Why should this person or animal be a PetPartners Animaltarian of the Year?
It is Phillips’ mission to trap, neuter, and return as many community felines as she can, and find homes for as many as she can. She not only provides TNR to manage feral cat colonies but medical care and assists pet owners with medical bills, vaccinations, shelter, and straw and provides humane education programs. Phillips dips into her pocket to fund the TNR at $40 - $100 per feline. The hours can range from 6 a.m. to as late as 10 p.m. Once the felines are spayed/neutered and vaccinated, they are anxious to return to their colony caretaker. She frequently picks them up at 6 a.m. and takes them home on her way into the office. “Blizzard; I’ve done that before. I’ve rescued a dog at minus 32 degrees…he was lying in an abandoned garage on a concrete slab, and it took two hours to get him in my car.” “Rescuing and TNR is one of the most personally rewarding experiences in my life; in knowing I am helping to prevent overpopulation and homelessness,” Phillips says.
If this person or animal was selected, what would they do with the $5,000?
Phillips hopes the story and her work in the community bring awareness to the plight of homeless animals. She plans to use proceeds to continue her TNR and rescue work. Her long-range plans include opening a sanctuary for homeless, specials need, and senior animals.
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