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Mara Steves to Receive Posthumous PETA Award

PETA is touched by her great compassion in coming to an animal's aid on Feb. 13.

Word of Mara Steves and her brave act of courage to rescue an animal in need has reached People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Steves, 48, of Laguna Niguel, who was darting in and out of traffic on a busy roadway near her home, will receive a posthumous Compassionate Action Award from PETA.

The framed certificate will be presented to Steves' husband, John, and their children, Jonathan and Hannah, said PETA special projects coordinator Carrie Snider.

Snider said about 30 such awards are given in a calendar year to “regular everyday people who go out of their way to help an animal in need. It could be someone like Mara, to someone who saved an animal from an icy pond, to a fire department saving an animal.”

Snider said PETA heard about Steves through news reports and, “we were touched by her story and the fact that she put her own life in jeopardy to save the dog.”

"Mara died as she was helping another individual in trouble," said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "The death of such a caring soul is a loss not only to family and friends but also to the community. We hope that the example of love and courage that she set in coming to the aid of even the smallest and most vulnerable will inspire others to help animals in distress."

in a memorial service at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar. More than 400 friends, family members and schoolchildren gathered to pay their respects to a woman who touched so many lives in the community.

Rebecca Rackleff February 18, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Such a great thing for PETA to do, to honor Mara Steves. I am happy to see such a positive article written around such a tragic event. Thank you Debbie for this great article and thank you PETA for honoring Mara, whom I didn't know, but I feel like I do after reading all of the articles about this tragedy.
Toby Goldman DVM February 25, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Shame on PETA for printing out this award. It stinks of publicity and an attempt at public relations in Mara's name. This fringe group often does not act in a smart nor sensible way when it comes to caring for animal welfare. We all can honor Mara, yet a PETA award has a hollow ring to it, leaving questionable merit and purpose - coming from them. The heartfelt comments from her friends, schoolmates, and the firefighter tree planted is a much more touching and fitting memorial to Mara. Toby Goldman DVM

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