JoAnne Worley to receive inaugural 'Friend for Life' Award .


President of Actors and Others For Animals to be honored for her years of activism at the shelter’s annual event


JoAnne Worley and her rescue dog Harmony.

Palm Springs, CA – September 14, 2015 - JoAnne Worley, actress, singer, and comedienne, will be honored with the Friends For Life Award at the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter’s annual gala, The Faux Fur Ball II: Puttin’ On The Leash on October 24, 2015. As president of Actors and Others for Animals, Worley is being honored for her years of dedication to improving the lives of animals.

This is the first time Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter will present an achievement award at their annual gala. President Stephen S. Boyd said Friends selected JoAnne because, “there are many animal activists working along side us, but those who truly understand what it takes and what we are doing every day in our mission to save lives, shine a little brighter. JoAnne is one of those special activists, and we are honored to have her join us as ‘Friend’ to our animals in Palm Springs.”

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter is the only municipal shelter in the Coachella Valley operating under no-kill guidelines, and their progress has catapulted them into the national eye, gaining recognition as a model in the humane sheltering movement. Providing a safe haven for all animals is a huge undertaking but one they are committed to sustaining. Shelter Director, Dr. Shayda Ahkami shares, “The flow of animals into our shelter is tremendous, and we rely on fundraising efforts like this one to continue to be there for the animals who are depending on us.”

For over 40 years, JoAnne has been an activist for animals, tirelessly giving of her time and talents for Actors and Others For Animals, positively impacting the lives of thousands of animals and their guardians. Actors and Others For Animals is dedicated to the promotion of humane treatment of animals and subsidizes spay/neuter surgeries and other services to help eliminate pet overpopulation. Boyd added, “Actors and Others’ vision mirrors ours, and JoAnne’s leadership and commitment to helping pets and their people, was one of many reasons we selected her for this recognition.”

“I am deeply touched by this honor from the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter,” said Worley. “To me, there is no better gig than improving the lives of animals, and I admire what is happening in Palm Springs with the shelter’s no-kill philosophy and the tremendous work the staff and volunteers do on behalf of animals,” she continued. “I should be giving all of them an award.”

Faux Fur Ball II: Puttin’ On The Leash will be held from 5:30-9:00pm on October 24, 2015, at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Over 300 guests are expected to attend the event, which will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, a live auction, and many four-legged guests as well. Tickets are available online at

Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter is dedicated to responsible pet stewardship and humane treatment of animals. In 2012, the non-profit organization entered into a unique public/private agreement with the City of Palm Springs, who appointed Friends responsible for the management and operation of the city’s animal shelter. Because of this partnership, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter is the only municipal shelter in the Coachella Valley operating under a no-kill philosophy.


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