Hearts United for Animals, a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization was honored at a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for its innovative use of technology. The ceremony honored nominees for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award Program. The Award Program searches for and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in new ways. HUA was honored for the Jet Set Dogs program. Jet Set Dogs rescues dogs from all over the country, rehabilitates them and puts their stories on the web page on the Internet in search of the perfect family for each dog. This program has placed dogs in 45 states and Canada. "HUA is using information technology to make great strides toward remarkable social achievement", said Dr. David Allison, Chairman of the National Museum of American History's Division of Information and Society.
Information describing the Jet Set Dogs program will be permanently housed in the Research Archives of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.
Lee Wheeler accepted the award on behalf of HUA. Wheeler said "We are thrilled to have this wonderful program honored in this way. It clearly shows that there are better ways to address the needs of companion animals in this country. Through the use of technology we are able to unite hearts!"