On Saturday, November 9, The Franklin County Humane Society presented the Jeane Patton Humanitarian Award to Amanda Curty at the 2013 Fall Party for Paws held at IvyWild Restaurant in Sewanee.

The Jeane Patton Humanitarian Award was established in 2003 in honor of Ms. Jeane Patton, who provided initial support for the creation of Animal Harbor. This award is presented to one or more persons who have made a significant contribution towards The Humane Society's mission to rescue homeless pets, reduce pet overpopulation and improve the lives of companion animals in Franklin County. 

Amanda Curty is Practice Manager and co-Owner of Animal Care Center, LLC. Mandie began volunteering with Animal Harbor in 2003, and served on the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011. She was President from Dec. 2007 through April 2011 , and she  continues to be an active volunteer and supporter.

During the past ten years, Mandie has given an incredible amount of time and energy to support this organization, and to keep the issue of pet welfare in the public eye. She organized and executed the Animal Harbor booth pet adoptions at the Dogwood Festival every year for 7 years, and did the same for the Polly Crockett Festival for 5 years. She also coordinated remote adoption events at Tractor Supply and other places. In 2007, she organized and carried out the first Pet Pictures with Santa fundraiser at Tractor Supply and will be doing that for the seventh year next month. She has also been organizing and carrying out the Halloween Pet Photo fundraiser for the past 5 years.

Mandie has represented The Humane Society at numerous speaking engagements, throughout the county, including visits to at least five schools, promoting pet safety, adoption, and good ownership practices. In her position at Animal Care Center she has repeatedly created opportunities for partnership with and promotion of Animal Harbor, in the form of discount programs, sponsorships, and events. Last year, Animal Care Center made a generous $10,000 pledge toward the new shelter.

In all of her activities and in her dealings with clients, volunteers, children, and every random person she encounters, Mandie uses every opportunity to educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering, and about how to treat their pets well and keep them healthy and happy. She has personally fostered many special-needs pets that needed extra attention in order to be adoptable. Mandie has indeed made a significant contribution towards the mission of The Humane Society, and continues to do so.