Name: Cathy Horne
Name: Amie Burnam
Organization helped: Lowndes County Humane Society- TNR
Reason for nomination: I would like to introduce a dedicated and seemingly tireless animal lover. Her name is Amie Burnam. After working each day to positively impact the lives of her young students, she also opens her heart to helping animals. By word of mouth and by online information, situations of people who need help finding their lost pet seem to find her. She is full of compassion as she searches on foot and by car to find and return pets to their families. Sometimes it is the animal who finds her. Many people call her the "Cat Whisperer". I have witnessed repeatedly, feral cats as well as lost pets calling and/or coming to her. Then she takes them under her wing to improve their health (ask her veterinarian), and search for potentially pre-existing homes. Both local residents and travelers from all over have experienced her kindness of walking through the woods with a flashlight for many nights or doing whatever is needed to find their beloved pet (family member). When necessary, she even uses a trail camera to aid in recovering the lost pet. Her success stories are amazing and the people she helps find it hard to believe that a stranger would spend so much of their time & effort on them. And what does she look for in return? Her reward is knowing the joy that both the pet and the pet's family will experience, and the joy that it brings to her own heart. Amie has mastered the art of making insulated kitty condos to protect feral cats from the elements and other dangers. She then follows up regularly to make sure they are doing what they are designed to do, and to update them due to changes in weather and seasons. She stretches her personal resources (money and time) further than she should for their well-being. She has made a countless number of tote houses and put them out all over valdosta & surrounding areas. I have witnessed many cats using these houses & it warms my heart to see them have access to shelter. Amie, along with a couple of friends, feed well over 100 feral cats in various locations. She treats them all just like they are her personal cats at home. She works tirelessly taming kittens and/or cats and ultimately finding homes/rescue for them. Approximately two times per month, Amie traps feral cats and delivers them to be spayed/neutered through the Humane Society's TNR program. It is my pleasure to nominate Amie as she not only provides and advocates for homeless animals but also for homeless people she meets along the way while out feeding cats. If that isn’t the definition of a hero, then I don’t know what is.