Why should this person or animal be a PetPartners Animaltarian of the Year?
Since 2012, Cheryl Phillips has been a volunteer & animal advocate, while working full-time, now recently retired, has rounded up 300+ “community felines.” Volunteering for the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) program, Phillips spends her time rounding up & transporting felines to HSHV where they are given an exam, TNVR, & provided medical care. She returns them to their colony for release or if social, taken in for adoption. HSHV's stray cat intakes dropped over 23% since their TNVR program began in 2007 and they spayed/neutered over 12,000 felines. Spay/neuter costs range $40 to $100 per feline, of which Phillips has often paid for personally. In 2019, YTD, GG’s Foundation “Paws on the Ground” responded to over 50 calls that included 133 Felines, 4 Bunnies & 1 Rooster She was able to adopt, through the HSHV, 56 felines, distributed 26lbs of dry cat food & 236 cans of cat food. She also led 2 GG’s Humane Education Workshops for 47 youth & adults
If this person or animal was selected, what would they do with the $5,000?
TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate and return) to manage feral colonies, and acute medical care to save animals lives. As well as Humane Education programs for adults and youth. Many colony caretakers do not have the experience to roundup felines or funds to TNVR, provide shelters, or buy food.