Voting is now open until April 30. Cast your vote here! Adler the Eagle: When I first joined the furry fandom and dove deep into the YouTube Furry Content Creator side of it, I ran into an animated video about how he got stuck in the window in his youth. I am thankful that I did a deep dive of the videos that he had on his channel as they would introduce me to not just one cool furry but also a great man with an impeccable heart of gold with a wonderful vision as to how the world should be embraced and loved. His short animated videos, "Adler Animates", are not only well animated slice-of-life stories but also lessons about finding the beauty in the world around you, being able to freely express your true self, finding your one significant other in the most unlikely of places, all while having a quirky, sassy, and fun delivery that often included the participation of members of his own community. Adler's claim to fame, though, was his dedication to his charities. His biggest, annual one is called "Flappy New Year's", a 24+ hour charity event in which they raise money for "Give Kids the World", a non-profit resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that hosts families of "Make a Wish". The personal tie both Adler and Blazen have to this resort have inspired others like me to seek the place out and become a volunteer and understand the wonderful vision of a dream made real, despite the circumstances we face. Even during the peak of the pandemic, Adler and his amazing team of other furries, pulled through and raised more than expected for the charity. In between that, he would do gaming marathons, like the Banjo-Kazooie speed runs that benefitted those in need and the arts. Adler has also been an advocate about being who you truly are beyond a cute fursona and express yourself in any way you want regardless of what critics may say. Adler's wise optimism, empathy towards others, inspiring creativity through the work of others, working endlessly to make a charity stay afloat in these uncertain times, and his lesson of being honest and true to yourself is what makes him more than a good furry; it makes him a great human being.
Bad Boy Bunny: BBB is a stalwart of welfare and security for many furry events in the UK for over 10 years, and FWA in the US for many years, too. He's always there for everyone, offering advice and first aid treatment, compassionate and caring, and helping keep everyone safe both before and during the pandemic, always with a smile and a laugh. He's so humble about himself and prefers being in the background, but he deserves to be praised and thanked for his efforts. Thank you for this opportunity!
The Beach Bears: For over ten years, Dipper/Maxgoof/Max DeGroot/Stargazer (real name, Craig Edward Smith) has been telling great stories and covering classic and modern songs through his story "The Beach Bears", the story about the trials and tribulations of the titular bears as they perform and face life one day at a time with meaningful lessons presented at the end. The decade-long journey has inspired many other furries to try their hand at being musicians as well as creating their own fictional furry band. Outside of that, Dipper has been a great papa bear to many, always willing to lend a hand to those in need, supporting those that need it, and just being a jovial soul that represents the best the furry fandom can offer.
The Beach Bears (nomination 2): Max DeGroot is a brilliant writer, singer and voice actor. He's wise and influential and very kind. His story is incredibly unique and offers things that not many other stories do.
Benji the Beagle: To say that Benji the Beagle is such a positive soul would be an understatement; everything he works on he puts a lot of hard work, thought, and effort to deliver something unique for the furry fandom. His main project is "All About a Fursuiter," a series in which he highlights several smaller and lesser known furry content creators, artists, performers and more from around the world, creating increased visibility for them. Benji reminds us that our furry world is a very unique one full of variety, and the way he goes about it is nothing short of inspiring.
Benji the Beagle (nomination 2): He's one of the most positive influences in the fandom who brings a bright shine and a smile to all that know him. He's a caring individual as well. All the furs on this list are wonderful people, and many of them are friends of mine as well. That said, Benji deserves this award with the way he treats people and with how nice of a guy he is.
BigBlueFox: BBF has been a staple of the furry community since before I joined the fandom in ‘06. He’s been creating amazing video memories for the conventions he attended—world wide!—; he’s live DJ’d at various cons; he’s heavily involved in AV at Eurofurence, leading the video team and EF TV stream and regularly manning positions at the FOH; and he’s been trying to keep people’s spirits up in the pandemic with incredibly regular live streams and streamed live DJing sets. And in addition to that, he himself noticed he had become somewhat arrogant and aloof a couple years ago and turned himself around 180°, becoming a very approachable and kind person again, something very, very few people manage.
B J Hughes: This furry has been a friend of mine for close to 25 years. He is part of the reason I entered the fandom. He has been a friend and an inspiration to me, helping me with my projects, and dedicating his life now to making the lives of others brighter by performing in fursuit. He deserves it for his constant unselfish service to others, often at financial cost to himself. His big project now is Sammy Sun Bear, who is trying to raise money to provide First Responders with free teddy bears to give to traumatized children. He deserves more accolades than I can give him.
Blaster76606: Blaster is one of the kindest people I’ve had the honor of meeting. I’ve know blaster for some time now and whenever we’re together he’s always there to cheer you up or trying to make your day better. He creates VRC avatars and streams on Twitch. He has a whole community that he cares for that he’ll make sure each and every individual is happy. I think he deserves a shot for the award for all he’s done for everyone.
Brett Chise: In a time in which the pandemic has brought so much fear, confusion, and anxiety, Chise has been the go-to voice for all things pandemic, especially with their involvement in developing one of the COVID-19 vaccines. They also go out of their way to educate people regarding any updates with the vaccine, showing detailed stats and information to dispel any rumors or fear-mongering news articles. Chise is a testament that within our amazing fandom there are many brilliant minds helping us get through the worst as one collective society. (She is interviewed on the "Digging Up Positivity" show).
Brett Chise (nomination 2):While Chise’s contribution to medical discourse as a whole, and the input of their activism, does go beyond the furry community, there is no doubt about the immeasurable good they have done for the world. I imagine there’s a knock-on effect that the furry community has gotten a reputation boost from Chise’s work. Of course, that’s just an added bonus, that’s not the point of being a good furry/person. In the past year and more, I don’t think there’s another furry right now who is more deserving of praise and recognition than Chise.
Ceil Fox:Has supported and continues to support a majority of furry events in the UK for years in many capacities. Also has been someone who tries to help people better themselves. Fun loving, hard working and genuine. The fandom would be a poorer place without him.
Croc O'Dile / Microdile: Croc is what the kids would say an OG within the furry fandom, having been in the fandom for years, and he brings that expertise and wisdom through methods. Most recently, he created Crocumentary (https://www.crocumentary.com/), a web page in which he shares his most intimate thoughts on life, his own journey inside and outside the furry fandom, and offers sage words of advice for anyone young and old.
Gimpy Merc: Good friend and loves everyone. He deserves love and support from everyone. He is very funny and enjoys very naughty jokes.
Jessica Owens (Rally): Rally has been part of the fandom for over a decade, most of that was moderating the Vermont Furs. She not only grew the local group to vast numbers (state size considered) hosted well over 100 furry meets, but she (through the proper channels) fought for the groups civil liberties when the group was discriminated against for wearing masks during Mardi Gras. She taught the group that there were people to stand up for other people, their rights, and how to do it the right way. Rally attended city council meetings, wrote letters to the Mayor, did press interviews, and she worked with the ACLU. Because of Rally's hard work, She was able to get the mask law changed in Burlington. She became a voice for the furry fandom. Additionally she has worked with local Sci Fi and comic conventions to be more fur friendly by negotiating the additions of headless lounge and other accommodations just so futures can attend and feel more included and accepted.
Joe G. Bear: Joe G. Bear has dedicated himself to continue to raise awareness about ALS and not letting it end with Dogbomb's passing. He continues to help people educate themselves about the illness and pushed through despite the pandemic shutting down many venues and events that could have brought more attention and keep being charitable and wholesome in a very uncertain time.
Joe G. Bear (nomination 2):Joe has done a lot for the community. especially with his ALS work.
Kathy Gerbasi, Ph.D., is one of the core members of the Furscience/IARP furry science team, which has used the power of science to gather and spread knowledge about and insight into the furry fandom. The data gathered by the team has been instrumental in shifting public opinion about the fandom and helping to dispel myths about it. Dr. Gerbasi plays an essential role in making sure the research happens and that panels and surveys at conventions like AC go off without a hitch! Dr. Gerbasi works to ensure that the team's research is conducted ethically, efficiently, and well and conveyed accurately, compellingly, and clearly.
Likeshine: Because they are 1. cool, 2. a bird fan (birds are underrated), 3. extremely cool, 4. A gryphon fan (gryphons are underrated), 5. the only furry I know, 6. very cool because they drew a bunch of bird furries (featheries?) ocs, 7. kind.
Likeshine (nomination 2): Likeshine is an amazing artist and all-around good person who deserves recognition. She just accomplished making a group picture of over 700 bird furries called #birdstaking.
Likeshine (nomination 3): Besides being, in general, a wonderful person and furry artist and bird, over the last year Likeshine has created the most stunning artwork of over 600 birdsonas in her volunteer "Birdstaking" family portrait. This she did for FREE, or "donate if you can" to her Kofi. While working on her regular commissions and job, she dedicated free hours to create a joyful and detailed poster of hundreds of furries, "just for fun," often also graciously shouldering criticism from some who didn't see their sona right away, or (particularly when free...) didn't think it was quite to their liking. She created this stupendous piece of work out of the goodness of her heart and not only is it a monumental undertaking, I think it will stand as a wonderful time capsule piece of some of the avian furries in the community today. She also cleverly snuck in some "famous" bird personalities such a Big Bird and Jeremy from The Secret of NIMH. A truly delightful effort, gift, and work of art from a wonderful member of the community.
Likeshine (nomination 4): She has been working on a massive project for over a year to draw as many avian furs as possible in one giant group shot. Has been working for donations only, just to spread a little joy and create something awesome.
Likeshine (nominatin 5): Since 2020, Likeshine has been drawing characters into a huge Birdstaking picture. The majority of these 676 drawings have been for free. Likeshine is an amazing and kind person to dedicate do much of her time for this, and she deserves so much love for it.
Mango Peach: Mango is the kindest soul. He use to go by Hunter Fusky but has changed his sona to an axollama (axolotl, llama hybrid) Mango has done so much for everyone he meets and tries to help those in need. He will go out of his way to help those in need and put everyone's happiness before his own even if the people hurt him. Mango has made it his goal to make the world a happier place and make the fandom a more welcoming place. He's done everything from building homes to helping his community build a playground for disabled children. If you have ever had the chance to meet him or even talk to him, he is the one person you'd want to represent the fandom.
Mango Peach (aka Hunter Fusky; nomination 2): I see him make EVERYONE smile; he's been an incredible influence on me and made me smile and laugh so often I couldn't keep track if I tried. He practically saved my life after a plasma donation gone wrong left me half dead on a park bench in the dead of winter; he rescued me past night after my mom's ex boyfriend had a drunk bout of rage, and he's taken me places I had never been before and indulged my crazy ideas in the most positive manner possible. He's INCREDIBLE through and through, if I could give him an award I'd do it twenty times over and I hope he'll be considered :D
Mark Barks: ALS has been a major topic of conversation within the furry fandom ever since Dogbomb's passing in 2019 due to the illness. Mark Bark's father was diagnosed with ALS, and rather than just letting it end there, he went on to inspire a movement with the hashtag #PapaBarks in which furries, through streams and donations, helped both raise awareness for ALS and help Mark Barks. Unfortunately, he lost his father in late September and described the journey in this tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/Marks_Barks/status/1441404448727838723
MuscleWolf: MuscleWolf has been overlooked by many. Unofficially, he is know ad the "Father of Furry Muscle" by his peers due to the fact he started the genre. Noelle White (Wyld): Wyld and her spouse, Storm, lead the Arvada Tails furry meet. This safe, fun, well-organized for-all-ages meet has helped to keep the Colorado furry community together through some challenging times. At the height of COVID-19, Wyld wisely and responsibly suspended the local meets. The meet's assorted charitable contributions over the years and ongoing positive participation in community events has helped to establish strong positive relationship between the furries and the Arvada locals and organizations, thereby bolstering the reputation of the overall furry fandom.
Sharon Roberts, Ph.D., is one of the core members of the Furscience/IARP furry science team, which has used the power of science to gather and spread knowledge about and insight into the furry fandom. The data gathered by the team has been instrumental in shifting public opinion about the fandom and helping to dispel myths about it. Dr. Roberts has been one of the team's most vocal and visible advocates specifically for the furry fandom, and clearly cares deeply about it.
Silverfoxwolf: Has supported UK furry events for years and is always up for some silliness in order to make people laugh. Very hard working and someone who will listen and offer advice as best he can.
Soatok Dhole is already on their way to being one of the most respected voices in the community thanks to their blog "Dhole Moments" (https://soatok.blog/) in which they write meaningful commentary about events and trends that affect the fandom both online and offline, with plenty of advice and points of view being offered. But their shining moment is raising awareness towards the funding of local libraries and their LGBTQIA+ books for children and teens. This came to light when the mayor of Ridgeland, Mississippi, Gene McGee, threatened to pull funding from public libraries over LGBTQIA+-themed books, a decision many have seen as an attack on libraries, the freedom to learn and be seen, and forcing restrictions on vital services over biased beliefs. Soatok sought out to correct this by boosting awareness of this news and offering a way for people to donate to the libraries themselves. The movement was so huge it was covered by many news outlets (https://amp.clarionledger.com/amp/6662813001), with many naming their articles "Furries Work to Save Public Libraries", showcasing how generous the fandom can be towards many worthy causes. Soatok is another great example of how this fandom can be more than just about cute animals; it is about understanding the needs of others and using the power of community to make the world a better place through action, communication, and compassion.
Soatok (nomination 2): In the early part of this year, a call went out from a local public library, whose funds were being seized by a mayor because the library had books that dealt with homosexual material. In his assumed superior wisdom, the mayor claimed it was against his beliefs and that the library should remove the texts in deference to his religion. The mayor took the money for the library and held it. The library set up a GoFundMe campaign on the FUNDLIBRARIES page. Soatok saw this and proceeded to blast this out through his online Tweets and other groups. Including contributing his own money to the cause and others, the library has raised well over $113,000. What Soatok has done not only shines a bright light on the caring and kindness of Furries but on people who were not even of the fandom. The people in this town in Mississippi will have a library, thanks to the help of Soatok.
Splitz Dutchie: Splitz may not be as known as other members, but within his own community he has grown a following for being a genuinely caring, loving, and accepting person. I still can't thank him enough for taking a friend of mine under his wing when he joined the fandom for the first time, allowing him to be his true self. On his YouTube channel he has made videos explaining how to understand neurodivergent members in a manner that's in-depth but also compassionate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWHVBmK6Gaw. He also hosts a Telegram group called "Helping Paws", which allows members of all kinds to join, be in a safe space, seek help and get it. Splitz's dream is to create a wide network of help for those in the furry fandom through compassion and love.
Splitz the Dutchie (nomination 2): He is wholesome and provides help in getting mental health to local Furries in need.
Sylox: Sylox is a wonderful furry to be around; he's not only one of the admins of Maryland Furs doing a wonderful job, but he's also a genuine joy to be around while at cons as well, full of positivity and light. He also speaks up for fellow people of color and supports mental health. He's the all-around package of a good furry.
Sylox (nomination 2): Has been running the Maryland Furry group hosting events across the state creating opportunities for furries new and old to make new friends and experience new joys in life since 2018. Asking for nothing in return even though the toughest of problems. Running the only BIPOC-operated and run state ground in the country educating furs on racial diversity and inclusion with his other admins for the state, hosting charity events raising upwards of $400 donations via events and outreach. Working with state groups to create events unifying furries through state borders, building strong bonds with each other in the MD, DC, NOVA [Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia] areas.
Taebyn:Taebyn is the co-host of "Bearly Furcasting Featuring Taebyn." He's a fantastic fur who is always pawsitive and takes every opportunity to make people smile. Taebyn also takes every opportunity to share his math skills and teach furs about interesting and fun branches of mathematics. To sum it up (see what I did there?), Taebyn is always a fun fur to hang out with, whether it's Weird Al karaoke, teaching math, or reading stories at story time, the fandom wouldn't be the same without him. Thabo Meerkat: Thabo excels in showcasing the best the furry fandom can offer through his monthly show "Digging Up Positivity", where he presents the best news regarding the furry fandom, highlighting the charities the fandom has contributed to, and interviewing people who have done more than a difference in the community. Not only that, he himself has participated in events that benefit and delight children of all ages, most notably when he used a forklift to play a game of connect four with children in the hospital at the peak of the pandemic. His dedication to highlight the best the fandom can offer while being a great example himself shows that there can be great light within darkness and that furry is more than just cute sonas and suits; it can be a life changing experience for everyone.
Thabo Meerkat (2nd nomination): Thabo Meerkat's Youtube video series every month is "Digging Up Positivity," which he showcases furs doing good in the Furry Fandom and other topics of interest. He also does charity work in Hilversum North Holland Neverlands, where he lives with the local furs he is friends with. He is also an Pawsome friend I know from Facebook. His fursuit is a Pawsome & Cute Male Meerkat.
Tonya Song: Outspoken, proud, and true. Those are the words I would use to describe Tonya Song, a beyond-talented singer and musician (https://tonyasong.bandcamp.com/) that has been more than a voice towards the BIPOC community, using their Indigenous and Latino background to enhance vision of their struggles, their fights for their rights, and teaching others why learning about our Indigenous communities past and present helps their memories and history remain part of an ever changing future. True self is also a phrase that best describes Tonya as they never hide who they are and who they hope to continue to be within the fandom as a BIPOC fur.
Weasel (Izzy Torres) is the editor-in-chief of Weasel Press. They recently edited Difursity 2 for a furry publishing house, and they always prioritize diversity in their own publishing, only publishing queer, BIPOC, disabled, or sex-working writers. Furthering a mission for sex positivity in the fandom, they started #OhMurr Magazine (@ohmurrmag on Twitter), which not only celebrates sex positivity but also promotes smaller furry businesses, including toy makers, gear companies, fursuit crafters, furry writers, etc. Plus, it gives ethical furry sex advice! Weasel also reviews furry books for Furry Book Review, and they really do a lot for this community.
Wolfsire: He makes pc and donates money to small stream to help them with their lives and he will talk to his friends about problems before his stream. He is the kind of person who doesn't believe he deserves anything nice so I nominate him because he needs the love.
Wolfsire (nomination 2): Wolf deserves to receive this award as a result of all the time and effort he puts into his community versus putting time and effort into streaming, profit, etc. Although he is a smaller content creator, he does his best to reach out to the many people he knows and helps to put a smile on their face.
Wolfsire (nomination 3): Any money earned through Wolfsire's streams is spent on his community; he doesn't keep a penny of it. If any of his friends has a mental breakdown, he'll stop his stream to comfort them. He has come to the aid of friends when they are distress, even coming to my aid during a panic attack.
Xavier Fox: Xavier has gifted me my fursuit. Held multiple raffles to win partials and helped so many people achieve so much. He is the kindest, most caring fur I have ever come across. Xusho Wolf: Xusho Wolf (https://twitter.com/XushoWolf) is a great example of how one can thrive through life despite experiencing a lifelong disability. Despite being a deaf furry whose videos have no audio and streams feature little to no audio even when playing video games, Xusho's energy and positivity create an aura of energy that brings out the best in people. And it's all because he is 100% himself, whether he is a space-loving wolf or a silly Cabbit. He recently reached over 50K subscribers on YouTube, and he feels humbled by it because once more he doesn't do a lot of audio or commentary besides his own personality. He reminds all of us that we all have the power to be someone that can create a positive impact on someone's life if we follow our hearts and let our natural light shine through. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2daoPVVfQPi3pjtmZDhWZQ
Xusho (nomination 2), has a bright and always happy personality, even on my worst day, I can watch his videos to smile