2010 Art of Compassion Award Recipient
Robert L. “Skip” Trimble
Skip Trimble has dedicated his life to advocating for compassion. A Dallas native, Mr. Trimble is a board member and the legislative chair of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, promoting the humane treatment of animals through legislation, education, and advocacy. In this role, he has led the group’s efforts to pass legislation making cruelty to animals punishable as a felony, to pass statewide regulation regarding the ownership of exotic animals, and to raise funds for low-cost spay and neuter programs through a special state license plate initiative and other programs.
He is chair of the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission, an advisory board to the city of Dallas regarding animal control and the municipal animal shelter. He performs considerable pro bono legal work for animal groups, helping them form nonprofit corporations and obtain their tax-exempt status.
Skip is a former board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national animal advocacy organization comprised of volunteer attorneys throughout the United States, which also sponsors the publication of the Animal Law Journal at the Lewis and Clark Law School. He has been instrumental in the formation of the animal law section of the State Bar of Texas, is an active member of that section, and speaks at many of their legal seminars.
Skip founded and financed “PetNet,” a free lost-and-found pet locator service, now operated by the SPCA of Texas. He was also instrumental in obtaining financial support from the city of Dallas to build a low-cost spay and neuter clinic now operated by the SPCA of Texas.
Skip has an economics degree and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. After working for the U.S. Department of Justice and the law firm of Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest, and Trimble, Skip is currently a principal in the real estate investment firm Catlyn Capital Corp. Skip and his wife, Mary, live in Dallas with their five dogs and three cats—all rescues.
Skip has long supported PCRM’s efforts locally and nationally. He and Mary have opened their home to PCRM events and consistently supported PCRM programs for healthier diets and ethical research. Whenever PCRM has needed help, Skip has been ready and willing to give it his all and to call on others to join in, as well.
In 2007, this award was presented to Daran Haber, M.D.
In 2005, this award was presented to Nanci Alexander.
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