HWAC celebrates an extraordinary animal advocate PDF 

Lori Walton was celebrated for her awesome animal advocacy skills.
Credits: Helen Woodward Animal Center


By Melissa Stoneburner,, October 11, 2012

The Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) celebrated Lori Walton yesterday; she received the 2012 “Humane Award” for her extraordinary animal advocacy efforts. According to HWAC, Walton is a Paws-itively Giving Individual!

Lori Walton was given her award Wednesday, October 10th during a reception from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. Lori is the wife of the legendary NBA All-Star Bill Walton. While Bill has basketball to contend with, his wife shoots three-pointers for animal advocacy. The award is very prestigious and given out annually. Along with the presentation, wine and hors’ d’oeuvres were served at a reception held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, California.

Lori has served as the Board Director, Community Relations & Development and Chair of the Fur Ball for the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA from 2001 until 2007. In addition to these efforts, she works to create a better world for animals through her position as Board Member for Canine Companions for Independence (which is an extremely important service so it is admirable that Walton sees the importance of this service and works to help them succeed). Her effort as a Service Dog Trainer for Freedom Dogs is also commendable while she also does work for Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs and Canine Companions for Independence (2004 to 2008). Walton served as the Chair for Lab Rescuers’ LabAmore in 2008 and for Rancho Coastal Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2010 and is even an Honorary Board Member for PAWS. How does Lori Walton do it all?

Even after all of her dedication to animals, Lori currently works as another type of advocate, too. She works in the Juvenile Court System and recently has gone for her Master’s Degree in Psychology and finished her thesis which measured the difference in self-esteem and self-efficacy between girls at juvenile hall who received traditional therapy and those who learned the same lessons while training a service dog. Her work includes specialized canine assisted therapy for at-risk adolescents.

This outstanding animal advocate is very special to HWAC and they could consider no other individual for the award – especially on their 40th Anniversary year. Mike Arms, President of HWAC, stated that, “Lori Walton has dedicated herself to these beautiful creatures and for that she has our unwavering friendship and enduring respect.” In gratitude, the HWAC Therapy Pets were also in attendance at the evening’s event.

Lori and Bill Walton live in San Diego with their three dogs and their cat.

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