Name: Evelyn Klemstine
Name: Heather Gavitt
Organization helped: South Georgia Equine Rescue
Reason for nomination: Heather Gavitt deserves to be voted as “Animal Welfare Hero 2022, “ because she really cares about the well-being of the animals she takes into her care. She doesn’t rescue animals that are “easy to adopt” but those that need either medical or behavioral attention to make them adoptable. These are animals deserving a second chance at life. If you look at the history of the dogs she has taken in, they needed someone to go the “extra mile” to make them adoptable. Take for example Ollie ((image attached), whose back legs did not function, and have probably been like that since birth. Heather ambitiously has been trying to raise funds for his needed surgery. She has successfully had one find leg fixed, and is seeking sufficient funding to fix the other hind leg. As a result, Ollie’s mobility has substantially increased with the first surgery, with the hopes that after the second surgery, he will have full mobility. Heather’s passion and devotion to give animals a second chance is unmatched and worthy of this award.