Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 11393 has named Amy Washburn, owner and operator of Valley View Animal Rescue, as its 2019 Hometown Hero.

The announcement was made during the chapter’s July meeting, held Tuesday evening at Cucci’s.

In announcing the winner, Jody Morris, Modern Woodmen activities coordinator, said Wasburn had “selflessly given [her] time ... [her] home ... and [her] finances just to make this a little bit of a better world for those who can't make it a better world for themselves.”

Amy received a plaque and a check for $100 from the chapter.

“I’m very surprised,” said Washburn about receiving the award. “Honored, but very surprised.

“It’s nice to be recognized for what we do,” she added. “It takes a team to do it, and I have a great team that helps me.”

Other members of the Valley View staff include Angie Poague, Sierra Ryder, Hannah Hill, Jeri Hinebaugh, Bella Sartain, Laurel Moore, Abby Poague, Karah Dobson and Alivia Hoover. 

Founded in 2016, Valley View rescues dogs, cats and other domesticated animals. They are located at 5757 Rich Patch Rd. in Covington.

Also Tuesday night, Washburn noted that Valley View will be adding a building which will house rescue dogs, as well as a building which will serve as a quarantine facility for dogs that are unvaccinated.

Washburn also said that they are opening a “Rummage for Rescue” thrift store at the former Patsy’s Dance Studio building on Highland Avenue in?Covington.

“It’s where people will donate items ...  and there’s no price on any items, but anybody in the community that needs anything can come in and make a donation to get what they need,” Washburn said.