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Award to honor local pets

Posted: January 14, 2014 - 7:43pm

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is taking nominations for area pets that have made a difference.

The Serena’s Star Award will be awarded during the organization’s volunteer luncheon in March.

“We are partnering with someone who has been active in our organization and in the pet therapy world to present an award for service,” said Chrissey Miller, the development director.

The award is named after a dog named Serena that was adopted by Steve Briggs. Serena was found wandering through downtown Aiken.

Before coming to the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, Serena had been rescued by Molly’s Militia.

Serena, who has achieved the highest level of pet therapy, regularly makes visits throughout the area, said Miller.

“Her name is fitting,” she said. “She has a very serene demeanor.”

This is the first year for the award and nominations are open for any animals located within the Central Savannah River Area.

“(Serena) is near and dear to us and Steve wanted to honor what she’s done and what other pets are doing,” said Miller.

Nominated animals don’t have to work in pet therapy, she added.

“We’re looking for not just pet therapy or adopted dogs. There are some animals that do marvelous things – cats, ferrets, birds,” she said. “It can be any animal. It doesn’t have to be an animal working in a particular field. It could be something amazing that an animal did for a family or someone.”

Nominations are being accepted through March 1.

To nominate a pet, visit www.letlovelive.org.

“Any special story you want to share with us, we would love to hear it,” said Miller.

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