Name: Robert Koester
Name: Nancy D. Daniels
Organization helped: Flint Humane Society
Reason for nomination: Nancy believes that every animal deserves a second chance at finding love and happiness. She has dedicated her life to animal advocacy in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Her work encompasses campaigning for issues affecting companion animals, networking with shelters nationwide, and helping pets in need. A lifelong animal lover and a graduate of Valdosta State University, Nancy is a thirty-one year veteran of the public education system and a former Mercer University professor. She took a one year sabbatical during her career to found a humane society, Flint Humane Society, to save dogs in her hometown of Vienna, Georgia. She maintained that entire shelter on her own, spending thousands of hours cleaning kennels and caring for dogs. She is currently the volunteer Transport Administrator for Valdosta Humane Society and Flint Humane Society. She writes animal related articles for newspaper publication. She also is writing her first book to be published with proceeds going to animal welfare. Nancy transports animals from kill shelters and low adoption areas to no-kill and high adoption areas, typically in the northern states. She has established many partnerships along the way that promote animal welfare with Petsmart Adoption Partners, Petfinder Partnership, USDA National Dog Detector Dog Training Center, Delta Animal Rescue Transport, Giftsinkind.org, Greater Good Organization, Rescue Rebuild, Wings of Rescue, and the Heartworm Project. Beginning a transport distribution for homeless pets in 2010, she has successfully transported thousands of pets to Adirondack Save A Stray, North Shore Animal League, Humane Society of Broward County, Tampa Bay Humane Society, Alpha Dog of Maine, Bangor Humane Society, Brandywine Valley SPCA, PA Caring for Pets, Virginia Beach SPCA, Atlanta Humane Society, New Life K9 Rescue of Canada, Niagara Dog Rescue of Canada, and most recently, Hinsdale Humane Society in Illinois, the number one most pet friendly state. She started a volunteer program in the local high school, Responsible Pet Ownership, for students. She taught the students the ability to work with animals. She showed them how to judge animal behavior. She taught them how to give physical and emotional comfort to the homeless pets. She showed the volunteer students in the program how to administer medicine, to give baths, to ensure the well-being of each pet, and most of all, how to share their love with each animal. The students were also involved in the majority of fundraising opportunities for the animals. To date, Nancy has written $110,000 in grant funding going directly to animal protection and awareness. Nancy organized multiple yearly events for fundraising and donations. She even had state senators showing up at small town animal shelter fundraisers. She held wine and cheese events; Smooch A Pooch, Bone Appetit, and the like. She held Texas Hold’em poker tournaments, raffles, concerts, turkey shoots(a competition for marksmanship), and Flint River flotillas. She sold t-shirts and gathered shoe donations for the Island of Haiti with funds2orgs.com. She personally donated a truck for the humane society to use through the direction of the Dooly County Commissioners. She orchestrated the donation of a true dog truck by Clint Brannen Chevrolet with air conditioned compartments for the dogs. She started the Flint Humane Society Facebook page on the social media platform to bring awareness and solicit donations Nancy volunteers hundreds and hundreds of hours coordinating transports of dogs. She donates her own money to veterinarian care for these animals. She has personally been involved with saving literally thousands of dogs. She does not get paid. Nancy has never been paid for her contributions and always worked as a volunteer. It costs her personal time and money, yet she does it over and over again, all day, every day. She is deserving because she is a true animal hero.