Debi Miner from the Grand Traverse County Health Department was honored by the County Board of Commissioners as the 2012 Community Volunteer of the Year in honor of National Volunteer Week. The award recognizes an employee who has made a significant difference and positively represents Grand Traverse County in the community.
Miner was nominated by her coworkers for the work she does for HOPE (Helping Owners with Pet Expenses), a nonprofit organization that helps provide temporary food and veterinary care to pet owners who are going through financially tough times. She sits on the organization's board and also volunteers at Culvers Restaurant with a percentage of the proceeds going toward HOPE. She helped organize and participates in the annual trunk sale to benefit the organization and also has worked at "Bark in the Park" for several years. She and her husband volunteered with the Pet Safe Rescue efforts for dogs left homeless by Hurricane Katrina and adopted two of the rescued pets. She also has referred numerous people to Animal Control to adopt cats and dogs and was instrumental in developing the pet fair clinics sponsored by Grand Traverse County Animal Control.
Cherryland Humane Society recently received a $10,000 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 2012 Companion Animal Welfare Grant, which supports projects that increase the number of dogs and cats that are sterilized and adopted in Michigan.
The humane society will use grant funds for spay and neutering procedures for female and male dogs and cats prior to adoption. Because the spay/neuter costs will be provided for, the humane society anticipates that adoptions will take place at an accelerated rate.