In case you didn't already know this about me, I LOVE animals, especially dogs.

Not many things in life get me as riled up or upset as seeing an animal in trouble or hurt. I know, without a doubt, that my heart could not handle the things animal control officers see on a daily basis, and that is why I am in such awe of this week's Hometown Hero, Kristin Laue of Freeport, Illinois.

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To fully understand what makes Kristin so special, please read the nomination letter we received from Susie Ceroni of Freeport;

Kristin is the Stephenson County Animal Control Officer. She also works with the Stephenson County Animal Shelter and Freeport Animal Hospital. Kristin works tirelessly day and night being the voice for all animals.

My daughter and I helped with a horse hoarding situation in February 2014. There were 23 horses involved. This is when I saw firsthand how hard Kristin works. She was at the barn feeding/giving medications/cleaning stalls every morning and night before and after work. She worked with many people to find homes for the horses also ensuring any medical needs were addressed. This situation took many volunteers working together for several days. When I recently asked her about the horse hoarding from 2014. She listed off all 23 horse’s names without hesitation.

In 2015 Kristin had 84 dogs from a hoarding situation she again worked tirelessly day and night to ensure all the dogs’ needs were taken care of. She personally took several dogs to obedience classes so they could be adopted. She also takes care of any dog that needed medical treatment or any special needs.

The two situations I talked about are just a sample of what Kristin has done and continues to do as she attends to all animals that need to be adopted or rehomed even on weekends and nights. She is personally invested in making sure all animals are taken care of and have good homes and are loved.

I would like to nominate Kristin Laue as hometown hero of the week as I am sure if the dogs/cats/horses/cows could type they would have nominated her. She is a wonderful person with a big heart and rarely gets any acknowledgment for all that she does.

In honor of every single animal that you have helped save and take care of Kristin, we are giving you a $100 Amazon gift card courtesy of Gustafson's Furniture & Mattress. Spending it might not be as satisfying as 100 sloppy animal kisses, but we sure hope you use to buy something special just for YOU. The animals of Stephenson County are beyond lucky to have you on their side.

Do you know someone with a heart and devotion the size of Kristin Laue's? Please nominate them as next week's Hometown Hero, here.

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