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Animal Ambassadors

Denise Packard (left), Homeless Coalition chairperson, presents certificate to Pauline Balta, vice-president of Lincoln Animal Ambassadors.

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At the Homeless Coalition’s 17th annual recognition brunch, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors received a certificate honoring its contribution to homeless and near-homeless individuals and families in the Lincoln community.

“We need to feel proud of ourselves. This was not recognition only for participating in the Project Homeless Connect event, but for what we do all year around,” said Pauline Balta, LAA’s vice-president and spay/neuter coordinator, who accepted the recognition certificate on behalf of LAA.

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors was one of about 20 groups and individuals to receive certificates. Eight groups and individuals were given awards. Award and certificate recipients met at The Bridge Behavioral Health for presentations and a light brunch.

Since 2012, the Homeless Coalition has invited Lincoln Animal Ambassadors to participate in the Project Homeless Connect Lincoln Day, when LAA provides information about its needs-based pet food bank and issues spay/neuter vouchers as needed for people’s pets. LAA also helped organize pet services such as wellness checks, free vaccinations, and nail trims. This past year, 13 dogs, six cats and one bunny received services at the event. Pet owners repeatedly expressed appreciation, at times with tears. They were relieved to not have to worry about their pets not being vaccinated, and grateful for the new leashes and collars being distributed.

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in Lincoln and the surrounding area. The group prevents unwanted animals through its low cost spay/neuter program and keeps animals in their homes with an income-based pet food bank.

Allison Hunter-Frederick is media chair for the Lincoln Animal Ambassadors.

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