Nominee’s nameCheryl Phillips

SEEN Changemaker CategoryCivic Service

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Nominee’s job titleFounder
Nominee’s cityDetroit
Please describe why the nominee is a SEEN Changemaker:

Phillips’ has created GG’s Foundation (ggsfoundation.com) with the mission being to end animal homelessness, euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets, exploitation, inhumane treatment, and animal cruelty and provide humane education to youth and adults.

Tell us about the individual’s accomplishments:

• 2017, Animaltarian of the Year Award by Pet Partners Nominee
• 2014, Twilight Community Leadership Award Recipient; The Community Leadership Awards showcase individual or organizational excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, the impact of work, and inspiration of others.
• Beaumont Formerly Oakwood Healthcare System Foundation Board Trustee since 2003; Awarded Distinguished Volunteer, National Philanthropy Day.
• 2013, DPTV Chair for the Be Humane, Animals Have Feelings Too, Public Service Announcements, Be Humane Wins Michigan Emmy® Award
• 2007, Awarded YWCA Western Wayne County Woman of Achievement in the Category of Dedicated Volunteer and presented with a County of Wayne, Michigan Resolution by Laura Cox, Wayne County Commission, District 10.
• 2012 - 2017, Humane Society of Huron Valley, ~130 hours in 2017
• 2009 - 2011, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, ~18 hours
• 2013, appointed Board Trustee and Quality Committee member for Beaumont Formerly Oakwood Healthcare System, ~15 hours
• 2013, Committee Chair DPTV, Be Humane, Animal Have Feelings Too Public Service Announcements, ~16 hours. Be Humane Wins Michigan Emmy® Award
• 2012, Elected Board of Directors; Institute for Supply Management Materials Management Group. Developed an Electronic Newsletter, ~40 hours
• 2003 - 2013, Beaumont Formerly Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. and Oakwood Healthcare Foundation Resolution received for valued service as a trustee of the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation Board, ~150 hours
• 2003, Chair of the Oakwood Women’s Healthcare Classic raising funds to support women’s healthcare programs. Raised more than $300,000, ~30 hours

How is he/she impacting the community or the lives of people in Metro Detroit or across the world.

In 2019, YTD, GG’s Foundation (Cheryl's non-profit) “Paws on the Ground” responded to over 50 calls that included 133 Felines, four Bunnies and one Rooster She was able to adopt, through the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 56 felines, distributed 262 pounds of dry cat food and 236 cans of cat food. She also led two GG’s Humane Education Workshops for 47 youth and adults: 1) Redford Township District Library and 2) Crossroads for Youth. “Paws on the Ground” also provides shelters, straw, Diatomaceous Earth, and Pyrantel as needed for colony caretakers, and has even administered antibiotics daily as needed. In 2018, we funded TNVR of 16 kitties in a city over 100 miles away and provided financial assistance to spay/neuter and for medical care of felines in South Dakota, and Florida.

Working as a volunteer for the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s TNR (trap-neuter-release) program, Phillips frequently spends evenings and weekends trapping cats and transporting them to HSHV where they are spayed or neutered, given vaccinations, flea treatment, and medical care, if needed. Since 2012, Phillips, a Northville resident, has completed TNR work with more than 200 “community cats” through all types of weather conditions. Community cats are described as the feral animals and abandoned pets that roam neighborhoods live in outdoor colonies.

When they’ve recovered from surgery, she returns them to their colony caretakers for release, or they are taken in for adoption. Her dedicated volunteerism is an inspiration to many. Her plan is to assist in stopping the reproduction cycle, and ultimately reducing the number of homeless community cats, along with feline intakes at animal shelters. At HSHV stray cat intakes dropped 23 percent since their TNR program started more than 10 years ago, and they have spayed more than 11,000 felines.

In 2017, Phillips responded to 29 calls for assistance and made 49 trips to rescue felines and canines. She spayed/neutered and saved 68 animals of which two were canines. Of the 68, 38 were adopted, and 30 returned to their colony caretakers. In 2017 alone, she drove more than 2,500 miles and has volunteered more than 300 hours of time. In addition, she provided funding to spay/neuter for a colony of 16 in Grand Rapids. Spay/neuter costs range $40 to $100 per feline, of which she has paid for personally. In addition, she assists low-income individuals with veterinary care and provides food, shelters and straw, both donated and at her own cost.


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