“All my life I can remember feeling like I have connected with animals” -Nancy Smith
Not until Nancy was in her 30’s did she feel like she might be able to do something about the suffering of animals…there was nothing in place in 73-74 in Collier County to protect animals from people. Nancy started by collecting over 5,000 signatures from voting residents to establish the need for rules and regulations in Collier County. And there it began….It took 2 years but she did it!
Nancy also worked with Florida’s then state representative, Mary Ellen Hawkins, to get an open range law from 1823 changed requiring ranchers to keep their fences in repair. It took a while longer as the chair of the board of representatives for the state of Florida was a rancher. But they did it!
During this time Nancy was hired as the 1st Animal Regulation Officer of Collier County by the Commissioners.