EDITORS’ PICK—Best Friend to Animals

Anneke Vos

The cats and dogs of Sacramento have a constant friend in Anneke Vos, a tireless 85-year-old who has spent the past 29 years taking care of pets that belong to local homeless people. Vos—a 2006 nominee for Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year award—provides on-site kennels at Sacramento Loaves & Fishes. She pays for the animals’ medical treatments, finds homes for those whose owners have died and educates the homeless about pet care. Financed mostly out of her own pocketbook and donations from the public, her work is an act of love.