Athens Limestone Animal Shelter volunteer recognized

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - She's a full-time volunteer with a heart full of love and compassion for animals. At the Athens Limestone Animal Shelter, Suzanne Carter is well known and loved. In fact, one woman and the shelter staff were thrilled to see her get recognition.

Six years ago, a post on Facebook tugged at Carter's heartstrings.

"I saw the shelter page and there was a little dog that needed a foster home," recalls Carter. "I went through and someone had picked up one, but didn't pick up the other one. So, I came up here and fostered. After I did, it sort of went on and on from there."

Now, Carter is at the Athens Limestone shelter regularly, helping out by getting animals registered, loving on them and taking pictures each week to feature online.

We surprised Suzanne Carter with $319, and she said it will go right back to the Athens Animal Shelter.
We surprised Suzanne Carter with $319, and she said it will go right back to the Athens Animal Shelter.

"I usually get in bed about 12 o`clock on Friday nights when it's all over with," says Carter.

Sometimes, the volunteer work is tough.

"I see a lot of the dogs that are abused before they come back here, because I take pictures up at the clinic," explains Carter. "When you see the abused dogs and the chained dogs and the ones that are thin, it sort of touches you a little bit."

It motivates her to keep going and it also inspired Dana Craig to nominate her to receive $319. Here's a portion of Craig's email nomination:

"Suzanne Carter is a selfless and tireless volunteer for the Athens Limestone Animal Shelter. I cannot begin to tell you the good she does not only as a volunteer, but in taking in unwanted, hard to place dogs. She so deserves recognition for all she does. She's superwoman and the shelter staff and I would love for her to be surprised on a Friday afternoon when she's in action."

Carter was clearly touched by the gesture and promised to use the money to help animals at the shelter. Carter says the Pay it Forward cash can help with adoption fees, supplies, toys and treats.

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