Today’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month honoree is nominated by Jean Keating (who was our very first-ever honoree last year):
I would like to nominate Laura Simmons. When it comes to pit bulls, Laura Simmons does not just talk the talk, she walks the walk. She is a dog lover at heart, and that shines through in all she does. She is never without a smile, despite the fact that she works in the old stomping grounds of the now disgraced ex-dog warden, Tom Skeldon.
Laura accepted the position of Operations Manager, at the Lucas County Dog Warden, knowing full well it wasn’t going to be easy. I’m not sure she truly knew what she was going to be up against, but she is not a quitter. There have been many obstacles thrown in her way, but she has overcome each one without missing a beat.
When Laura started, the LCDW was killing almost every pit bull that entered the pound. Today, they not only adopt them out to the public, but they transfer them to rescues as well. Laura maintains a great relationship with rescue partners, volunteers, staff, and the public. When tough cases come in, she works even harder to find placement options. When she found herself in a position with an older pit bull that nobody could take, she simply took her home and made her part of the family. Now that’s dedication!
I truly believe that Laura deserves this honor and, in my opinion, she has the heart of a pit bull. Pit bulls, like Laura, are always happy. They greet everyone as if they haven’t seen you in 100 years, they forgive those who hurt them, and are always ready to enjoy the moment. What a difference she has made in our community. Thank you Laura! You are an inspiration.
On behalf of Bless the Bullys and the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign, thank you Laura for all the positive change you have brought to Lucas County! Keep up the incredible work!