Willow Award

The privately-sponsored Willow Award for the Therapy Whippet of the Year is traditionally announced at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. 

Let the Whippet World know what miracles your whippet - or a whippet you know - is quietly performing. In the hospitals, schools, nursing homes, libraries, women's shelters, mental health facilities, physical therapy centers, teenage crisis centers, wherever whippets are sharing their healing magic with people in need.

Each year a whippet is honored at the National by receiving the Willow Award, with the recipient's name permanently engraved on an original bronze Perpetual Trophy generously donated by Willow's therapy partner and owner, Linda Solano. But every nominee is a huge winner: by telling their story they let the whippet world know of their unsung heroism.

The recipient is chosen by Holly Parker, Director of Animal Assisted Therapy at the National Institutes of Health. All of the nominees' stories will be on display at the National, and we will try this year to find a way to share them with the whippet community at large.

Past nominees are invited - encouraged - to resubmit! Past Willow Award Recipients are welcome to tell their recent stories but will not be eligible, though they will be honored for sure!

Every year, people read about the whippets who have been nominated for the Willow Award and they think, "My whippet would be wonderful at that!" And another realm of miraculous opportunities is opened.

For more information on how to nominate your Whippet, or a Whippet you know, for the Willow Award, contact Patience Renzulli email.

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