Name: Leah Robbins
Organization helped: Tift Animal Rescue Inc.
Reason for nomination: Did you know Tift Animal Rescue Inc. (TARI) is run by volunteers? What started as posting pictures of shelter animals on facebook in 2015 has developed into a full scale rescue that has flipped a local high kill shelter on its head. Who is spending over 40 volunteer hours every single week to network with rescues, tame feral animals, raise funds for vet care and walk animals through recovery? Candice Hernandez and her best friend, Leah Robbins. TARI's motto, "Be the Good" is not lost with Leah. Animals that would be euthanized for behavior or injury have a second chance at life when they find Leah. Thousands of animals are saved every year because of her non-stop efforts. I have volunteered alongside Leah for three years, and words could never fully describe her heart and her efforts. Outside of her full time job, Leah spends all of her free time advocating for the animals in our community. This includes cleaning pens, administering medicine, working with vets, and arranging transports that move animals to adoption heavy areas. She volunteers late into the night and for 12+ hours at a time on Saturdays and Sundays. The work is hard, dirty, and messy, but Leah’s joy and compassion never wear thin. Leah does not waiver in her stance for justice for animals. Leah gives everything she has to the animals of Tift County. She has never given up on an animal, and she never will.