animals are euthanized in shelters and animal control facilities throughout the United States. That number is staggering and it’s hard to believe that any one person can make a difference. But they can. Eight years ago, Kristy Ritter decided to make a difference. Instead of sitting at the computer playing Farmville (lol), she started helping friends share posts of dogs in shelters on the East Coast looking for rescue. Her passion for animals combined with her warrior spirit, sparked a fire in her soul and she committed to saving the lives of every animal that walked through the doors of Springfield, Missouri Animal Control. This was no small task as their intake averages 20-30 dogs per week. Fast forward to the present day, in 2015, Springfield, Missouri Animal Control celebrated their fourth consecutive year in which they have not had to euthanize any adoptable dogs. As of the end of October 2016 it will officially be five full years!!! If that isn’t amazing enough, Kristy works endlessly to help breeder-releases that Half-way Home Rescue’s breeder-release program takes in on a weekly basis. Eight years ago, Kristy Ritter decided to make a difference. Instead of sitting at the computer playing Farmville (lol), she started helping friends share posts of dogs in shelters on the East Coast looking for rescue. Her passion for animals combined with her warrior spirit, sparked a fire in her soul and she committed to saving the lives of every animal that walked through the doors of Springfield, Missouri Animal Control. This was no small task as their intake averages 20-30 dogs per week.

 

Fast forward to the present day, in 2015, Springfield, Missouri Animal Control celebrated their fourth consecutive year in which they have not had to euthanize any adoptable dogs. As of the end of October 2016 it will officially be five full years!!! If that isn’t amazing enough, Kristy works endlessly to help breeder-releases that Half-way Home Rescue’s breeder-release program takes in on a weekly basis. For the past three years, Kristy has assumed the mantle of Transport Coordinator for the Rescue Road Warriors, which is an organization that, in seven short years, has helped safely transport 10,000+ dogs to life-saving rescues across the country. The vast majority of those dogs are dogs that found rescue-placement through Kristy and her team of volunteers. Kristy loves and cherishes each life so much that the journey does not end for her when the dogs reach their rescues – she watches for updates and shares them with everyone involved in each life that was saved. Finally, Kristy helped design and implement the PAW-It-Forward program, which was established to assist owners pay the cost of the impound fee so that they could be reunited with their pets. This is a program that is supported solely by donations or out of Kristy’s pocket. Accidents can happen, animals can get loose and more and more families are falling on hard times – this program helps to keep families together. If all of that isn’t enough to keep Kristy busy, she also works full-time and most people will be surprised to know she doesn’t even live in the same geographic area of the facilities that she’s supporting – she lives in St. Louis. Kristy is humble and will be the first to tell you what she does means nothing without the rescues, sponsors and transporters, but that’s not true. Her strength and tenacity have helped to form a community, where at the very core, lays her beautiful heart and soul. Kristy gives all that she is to rescue.

 

 

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