Shelter Me: Honoring a pioneering animal protector

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Shelter Me: Honoring a pioneering animal protector. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News at 9am on May 6, 2017. (WPVI)

Later this month, the Pennsylvania SPCA will hold their annual event, 'A Night for George.'

It was started to honor the late Director of Humane Law Enforcement, George Bengal, and continue his legacy to fight against animal cruelty.

Also this year, the PSPCA is celebrating its 150th year of saving lives.

"We were founded in 1867. We're the second oldest animal welfare organization in the country," said CEO Julie Klim.

The PSPCA was originally founded to protect horses, but has since expanded to protect all animals, and saves nearly 5,000 per year.

"Barnyard animals and chickens and everything in between. We cover the gamut here," said Klim.

And it wouldn't be possible without the efforts from the Humane Law Enforcement Officers.

"You can truly make a difference and save a life of an animal, and then see it go into an amazingly wonderful home and live it's happily ever after," said Nicole Wilson, the Director of Humane Law Enforcement.

Bengal was considered a pioneer in Humane Law Enforcement and it was his wish that the fight against animal cruelty continue after his passing.

"He really set the standard for humane law enforcement officers here. He grew our team and he made it into what it is today," said Klim.

On May 19th the PSPCA is having their 2nd annual A Night For George event at the Philadelphia cricket club to continue George's legacy.

Wilson said it is being held "To raise funds for the humane society police officers and the Pennsylvania SPCA. We currently receive no government funding for the work we do."

You can purchase tickets on the PSPCA website. The event will include food and drink provided by the Philadelphia Cricket club.

LINK: Get tickets at PSCPA.org

"There'll be auction items and raffles all to support and continue with the work that George loved and dedicated his life to," said Wilson.

Watch Matt O'Donnell's report above to meet some animals currently up for adoption.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using the hashtag 6abc shelter me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

We'll be featuring your stories on upcoming Shelter Me segments.
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