HUDSON — A Claverack woman and an area bank were honored for their work with and support of animals by the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Marcia Sullivan received the 2020 Bilinski Award as a long-time volunteer of the shelter, an adoptive mother to countless shelter animals with special needs and organizer for numerous fundraisers to benefit the humane society, said Ron Perez, president and CEO of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

The Bank of Greene County was also awarded the 2020 Bilinski Award for its ardent support, including financing the shelter facility that opened in 2016, philanthropic support through the bank’s foundation and assistance with the Paycheck Protection Program, Perez said.

The Bilinski is the highest award bestowed on a person, business or organization whose passion and commitment to the well-being of all animals is embodied by their generosity and devotion, demonstrated by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, Perez said.

The award is usually presented at the Paws Picnic, which could not be held this year due to COVID-19, Perez said.

“I’d like to congratulate both recipients and thank them for their tremendously consistent and generous support of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Perez said.

The first award was given to Dr. Jerry Bilinski during the shelter’s “Paws Picnic” fundraiser in August 2010, and is presented annually in recognition of Bilinski’s devotion to helping all animals and more than 30 years of commitment to and support of the shelter. Bilinski is a volunteer medical director at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Perez said.

Bilinski has been an equine veterinarian for more than 40 years and owns Waldorf Farm, a 200-horse thoroughbred breeding farm and veterinary hospital in North Chatham.

The Columbia-Greene Humane Society serves more than 5,000 animals each year, Perez said.

The shelter building at 111 Humane Society Road in Hudson is open for adoptions Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Available pets for adoption can be viewed at CGHS.org.

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