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Originally published: 2014-02-20 09:32:54
Last modified: 2014-02-20 09:33:40

Thank you for outstanding community service

After 14 years of outstanding service, Feb. 16 was officer Anita Gomez's last day at Watauga County Animal Care and Control.

No one has done more for the animal welfare in Watauga County than Gomez. Without her, our county would have likely have euthanasia numbers very close to those to our neighboring counties.

She has worked, tirelessly, finding homes for animals, getting people to help with medical bills for injured animals and providing food and shelter for people who cannot afford it so they won't have to surrender their pets.

She pioneered partnerships with the Watauga Humane Society, Friends for Life and numerous other groups and individuals and, in so doing, she changed forever the landscape for unwanted, abused and neglected animals.

All of us who continue to work for the good of animals will be forever in her debt.

Anita, we wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide to do next. We thank you for every part of your heart that you gave to the animals, and the people, of Watauga County.

Nancy Coffey Blowing Rock