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‘Shelter Hero’ receives respected award

CRAWFORD COUNTY- The AuSable Valley Animal Shelter’s Executive Director, Katelyn Gibbons received The Shelter Hero Leadership Award from The Bissell Pet Foundation. This award acknowledges the strength, determination, and compassion of animal shelter leaders that go above and beyond the call of duty. 

Katelyn Gibbons has been helping Bissell Pet Foundation (BPF) for a little over 3 years, Katelyn travels with BPF to assist with spay and neuter clinics, as well as helping shelters in need. Katelyn spent the month of January in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana assisting the animal control facility with population management, intake, and improving standards of care. 

Katelyn continues to advocate for animal welfare. “Injustice for animals anywhere, is injustice for animals everywhere,” said Katelyn. She is actively working on finding ways to provide affordable access to veterinary care in the Crawford County Area. According to Katelyn, “a person should not have to be wealthy to afford the companionship of a pet, the healthcare crisis is not only occurring in human medicine, but veterinary medicine as well.” 

The board of directors for AuSable Valley Animal Shelter are thrilled with the progress that Katelyn is making at the shelter, and they are thankful for her leadership and knowledge. It is without question that the future of AuSable Valley Animal Shelter is bright with her passion and hard work.

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