“Itís great work youíre doing.” —Nellie McKay
2008 Julia was so honored to receive the prestigious Momentum Women Award!
2005 Frisbee of Hope Award from Puppy Mill Awareness, “for selfless contribution to helping end the suffering of innocent animals.”
2004 Companion Animal Guardian Award from In Defense of Animals
“We are proud to honor New York Post columnist Julia Szabo for being a reporter who does not shy away from covering the tough issues. Her columns have had a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats in New York City and around the globe.”
— Valerie Sicignano, Director of Companion Animal Outreach, In Defense of Animals
2003 Award for Extraordinary Service to Humanity from the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation, “Julia Szabo harnesses the power of the media to do good.”
Helen Im was used to her cat, Manuel, vomiting leaves off and on over the 10 years she had him. Like most cats, Manuel had a habit of nibbling on plants she kept in the house. So when this happened Easter morning, just as Ms. Im was running out the door she didnít think much about it. That is until she had time to read a regular pet column in the Sunday New York Post, written by Julia Szabo, about the toxicity of lily plants. She also realized that her boyfriend had purchased a new plant that week.
Ms. Im rushed home and called the ASPCA Poison Control Line and The Animal Medical Center, both of which told her to get Manuel to the hospital as quickly as possible. Fortunately for Manuel, Ms. Imís timely reading of the article and quick response allowed the Renal Service at AMC to begin treatment before the toxicity resulted in permanent damage to the catís kidneys. Ms. Im is very happy to have Manuel home again. As for the lily plant, it did not fare as well and Manuel has moved on to safer snacks.