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In 2011 the Franklin County Humane Society was on the verge of collapse. Ginny Wilson was the society’s ‘Superwoman’- leading the hiring of a professional shelter manager; helping to establish policies and procedures that raised professionalism and reflected long-term goals of the agency; installing software and training staff so that tracking of, and medical records for shelter animals could be standardized. She has continually supported these efforts and is always willing to step up to improve the organization, including writing and securing a nationwide grant of $77,000 for the upgrade of cat housing at the shelter. Ginny currently serves on the design committee for a new animal shelter and has been instrumental in providing guidelines and statistical analysis for optimal programming at a new shelter. Her leadership and guidance have made FCHS into a community centered, thriving organization that is ready for the challenges ahead.

Ginny’s mission is to save and rehome abandoned animals; safely and ethically reduce animal overpopulation through spay/neuter programs; and improve the health and lives of our community’s companion animals. Through improved facilities, clinical programs and education, she is certain these can be achieved.

Countless animal lives have been saved through Ginny’s efforts, but her warmth, caring and love for those around her enriches the lives of all who know her. Her compassion and work ethic is well-known at the Franklin County Humane Society and all who have worked with her have at times been inspired, encouraged and uplifted by her caring, generous ‘let’s get it done’ approach. She is a problem solver with a big heart.

Most admirable about Ginny is her vision, skill and commitment. She can see the big picture yet understands the detail required to reach goals; and she has a wide-reaching skill set. We are often amazed and always appreciative of her forward-thinking; willingness and determination to help; and her success at whatever task she undertakes.

We anticipate, subject to Ginny’s wishes, the Eagle Rare Life award would become part of the capital campaign for a badly-needed new animal shelter. The current shelter is in a flood plain in a nearly 50-year old facility.

The Franklin County Humane Society’s turnaround since 2011 has been nothing short of incredible. We have come from a facility where animals were euthanized as policy (at a rate exceeding 80%); was administratively disorganized, and on the verge of financial collapse, to a shelter with above-average national live release rates (82% overall and 96% for dogs) and healthier animals; a stable working environment, and fiscal responsibility. Many have been part of this process, but none have participated in more facets than Ginny Wilson. Her leadership, hard work, and goodwill have aided the humane society every step of this journey and this award would be a fitting gift for a cause for which she cares so much.

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