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HSTC volunteer chosen as finalist in nationwide competition

Doreen Poreba
TC Palm
April 23, 2017

PALM CITY — One of The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s volunteers has been selected as one of 10 finalists in a nationwide contest presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

The #HillsShelterHeroes contest recognizes five shelter heroes who go above and beyond in their commitment to local animal shelters and helping pets find their forever homes. The top five shelters will be awarded $10,000 each. They will be determined by the public, which may cast one vote per person between now and 11:59 p.m. on April 14 by going online to

The Humane Society chose to nominate volunteer Linda Smith as their “Shelter Hero.” She, along with her father, Antonio Sanchez, volunteer every week, and are featured in the video that the Humane Society submitted for the contest. Sanchez suffered a traumatic brain injury that displays the same as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Smith says that volunteering at the Palm City shelter has been extremely beneficial and therapeutic for both her and her father.

“We are thrilled to be one of the top 10 selected by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and are asking our supporters to vote so that we may pay tribute to Linda Smith, her father, and all of the volunteers who give their time helping the shelter animals,” said HSTC Volunteer Program Manager Sarah Fisher. “If we are chosen as one of the top five shelters, the $10,000 award will go a long way in helping the shelter animals.”


The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit or call 772-223-8822.For more information about volunteering, call Sarah Fisher at 772-600-3217.

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