Enter November 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023
More than $2,500 in Prizes to be Awarded

Hosted & Sponsored by The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.

The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals will again accept nominations for the second annual Animal Welfare Heroes Competition 2023. The competition recognizes individuals who have contributed to improving animal welfare and saving homeless animals across South Georgia. The competition will begin on November 1, 2022, and end on January 31, 2023.

The competition honors numerous individuals in Animal Rescue. The top three winners will choose the nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization they wish to receive their prize money. Each nominated animal welfare hero and their animal welfare selected organization will be listed on the foundation’s website at All nominations and votes must be submitted on the foundation’s website or by emailing   

The foundation also reserves the right to nominate exceptional local animal welfare heroes and reminds all participants that each nominee is already a winner who deserves community recognition. Everyone wins each time a homeless, unwanted animal is saved and adopted, and more animals are spayed and neutered.

Just by participating, all nominees and their chosen nonprofit animal welfare organizations will benefit from extensive community recognition and publicity. An independent panel of judges, and Burton Fletcher, the president, and director of the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc., will evaluate nominations and select winners. If there is a tie, Burton Fletcher will decide the winner.

No purchase is necessary to nominate or to win.

Please note that past winners are ineligible for the top three first-, second-, and third-place awards two years after winning. They may win any other awards during the next two years.

1. First Place

2. Second Place

3. Third Place

4. Leadership Courage Award

5. Entrepreneurship Courage Award

6. Volunteerism Courage Award

Potential New Awards

7. Shelter Courage Award

8. Best Leadership Award

9. Best Shelter Volunteer

10. Most Dedicated Volunteer

11. Best Government Animal Welfare Award

12. Best Corporate Support Award

13. Best Nursing Home Animal Welfare Award

14. Best Senior Animal Shelter Award

15. Best Animal Welfare Advocacy Award

16. Most Votes Award

17. Best Animal Welfare Communicator

18. Most Effective Animal Shelter

19. Most Improved Animal Shelter 

20. Best Rescue Transporter

21. Best Transport Coordinator

22. Best Rescue Fundraiser

23. Best Animal Rescue Educator

24. Best Animal Rescue Promoter

25. Best Senior Dog Hero

26. Best Puppy Rescue Hero

27. Best Rescue Trapper

28. Best Trap, Neuter, Release Hero

29. Betty White Philanthropy Award

30. Best Dog Trainer

31. People’s Choice Award (Most Votes!)

32. Best Rescue Veterinarian

33. Best Rescue Veterinarian Volunteer

34. Best Spay & Neuter Veterinarian

35. Best Rescue Grant Writer

36. Best Rescue Attorney Volunteer

37. Best Rescue Donor

38. Best Rescue Fundraiser

39. Best Rescue Grant Writer

40. Best Rescue Vet Donor

41. Best Puller From Animal Shelters

42. Best Rescue Foster Parent

43. Best Rescue Adoption Coordinator

44. Best Vetting/Medical Coordinator

45. Best Rescue Veterinarian Volunteer

46. Best Rescue Promoter

47. Best Rescue Adoption & Rescue Coordinator

48. Best Rescue Activity Manager

49. Best Rescue Cash Flow Manager

50. Best Rescue Lobbyist

51. Best Rescue Volunteer of Time

52. Best Rescue Volunteer of Money

53. Best Resource for Locating Lost Animals

54. Best Animal Shelter Volunteer

55. Best Wildlife Rescuer

56. Honorable Mention Award

57. Best Public Services Officer


Contest Period:

Contest nominations are accepted on November 1, 2022, until the competition ends at midnight on January 31, 2023. 

Competition Eligibility:

Internet access and email address are required for participation.

This South Georgia and North Florida competition is subject to all federal, state, municipal, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

The contest is open to legal residents in the South Georgia Counties specified on, plus the North Florida Counties of Hamilton, Suwanee Madison and Columbia, who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees, immediate family, or household members of The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc., or its affiliated entities are not eligible to enter.

How to Nominate:

Visit to nominate and see complete nomination, voting, and rules information. The website includes extensive information and ways to donate, sponsor, adopt, foster, and support the foundation’s work to save homeless animals across South Georgia and North Florida. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

All nominations must include the name, organization, and email address of the nominated person and the nominator on the entry form submitted on the foundation’s website. Entries missing any required information will be disqualified.

Any person may submit unlimited nominations of individuals who meet the nomination requirements. Nomination details can be changed through midnight of January 30, 2023, before the final day of the competition. 

In 1,000 words or less, describe why your nominee is an Animal Welfare Hero of 2023. Before submitting a nomination, please coordinate with any nominee to complete the entry fully and accurately. 

The nomination document should tell the complete story of a nominee’s activities and contributions to animal welfare to help or save homeless and unwanted animals. Specific examples and details are essential and increase a nominee’s chances of winning a prize and award certificate. Extensive community publicity and promotion are additional benefits to nominees in this contest.

The use of automated systems or multiple nominations is prohibited and will result in disqualification. The foundation is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, illegible, false, or misdirected nominations.

Nomination & Judging Criteria:

After the nomination deadline, January 31, 2023, the judges and Burton Fletcher, founder, and president of the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc., will evaluate all eligible nominations. Judging will be based upon these criteria: successful animal welfare activity, rescue, or adoptions of homeless, unwanted, or abused animals or those in other critical situations, grant writing, sponsorships, donations, fostering, volunteering, communications, and other significant support efforts.

Voting percentages may be considered but do not determine results.

How to Vote:

Visit the foundation’s website at to vote. Anyone can vote, and no nomination or purchase is required. Individuals may vote up to five (5) times, but only once for each nominee.


Prize money totals will be announced when all donations and sponsorships have been received, with a minimum of $2,500 to be awarded to the top three winners.

One (1) First Place Animal Welfare Hero Competition Winner receives 50% of $2,500.00 for their chosen nonprofit animal welfare organization.

One (1) Second Place winner receives 30% of $2,500.00 for their chosen nonprofit animal welfare organization.

One (1) Third Place winner receives 20% of $2,500 for their chosen nonprofit animal welfare organization.

Other winners may be named and receive donated competition funds, although this cannot be guaranteed until all donations and sponsors are finalized.

Each winner’s prize money will be awarded to their chosen nonprofit, which is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization, per the competition rules, within four weeks after the end of the competition and the announcement of the winners. Except for the $2,500, which is guaranteed, amounts of prize monies cannot be guaranteed as this is dependent on donors and sponsors.

Some winners will receive prize money for their chosen 501(c)(3) animal welfare organizations. We may even have surprise awards, dependent upon donations from the community. Governmental entities are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible to receive non-cash awards. 

Prize recipients are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt.


There is a limit of one competition winner per person or nomination submitted for the top three prizes, though individuals may earn more than one award for subordinate prizes.

By entering the competition, participants grant the foundation all permissions necessary and royalty-free to display, post, publish or broadcast in all media or otherwise use the submitted nomination information for promotion and marketing. This includes, but is not limited to, property, copyrights, trademarks, or other rights in materials or other items.

Submitted information should not be offensive, threatening, defamatory, or libelous. Nor should it contain offensive, violent, indecent, sexual, abusive, or discriminatory content, not in compliance with the community-oriented nature of this competition.

Submitted information must not contain material that infringes upon, infracts, or misappropriates any law or regulation or the rights of any third party. It must not violate any publicity rights, privacy, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights.

Participation in the competition constitutes full and unconditional agreement to all rules, including the judges’ and sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning and receiving a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all contest requirements. 

The top three winners of any Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. competition automatically become ineligible for the top three prizes for the next two years. Past winners are eligible for other awards. This rule applies to past and future competitions.

Winner Notification:

Competition winners will be notified by email at the addresses provided on the entry form. If a prize winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first contact attempt, or the prize is returned as undeliverable by mail, the prize is forfeited. The sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another nominee.

The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc., will fulfill prizes within four weeks after the contest’s conclusion on January 31, 2023.

General Conditions:

The sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the competition if necessary or disqualify any individual who violates contest rules.

Release and Limitations of Liability:

By participating in the competition, nominators and nominees agree to release and hold harmless the sponsor and affiliated entities, free from any claim arising from participation.


Any claims regarding the validity or enforceability of the contest rules, rights, and obligations of nominators and nominees or the sponsor shall be governed in Valdosta, Georgia, and by the State of Georgia and U.S. laws Federal Laws.

Collection & Use of Personal Information:

Entry into the competition constitutes agreement to the sponsor’s collection, use, and disclosure of the nominator and nominee’s personal information submitted on the entry form. Information includes but is not limited to names, addresses, photos, likenesses, and statements for publicity and marketing. 

Thank you for supporting animal welfare in our community and participating in this competition to recognize and honor The Animal Welfare Heroes of 2023.

We are a 501(c )(3) corporation, and contributions are tax-deductible.

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