Robin Cohen, a 10News Leadership award winner, and her dog Balonee visit a nursing home as part of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pet Encounter Therapy program. Photo courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center

Robin Cohen, a 10News Leadership award winner, and her dog Balonee visit a nursing home as part of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pet Encounter Therapy program. Photo courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center

The Helen Woodward Animal Center announced that Center Pet Encounter Therapy Manager, Robin Cohen was presented the 10 News LEADership award for her decades-long work in sharing the love of animals with those in need throughout our community. Cohen has led the center’s Pet Encounter Therapy, or PET, program for 25 years.

The 10News LEADership award is given to individuals or organizations who are doing standout and extraordinary things to improve the lives of San Diegans. The award has honored nominated community leaders for more than 40 years. It is a partnership between 10News and LEAD San Diego, a group committed to building a network of leaders in the community, affiliated with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cohen was nominated by longtime Center supporter Eva Stimson, president of EMS Marketing Consulting Inc. 

Program volunteers, which include dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and their humans, visit more than 50 facilities monthly. In 2018, PET completed 25,263 people/animal interactions. Cohen’s own beloved rescue pets, a Pomeranian named Balonee and a Sheltie named Henry, can be seen bringing smiles to clients’ faces at a vast number of these visits.

Renee Resko, Helen Woodward Animal Center VP of development said: “She truly exemplifies the center’s mission of people helping animals and animals helping people by bringing the love of our therapy animals to those in need throughout San Diego County. Her love for her work and clients she serves comes through with every visit.” Visit animalcenter.org or contact Robin Cohen at RobinC@animalcenter.org.