LARGO, Fla. (August 14, 2014) – Gretchen Gallagher, senior director mission advancement at SPCA Tampa Bay, received an Inspire Award from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce for making a difference in her community. Gallagher, along with seven other award recipients, was recognized at a sold-out luncheon on August 12 at Largo Public Library.
Gallagher was nominated for her work with Women Working Together, a membership-based group that unites women in service and advocates for the animals in the SPCA Tampa Bay’s care. Gallagher founded the group in 2010 and continues to serve as staff liaison. The group currently has more than 100 members and they have completed numerous projects to benefit the animals at SPCA, including creating two cat colony rooms, renovating the dog kennels and purchasing a new cargo van for use in animal welfare investigations.
In her nomination, Samantha Fenger wrote, “By recognizing the community need, thinking outside the box and bringing together like-minded, influential women, Gretchen is an inspiration to our community. She and Women Working Together for Animals at SPCA are improving lives and bringing the SPCA and the community closer through enhanced experiences.”
“I am honored to receive this award from the Central Pinellas Chamber,” said Gallagher. “Advocating for animals is my passion and it takes a group effort to make a difference for the animals. I share this award with the equally passionate Women Working Together for Animals at SPCA Tampa Bay’s members.”
Presented by the Chamber’s Women in Business Council, the 6th Annual Inspire Awards celebrate individuals from Central Pinellas who have inspired others in their workplace and region to make a difference. The other honorees were Barbara Inman of Habitat for Humanity, Summer Dodge of YMCA of the Suncoast, Karis Turner of Camelot Community Care, Joan Byrne of the City of Largo, Marty Lanahan of Regions Bank, and Paul Gibson of Piper Fire Protection.
About SPCA Tampa Bay
SPCA Tampa Bay accepts all pets surrendered by their owners and sick or injured stray animals. Owners are required to make an appointment but no fee is charged for admission, though donations are strongly encouraged. The organization’s mission is to improve the community by promoting humane care, preventing animal cruelty and reducing pet overpopulation. Community services include animal cruelty investigation, lost/found pet assistance, animal admission and ambulance transport for sick/injured strays. Located on 10 acres in Largo, SPCA programs include pet adoption, free pet behavior help, Sniff University training for dogs and cats, children’s summer camps and more. Founded in 1940, SPCA Tampa Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. More than 8,500 animals are admitted each year. www.spcatampabay.org.