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      TV6 employee wins UPAWS award

      TV6's own Kathi Fosburg has won an award for her act of compassion.

      Kathi was nominated and won the gold heart, an award given by the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter to someone for their act of compassion which had an immediate and profound effect on the life of an animal. Kathi won the award for fostering and caring for a furry little girl named Lily for over seven months.

      Lily is a Border Collie mix dog who has epilepsy and mild hip dysplasia. She needs constant care and regular medication.

      Kathi took Lily in and even saved her from icy waters when Lily nearly fell through ice into the Dead River!

      Her love for animals and fostering through UPAWS is evident when speaking with her.

      "It's very rewarding, and that's what I want to do. I want to be able to make a difference in a dog's life, one dog at a time, and that's why I foster," said Fosburg, TV6's Business Manager.

      Kathi accepted the award on Saturday night at the UPAWS annual Cause for Paws event.

      As for Lily, she was adopted in January by a retired couple and is happy and healthy.

      Other award winners included a dog that was trained to get seizure medication for his owner. That dog received the Purple Paw. Another award, the Silver Tag, went to the Peter White Library Pet Partners (children's reading) program. The program lets children read to dogs to better their skills. The Assisi Award went to Jim and Rene Kinnunen, who have fostered around 130 animals for UPAWS.