ARF presents animal kindness award

In a field crowded with worthy nominees, Kelli Lusk stood slightly above all others as the recipient of this year’s, “Jeanette Schirs Recognition of Kindness to Animals” award.

Bestowed by the Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County, the award was presented to the 31-year-old Sturgis-area resident during the organization’s annual mostaccioli dinner and live auction fundraiser Saturday at Three Rivers High School.

Lusk was nominated by her friend, Jackie Hennig.

She has an impressive assortment of animals, but her focus centers on caring for hard-to-adopt, late-in-life dogs. Lusk said she has a soft spot in her heart for dogs that are overlooked by the general population due to their age and associated medical conditions.

Lusk currently has 31 dogs in her care to go along with three cats and a collection of farm animals.

ARF officials said they will know within a few weeks how much was raised Saturday.

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