Anne Sawyer recognized by DAR

On Nov. 13, the Martintown Road Daughters of the American Revolution met at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta.

The speaker was Dianne Tucker Culbertson, DAR State Vice Regent, who spoke on protocol and the many badges available to DAR members.

Susan Robbins, the local DAR regent, presented member Anne Sawyer with a pin and Certificate of Award for Excellence in Community Service for almost 32 years of appearing on several television stations in the CSRA representing pets for adoption. While a volunteer at the Augusta Humane Society and later at the Richmond County Animal Control, she began showing pets on television in February 1981 at the urging of her friend and tennis partner, Phyllis Slocum, then anchor with Charley Britt at Channel 12. She was at WRDW for almost 25 years.

While she was at WBPI, the Christian station in North Augusta, a short while, she began showing pets from different shelters and rescue groups in the CSRA. She spent two years at Channel 26 NBC Augusta with Liz Hill and Jay Jefferies until the 11 a.m. news show was canceled. She was then asked if she would like to appear on WJBF. She accepted, of course, and now appears each Wednesday on the noon news Adopt-a-Pet segment with Mary Morrison at Channel 6 WJBF. During that time, pets were shown and are still shown from most of the shelters or rescue groups - the Aiken County Animal Services on every first Wednesday; the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, formerly known as the Aiken SPCA; the Augusta Animal Shelter; Barnwell County Animal Shelter; Boston terrier Rescue of East Tennessee; Canine Rescue; CSRA Happy Tails Rescue; CSRA Humane Society in Augusta; Girard Lifesaver Rescue; Greyhound Crossroads, Heartsong Animal Rescue, Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, Ga., Humane Society of McCormick County, Molly's Militia, Southern Souls Rescue of Harlem, Ga., and the Waynesboro Animal Shelter in Ga.

When accepting the award, Anne thanked the DAR, television stations, and newspapers, The Star in North Augusta and the Aiken Standard, that help to make the adopt a pet segment a success as thousands of animals now have forever homes because of her efforts and the cooperation of many animal shelters and rescue groups.

Anne, a former English teacher and media specialist, lives in the Merriwether District of Edgefield County with her husband, Gene, dog Sarah, two cats - Amber and Stranger, and two parakeets, Snowy and Green Boy.

Sadly, the Sawyers had another beloved dog, Shadow, who died last week.