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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local woman's full time job has saved dozens of lives from starvation, abuse and neglect.
Yet, Tammy Crawford does it all for free.
That's why Crawford is WDRB's Hidden Hero for January.
For the last ten years, Crawford has dedicated her life to saving animals – specifically, dogs and cats through Carroll County Animal Support, the foundation she created.
"I was actually on the first committee to get the first shelter ever built in Carroll County, and then it just kind of progressed from there," explains Crawford. "Our county shelter does not take cats. They just do dogs. So we get the brunt of the cat population, and we operate completely on foster homes. We don't have a physical building or facility. At one time, I think I had 52 cats."
That seems like a lot of responsibility for one person, but Crawford's friends and fellow volunteers say that's nothing. Crawford works all hours of the day and night, even traveling many miles to give abused and abandoned animals a second chance at life and finding a loving home.
"We just did a starvation case. It was a boxer that weighed 22 pounds. He didn't have any hair, he had all mange, so I brought him into my home, fattened him up, got him healthy, and then we found a rescue that would take him."
Cheri Martin, a fellow volunteer says, "She's up late finding rescues, communicating with rescues."
Crawford does it all with donations and without complaining. Other volunteers decided she deserved a little thank you for the hard work, and so did WDRB. That's why we presented her with the Hidden Hero award for January.
"She does it just to see the animals saved -- every one we can get saved," explains Martin.
"We had four adoptions last January, and we've had 25 this year just for the month. We've already pulled out 46 dogs for the year," says Crawford. "We're all high fiving when we get one adopted. That's what it's all about: getting them out of that shelter so they don't die."
Crawford says she'll keep doing this as long as she can.
The Carroll County Animal Support will host its Soup Fest fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 23rd at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton.
To nominate someone you know to be a Hidden Hero, click here.