The Second Annual Animal Welfare Heroes Contest

Sponsored By The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.

Valdosta, GA: The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. wishes to herald their Second Annual Animal Welfare Heroes Contest which started on January 1st and ends at noon on February 15, 2023. This 2023 contest is open to individuals working in animal rescue from South Georgia and North Central Florida.

The foundation stated, “Our opinion is that South Georgia and North Central Florida is blessed to have many animal welfare heroes who are seldom recognized for their altruism, and that is the purpose of our contest. Last year, the foundation had numerous nominees who wished to participate in our contest, while other individuals did not consider themselves worthy, and they withdrew their nominations. In the foundation’s opinion, most of the individuals who were nominated were deserving of recognition.”

The rules for the Animal Welfare Heroes Contest are posted on the foundation’s website at Short biographies of the nominees will be posted as the contest proceeds.

This contest is designed to recognize volunteers who often go unrecognized but are in the trenches regularly, ranging from writing grants, raising funds to pay the veterinarian bills, physically pulling and saving dogs from the shelter, assisting with spaying and neutering, fostering animals, adopting, attending adoption events, vetting and medical coordination, conducting home visits to qualify a new home, recruiting volunteers, promoting the animals for adoption, advertising adoption events and fundraising events, managers of all of the activities, managers of the cash flow, people pushing local, state, and federal government laws, people donating items, time, and money, cleaning cages, dog training, transporting, finding lost animals, and the like. In short, it takes a village to be successful in animal welfare!

Prof. Burton Fletcher, J.D., MBA (Ret.), the founder, president, and executive director of the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, said, “We are grateful to the volunteers in our community, and it is my foundation’s wish to support these wonderful individuals and to recognize them for their service to the animal welfare community.”

Finally, the foundation stated, “We wish to acknowledge and thank Dr. April Mathis, DVM and Dr. Michael A. Delaney, DVM of Azalea City Animal Hospital, Clarence Spires of ReMax Realty, and Attorney Tim Conlon of the Conlon Law Group, Philip Gutherie of Colson Printing Company, DesignMaze website developers, Deb Enfinger of Fairway Outdoor LLC, Diane Hotchkiss of Sunrise Irrigation and Landscaping, John K. Dukes, Jr., CPA, Arthur Rush of Berry Global, for their generous donations that benefit animal welfare in our community.”





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