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A lifetime of dog rescue work earns one woman an award

One woman who has dedicated her life to rescuing dogs recently received the Meritorious Service Award from the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Lompoc Record reports.

Jackie Hobe, 84, has spent many years earning her name as the "Dog Lady of Nipomo." She worked for Animal Allies in Van Nuys, California when she was a student at UCLA, and has saved hundreds of dogs since.

In Nimpomo, she estimates that she has rescued about 300 dogs, though she stopped counting at 200, the news source reports. She runs the Nipomo Pet Camp to take animals in, but also returns dogs to their owners based on lost signs, tags and her microchip reader.

Veterinarians Robin Shroyer and Maggie Wagner nominated Hobe because she not only rescues animals, she returns them to owners, and even goes so far to educate the owners about neutering, spaying and keeping animals leashed, they told the news source.

Hobe spays and neuters abandoned dogs at her own expense, and keeps dogs that have been abused at her camp for at least two months to overcome psychological, medical or behavioral problems before she finds them a worthy home. She says she will never retire from this job, saying it "would be like retiring from life." 
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