Governor recognizes DAWG founder

Douglas Animal Welfare Group president and founder Cherie Owen has been recognized by Gov. Jim Gibbons for her work to help animals in Douglas County.

A certificate from the governor cites her "selfless commitment to ensuring the safety and well being of all animals in Douglas County" and proclaims Owen a true hero.

Owen moved to Gardnerville in 1992 and volunteered at the Douglas County Animal Shelter. In 2000 she formed DAWG in an effort to ensure animals would not be euthanized. Last year DAWG was responsible for at least 100 dog adoptions.

Members of the non-profit organization exercise dogs at the county shelter and transport animals to local veterinarians for medical treatment.

DAWG operates solely from donations and membership dues. It has received numerous awards since the organization was formed.

For information about DAWG, go to or call 267-7325.


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