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Nominate Someone for a PAWSitively Good Award!

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Congratulations to our latest PAWSitively Good Award honorees!

Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary We are a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing a beautiful, loving environment that encourages relationships between our sanctuary animals and the people who visit them. 

Vindicated Pit Bull Rescue Founded in 2014 by a group of volunteers with one goal in mind: restore the reputation of the misrepresented and misunderstood "pit bull." Our staff works closely with the shelters in our area, the dogs in our program, our fosters, and potential adopters in order to ensure success throughout the rescue to re-homing process. Vindicated Pit Bull Rescue is located in Northern Virginia and currently serves the Metropolitan DC area.

Dottie Fitzgerald Nominated by Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA). They wrote: Dottie has long been passionate about creating change in her community. From her position as Vice President of Fitzgerald Auto Mall, which represents multiple dealerships across three states, Dottie is a dedicated advocate for many causes, including animal welfare. Since 2013, Fitzgerald has partnered with the HRA to promote adoptions and to raise money and support for our critical programs and services. We can host many adoption events at her dealerships which is an incredible way to find loving homes for our shelter animals. Dottie personally supports HRA in many ways too by advocating for our mission, donating to our annual Bark Ball event and pet calendar contest, she provides donations throughout the year and encourages her team to foster, volunteer and adopt! Where would we be without Dottie.

Professor Joan Schaffner received multiple nominations. Here's just one: Professor Joan Schaffner a person I would like to nominate for the Pawsitively Good award. For decades Joan has taught Animal Law to passionate students at GWU. She has also been asked to consult on some of the top Animal Law cases of that time. Personally, she has welcomed many cats and kittens to her family of pets. Most are feral, but any cat who needs a safe space to recuperate, recover from natural and unnatural disasters, or simply the loss of a home. Additionally, Joan has worked with local agencies such as Ally Cat Allies. These wounded cats learn love and safety from Joan. She is deserving of this NBC award.

NBC4 and Telemundo 44 are looking for more animal heroes to honor with our next Clear the Shelters PAWSitively Good Awards.

Do you know an animal lover in your community who goes above and beyond to help shelter pets?

Maybe it's a neighbor who takes rescue dogs to get their daily exercise, or a Girl Scout troop that collects blankets to keep shelter pets warm. Maybe it's a friend who always goes the extra mile to help an animal in need -- these people do whatever it takes to care for shelter animals and find them forever homes.

Nominate your local animal hero below and tell us why they are PAWSitively Good.

Nominees can be individuals, groups or nonprofits.

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