Pets on Wheels, founded in 1990 has had a number of stories in the local newspapers. Additionally, Neal Jennings, its founder, has received a number of volunteer awards, some for his leadership and some on behalf of the 100 to 120 volunteers in the program annually. Additionally, a few other volunteer-pet teams have received community recognition. About 1,600 volunteers have devoted their time and shared their pets during the 22 years through 2012. They are the true awardees.

Special awards for volunteer services through the years.


March 2017 “Service to the Community 2017 Hero Dog” award presented by The Arizona Pet Project (formerly Friends of Animal Care & Control) to Diane Bykowski’s therapy dog “ZOE”.

2011 Arizona Cancer “HERO” Award presented to Marsha Goodman’s Portuguese Water Dog “WILLIE”

2007-08 President Bush’s Volunteer Service Award to 60 Pets on Wheels volunteers

2006 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Neal Jennings Call to Service Award – over 4,000 hours

2005 Hon Kachina Volunteers Award, Neal Jennings

2004 Volunteer Hero Award for all volunteers of Pets on Wheels

2004 Non-Profit Excellence in Collaboration Honors, by Maricopa County Volunteer Center

2003 Alice Drought Caring Spirit Volunteer Award

2001 Arizona Republic’s Champions for Children Award: Mary Ann Winter for Children’s Pet Education Program

2000 Arizona Veterinary Assoc. Animal Hall of Fame, inducts Neal Jennings’ Poodles, Jacques & Jill

2000 Lucia Causy Excellance in Volunteer Management Award

2000 Scratch & Sniff Awards, Lassie Rescue Award

1999 Scottsdale’s Papago Rotary Outstanding Service Award

1998 Blue Cross/Blue Shield of AZ Ageless Hero’s Award

1994 J. C. Penny’s Golden Rule Award – AZ