Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba will take time out from prepping for the 14th season of the hit ABC show to host The Humane Society of the United States' 26th Genesis Awards on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills.

The only major awards show of its kind, the annual Genesis Awards honors the news and entertainment media for raising awareness of animal issues. It will air as Television Special on Animal Planet in May.

Known for her compassion for animals, Carrie Ann will emcee this star-studded awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in feature films, documentaries, TV news and entertainment programming, as well as print and online journalism.

“I’m honored to have been asked to host an awards show that is both a celebration and a consciousness raiser,” said Carrie Ann. “In a busy awards season, The Genesis Awards stands out as an event that has true meaning in the larger scope of things– it’s the Oscars for animals and the people in the media who give voice to their plight.”

“Carrie Ann is the ideal host for The Genesis Awards. She has energy, personality, beauty, and, most of all, she really cares about the animal protection cause. I think she’ll score a perfect 10 with our audience,” said Beverly Kaskey, Senior Director of The Humane Society of the United States’ Hollywood outreach program and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards.

Among the celebrity presenters confirmed to attend thus far are Kaley Cuoco, Bill Maher, Kristin Bauer and Pauley Perrette.

Nominations for The 26th Genesis Awards will be announced early February.

To purchase tickets, contact: Leigh O’Bryan at The Humane Society of the United States at 310 440 0600 or visit www.humanesociety.org/genesis.

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