It gives me great joy to announce that Julie Cassadore has been voted the 2024 More Than a Pet Community Hero for the good she has done for her community of San Carlos, Arizona, and its animals. Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital, the organization that nominated Julie, will receive $10,000 to boost its efforts for companion animals and the people who love them.

In her rural community, Julie spends three to five days per week transporting animals, driving up to 90 minutes each way from the San Carlos Apache Tribe to the veterinary clinic. She shows up at the clinic morning, noon and night, and not just with cats and dogs: Julie’s been known to bring goats, chickens and ducks!