In 2009 Steve and Rosemary were awarded the Global Shining Award for Compassion by the International Ching Hai Association.

The inscription on the award reads (in part):

In Recognition of Unconditional Pure-hearted Love and Noble Selfless Sacrifice Nurturing our Precious Native Wildlife Species with Warm-hearted Care and Attention.

With Compliments and Gratitude for your Inspirational Example of Loving Kindness And Courageous Dedication to the Needs of our Animal Friends.