Cathy Kangas, CEO of New Canaan-based PRAI Beauty, a long-time financial supporter of Adopt-A-Dog, is proud to announce that she will serve on the Adopt-A-Dog Board of Directors.
Kangas adopted four dogs from Adopt-A-Dog and her endless mission to help save animals around the world continues.
“I am thrilled to join the board of Adopt-A-Dog. Their life saving work has saved thousands of dogs from euthanasia. Adopt-A-Dog has proudly served the Westchester-Fairfield community for more than 35 years,” Kangas said in a release. “The dogs I have adopted from this shelter are wonderful animals that they have socialized to live with a family.”
One of Cathy’s proudest accomplishments is The Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals that aims to provide a voice for animals, particularly those in shelters facing euthanasia.
The Foundation underwrites programs both nationally and internationally and has had remarkable success with two initiatives: Free the Shelters, an international campaign to help homeless animals and Squirrelwood, an equine sanctuary that provides therapy to veterans with PTSD. Since its inception, the Foundation has encouraged pet adoptions nationwide with over 6,000 animals adopted to date.
Cathy’s love of animals is woven throughout PRAI’s brand DNA. Every product is certified cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny approved, and a portion of every purchase goes toward animal rescue efforts. PRAI’s charitable arm, PRAI for Paws, helps find forever homes for shelter animals across the nation. Cathy is a devoted member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the largest animal protection organization in the world, and is the proud recipient of the HSUS “Compassion in Action” award for her unrelenting dedication to animal advocacy.
Cathy brings great value and expertise to our board because of her great work saving shelter animals through PRAI Beauty’s Free the Shelters campaign that pays adoption fees to move animals out of a shelter, says Kristen Alouisa, Executive Director of Adopt- A-Dog. “We have worked with her for many years and know how passionate and committed she is to our mission to save, socialize and secure loving homes for unwanted animals.”
Today Adopt-A-Dog’s staff of 15 cares for between 35-40 dogs at any given time, and collaborates with local organizations to educate the public about animal welfare.
The organization has a shelter in Armonk, NY. The organization was established in 1981 when Greenwich residents Donna Nives, Gloria Scheur and Pam Fahnestock became concerned about the growing number of abandoned animals languishing in local shelters.