TV Personality Carol Erickson Receives 2012 "Dogs’ Best Friend Award"
2nd Annual Honor Recognizes Delaware Valley person who impacts animal welfare in Philadelphia region
Carol Erickson, the meteorologist and on-air reporter for KYW-TV, received the 2012 Kennel Club of Philadelphia “Dogs’ Best Friend Award” on Saturday, November 17 during the annual National Dog Show cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
The award was presented by Kennel Club of Philadelphia president Wayne Ferguson before a capacity crowd as part of pre-event ceremonies at the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.
Ms. Erickson was recognized for incorporating her compassion for animals through her job daily by providing “pet advisories” weather forecasts, hosting a “pet page” on CBS 3’s website, reporting on animal-related stories and hosting the popular “Ask the Vet” segment with Dr. Jerry Geffen airing on Eyewitness News Sunday mornings.
A breast cancer survivor, Ms. Erickson, has been honored with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Media All-Star Award for her stories and for calling attention to the plight of animals and as an Honoree at the PSPCA Good Dogs Gala for her efforts with shelter animals. She has earned a diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counseling – Canine Behavior from the American Institute for Animal Science, now the American College of Applied Science.
Ms. Erickson is the author of the children’s book Not A Used Dog, At All (Author House Publishing 2011), in which she encourages the adoption of shelter dogs. The book was placed on the recommended summer reading list for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and profits are benefitting animal shelters and rescue groups locally.
The inaugural “Dogs’ Best Friend Award” winners, Chase Utley, of the Philadelphia Phillies, and his wife, Jennifer, were recognized for their launch of The Utley Foundation last year, which promotes animal welfare in the Philadelphia area.