Past Winners of Animaltarian of the Year

2017 Animaltarian of The Year


Josh and His Critters - 2017 Animaltarian of the Year

Josh and His Critters

In 2017, Josh and His Critters from Sun Valley, California earned our fourth annual Animaltarian of the Year Award. Tina Marie Lythgoe rescued West Highland Terrier mix Josh in 2014 before he was set to be euthanized due to a cleft palate. Since then, their mission has been to save as many “unwanted” animals as possible. As a nonprofit, Josh and His Critters provides sanctuary and rehab for abandoned, injured, or sick animals of all species.

As our 2017 Animaltarians of the Year, Tina and Josh will continue to provide the specialty veterinary care and necessary appliances for the mobility of disabled animals. As a true Animaltarian, Tina’s motto is, “Anything with a heartbeat deserves a chance.”

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2016 Animaltarian of The Year


Big Cat Resue Logo - 2016 Animaltarian of the Year

Big Cat Rescue

The 2016 Animaltarian of the Year award goes to Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida. Since its beginning in 1992, BCR has grown into one of the largest big cat sanctuaries in the world. Over 80 tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lnyx, servals, ocelots, and caracals with histories of abuse or abandonment are rehabilitated here. They also work with domestic cats! So far, volunteers and staff boast having saved over 350 kittens that need socializing and feeding.

Big Cat Rescue took home the $5000 check after competing with shelters and programs from California to Virginia and to Colorado to South Carolina. They used the prize to fund their supplies needed to foster kittens (food, formula, litter, crates, bottles, heating pads, nebulizers, etc.)

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2015 Animaltarian of The Year


Southeast German Shepherd Rescue - 2015 Animaltarian of the Year

Southeast German Shepherd Rescue

We are proud to announce Southeast German Shepherd Rescue as our 2015 Animaltarian of the Year. The organization was founded in 2010 to save German Shepherd Dogs from abuse, abandonment, and high kill shelters. It’s a non-profit organization that wouldn’t exist without the compassion and dedication of volunteers determined to help Rescue, Rehab, and Rehome this noble breed.

Southeast German shepherd that is located in North Carolina entered the contest and took the win against other non-profits from all over the country. (California, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) We were happy to meet the director, Heather Duggan along with one of her outstanding registered therapy dogs, Koen when providing them with the award and $5,000 check.

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2014 Animaltarian of The Year


City of Elderly Love - 2014 Animaltarian of the Year

City of Elderly Love

Not only is City of Elderly Love is a safe haven for older dogs and cats, but has also been crowned our 2014 Animaltarian of the Year.

City of Elderly Love (an off-shoot of Citizens for a no-kill Philadelphia) entered the contest against other non-profits from all over of the country (Kansas City, Ohio, New York, Maryland, LA, Florida). Over the enagural contest City of Elderly love has over 300,000 views and almost 100,000 votes from across the country. We were able to present this great organization with an award and a check for $5,000 in person.

Here is a link to check out great dogs and cats they have up for adoption.

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