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Shelter Worker of the Year Award – 2019


Who to Nominate

Nominees must be employed by any RI shelter or animal care facility. Nominees may not work in a supervisory, management, or other lead role at the facility. Nominees must be employees, not volunteers. Friends, family, co-workers, supervisors, and members of the community are encouraged to nominate an eligible candidate.

How to Nominate

Submit a 500 word or less statement about the nominee, as well as one photo of the nominee (to be posted online). Please include the full name of the nominee and the shelter or animal care facility at which they are employed.

Please send a complete nomination to:

Email: Danimal1@hotmail.com
Subject: “HDR Shelter Worker 2019”

Submissions Deadline: October 31, 2019

You can download nomination information in PDF form: 2019 Shelter Worker of the Year Nomination Information

First Prize:

Personalized Plaque & Gift Basket Valuing $300

Runner-Up:

Gift Basket Valuing $150

Past Winners

2018 | Winner – Nicole Ferrara – Cranston Animal Shelter
2018 | Runner-Up – Ernie Calandra – North Providence Animal Shelter

2017 | Animal Hero of the Year – Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island
2017 | Winner – Bob Salisbury – Smithfield Shelter
2017 | Runner-Up – Austin Flis – The Potter League

2016 | Animal Hero of the Year – Joe Warzycha – RISPCA
2016 | Winner – Shelby Kowal – Cranston Animal Shelter
2016 | Runner-Up – Tiffany Coles – Woonsocket ACO

2015 | Animal Hero of the Year – Keith Swerling – RI Pet Network
2015 | Winner – Cathy Simonini – RISPCA
2015 | Runner-Up – Erin Medeiros – Johnston ACO

2014 | Winner – Holly Duffany – North Kingstown Animal Shelter
2014 | Runner-Up – Bethany Nassef – PARL

2013 | Winner – Miguel Carides – PAC
2013 | Runner-Up – Anne Penta – RISPCA