The Rilee Beisler Humane-i-tarian Award is inspired by the heroic actions of 11-year-old Rilee. On May 5, 2021 she tragically lost her life attempting to rescue her two puppies, Dobby and Luna. HSSC's mission is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals. Rilee Beisler's huge heart for animals is an inspiration and a testament to the strength of the human-animal bond. May we remember and honor the life of this young lady and celebrate other animal-loving young people. Children ages 6-16 that exemplify compassion, love, and respect for animals will be eligible to be nominated for this award.
The winner will be awarded at a special ceremony on September 18, 1pm at Sun n' Fun. The child will receive prizes and other goodies, as well.
To submit a nominee, click the submission form button below. Submissions due by September 8, 11:59pm. The winner will be notified by September 16.
AUGUST 21, 2009 – MAY 5, 2021Rilee was a sixth grader at McIntosh Middle School. She tragically lost her life in an attempt to rescue her two 7-month-old puppies, Luna and Dobby, from a fire.
A MESSAGE FROM RILEE'S GRANDFATHER
"In this day and age because of the COVID monster, our attentions have gravitated to smaller more withdrawn personal contacts, but we sometimes forget other things around us, like our animals. They give us joy and inner peace we also take for granted.For my generation (many years ago) as a child my dog was one of the most important parts of my life. Rilee was the same way. She lived with us for many years before moving over to her mothers' trailer at Sun n Fun. The puppies she cared for were two Pitbull pups her mother's friend left behind. Rilee started training them to walk on a leash, sit and become "potty trained". She loved them both and they became an important part of her life. They gave Rilee joy, and she repaid that affection with caring and love back. She never gave entering a burning building to save them a second thought, even if she should have known better. She didn't understand the dynamics of a confined but powerful fire, and it cost her life. Her only thought was to rescue those two pups and her bravery set terrible circumstances into motion. It's that bravery and awareness of the value of two simple dogs that we wish to celebrate and remember, annually.For kids her age, pets are a sanctuary in todays confused and uncertain times. We sincerely hope to contribute in Rilee's memory a sense of responsibility and caring among kids her age, and others, of course, that will guide them toward their adult years to be passed down for generations to come." —Pete Beisler