Sara Orpurt holds Tabitha, one of several cats available for adoption at the Berrien County Animal Control. Orpurt was recently recognized by Berrien County commissioners for organizing a Pet Food Pantry Initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was replicated throughout the state and recognized by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

ST. JOSEPH — Many people worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure people and animals were taken care of.

However, most of them didn’t get a call saying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wanted to talk with them.

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Staff Writer at The Herald-Palladium