Jennifer Williams, PhD, of Lorena, Texas, and executive director of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, was recently awarded the Texas Veterinary Medical Association's (TVMA) 2010 Good Samaritan Visionary Award.
According to the TVMA, the Good Samaritan Visionary Award is awarded to an individual who has made contributions to animal charitable causes that best exemplify the ideals of generosity and compassion toward the animal world in ways most likely to motivate and encourage others to do the same," and it recognizes the "emotional impact and sacrificial example of the contribution."
Regina Anderson nominated Williams, saying, "Jennifer is dedicated and inspiring in her objective to rescue horses in Texas and Arkansas. Her vision for the growth and future of BEHS as an equine rescue are without equal."
Williams has been involved with horse rescue since 1998, first founding Lone Star Equine Rescue and later co-founding Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Lone Star Equine Rescue took in over 500 horses under Jennifer's leadership, and this week Bluebonnet is taking in its 500th horse. In addition to the horses directly helped by the organizations Jennifer has run, she also helps to educate horse owners on proper care to eliminate neglect due to ignorance and educates other rescuers so that they can help more horses.
"Receiving this award is a great honor," said Williams. "It isn't about me, but it is about the tireless work of a great group of volunteers. This award recognizes all of their contributions every bit as much as mine. This job is something I could never do alone.
"For me, doing rescue isn't really a choice," she added. "I believe this is why I'm here and what I'm supposed to do. I wish there wasn't a need for this job, but as long as there [are] starving, abused, abandoned and neglected horses, I am fortunate to be able to help them. I hope others will hear about this award and the work we do and decide to get involved and make the world a better place for horses."
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