Name: Emily Smith
Name: Charles DeVane
Organization helped: BARC, Humane Society of Valdosta
Reason for nomination: Charles DeVane has devoted his life to animal welfare. He was board president of the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes, founded BARC humane society, and founded the Georgia Pet Coalition. He maintained the Quitman Animal Shelter. He works hard to promote animal welfare legislation at the state level, as well as boots on the ground saving dogs in Brooks County and the surrounding area. His legacy in animal welfare goes far beyond what I could type here; one could write a book based on all of his accomplishments. Because of his life long dedication to saving animals, I can think of no one better suited for the title "Animal Welfare Hero" than Charles DeVane.