Sheila Stewart has rescued tens of thousands of animals over the years through her animal centre in North Wales. Her work and her compassion have gained her a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
But with the economy still struggling, organisations like hers are finding it increasingly difficult to raise the funds they need.
It costs £150,000 a year to run - all from donations. The vets fees alone total more than three thousand pounds a month. And the recession means the phone's ringing more often than ever.
Rob Shelley has been to visit her and her centre at Padeswood near Mold in Flintshire.
Sheila says "sixty percent" of the animals the centre currently receives have been abandoned by their owners, and require medical treatment.