The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts will be kicking off its tenth-anniversary celebrations by honoring two long-time supporters at its Tails & Ties Gala on March 9th. The Animal Good Citizen Award will be given to Carter Luke, current president of the MSPCA as well as a sitting member of a variety of non-profit organizations including the London-based World Animal Protection, the American Fondouk in Morocco, and the Thornton Burgess Society in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Carter will be receiving the Animal Good Citizen award for his work supporting the APCSM as it worked to separate from the MSPCA in 2009 and in the years since then.“Luke was always available to offer advice and help when we first became an independent shelter,”says Executive Director Kim Heise, “We were a group of community members and volunteers trying to figure out how to continue serving the area, and he took our calls, helped us navigate those first difficult years, and he has continued to support us personally through the years.”
The Paws For Applause award will be given to Bank of Easton, who has been a community supporter of the shelter from its inception as well. Shelter president Chuck Givonetti remembers the bank stepping in to help during the APCSM’s early days, “The folks at Bank of Easton have been with us since the start and they always gave us the same customer service that we would have expected if we were a big organization.”
The two will be honored at the 10th Annual Tails & Ties Gala, which will be held at Lombardo’s in Randolph on March 9th. The event will kick off a year-long celebration of the shelter’s 10th year an independent, community-based animal shelter.
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Carter Luke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a post he has held since 2006. Before being selected as President, he was Executive Vice President. Before joining the MSPCA staff in 1985, Luke was the Executive Director of the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin. He began his career in animal welfare as the Shelter Manager of the Coulee Region Humane Society in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1977.
A former elementary school teacher, he received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in mathematics with concentrated study in wildlife ecology. His graduate studies were in the Department of Education at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
Luke serves on the Boards of a variety of non-profit organizations including the London-based World Animal Protection, the American Fondouk in Morocco, and the Thornton Burgess Society in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He has participated in many research projects concerning animal population dynamics, hoarding of animals, and the relationship between cruelty to animals and other crime.
Bank of Easton is known for local work in the community, has hosted adoption events, sponsored the shelter’s events and outreach programs, and members of the bank’s team volunteer for shelter activities.“At our two offices in North and South Easton, we provide full-service personal and business banking in a warm and friendly atmosphere, and we’ve been serving the local community since 1889.”Meg said.“We believe that responsible banking includes being a good neighbor. That’s why we proudly support and contribute to local events and charitable endeavors through our Town Proud program.” Meg Murray, Vice President of Lending at Bank of Easton, currently sits on the board at the shelter.
The APCSM is an open admission animal care and adoption facility, with a focus on prevention of cruelty to animals, education and outreach, low-cost spay/neuter programs and helping animals and people in the community. With the help of volunteers, community members, and sponsors the shelter has helped thousands of animals find their forever homes.