American Humane Sparkles Under the Stars with Humane Heroes


Southampton, NY – American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, held a “Loving Animals” salon dinner in Water Mill, New York on July 6 honoring the important role dogs play not only in our day-to-day life but also importantly on those days when life is a challenge. During those moments, our furry best friends offer us the solace and comfort that sometimes can’t be found anywhere else.

“Our dogs are our best friends, always there to offer a warm hug or snuggle, an affectionate kiss and unconditional love – which is so critical to each of us,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We are thrilled to gather so many people here at Calissa to shine a bright light on what our dogs mean to us, especially during our most difficult days.”

Author, artist, and proud “dog dad,” Topher Brophy, who gained international attention on social media through creative and imaginative photos of him and his dog, Rosenberg, provided his personal insight on struggling with mental health issues and how Rosenberg has helped make him a better person. Topher’s story is detailed in his soon-to be released book, “Dog Dad,” of which proceeds benefit American Humane’s 107-year-old rescue program, which last year, saved, sheltered, fed and protected more than 1 million animals.

American Humane Board Members were honored as Humane Heroes for their leadership of the prestigious charity.  Honorees included Jean Shafiroff, Herb Krauss, Sharon Jablin, Dawn Assenzio, Marilyn Pelstring and Abigail Trenk.   Notable guests including American Humane national ambassadors Caroline Harless and Leigh Anne Kazma, and a host of others sparkled under the stars while dining on Calissa’s famed Mediterranean menu including crab cakes, crostini, olives, grilled salmon, roasted herb chicken and decadent desserts.   An enjoyable evening had by all celebrating the human-animal bond and heroes to animals!

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