Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Humane Society of United States honors Emmylou Harris

Her music has brought joy to millions around the world for more than 30 years, but what gives 12-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris great joy and satisfaction these days is her work on behalf of animals. “That’s what my passion is about these days,” the Nashville-based musician says. “Ending their suffering and educating people about animal issues.”

To celebrate this compassionate singer and her upcoming 60th birthday on April 2, The HSUS is joining with Emmylou’s friends and fans by encouraging contributions to The Keeta Fund set up in her honor and named for her rescued mixed-breed dog Keeta. All donations will assist The HSUS’s disaster programs for dislocated animals including search and rescue operations, care at temporary shelters or – when needed – the relocations of animals for adoption into new homes. Contributions to The Keeta Fund can be made at the website www.hsus.org/keetafund from now until the end of April.

During Hurricane Katrina, Emmylou, a longtime friend and contributor to HSUS, displayed her passion for animals by supporting HSUS’s rescue and relief work with a substantial donation. Today, her work for animals has taken a hands-on approach: She operates her own fostering operation for hard to place dogs; volunteers with her local Nashville shelter; and conceived, planned and headlined a Nashville benefit concert on behalf of the local Humane Association.

“Animals can teach us how to be better human beings,” says Emmylou. “They’ve certainly taught me that.”

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 10 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the web at www.humanesociety.org .

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