Best of the Best award

North Georgia Animal Alliance won the 2018 Chattanooga Times Free Press People’s Choice Best of the Best award for best non-profit in North Georgia. From left:: Lynne Hall, Valerie Hayes, Kelly Evans, Jillian Alexander-Hollis, Kristina Cook, Sharon Anderson, Dave Mayo, Janice Trimble, Wendy Brownfield. ((Photo courtesy of Jennifer Catlett)

On Feb. 22, the Chattanooga Times Free Press held an event at the Colonnade in Ringgold to present its North Georgia People’s Choice awards for 2018.

The winner in the non-profit category this year was North Georgia Animal Alliance (NGAA), an animal rescue group that has been working in north Georgia for 23 years. The group recently changed its name from Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care.

Nine members of NGAA attended the event, including the group’s new president, Jillian Alexander-Hollis.

"We hope that with this recognition," said Alexander-Hollis, "we can use the exposure over the next year to further help the community through the education and resources our group provides."

NGAA is an all-volunteer organization funded by donations from the community and grants from businesses and groups concerned about animal welfare. Alexander-Hollis said that since 2011, NGAA has facilitated the adoption or transfer to other rescues of 2923 animals and has paid to have 4956 animals spayed or neutered.

"We've got such an amazing group of volunteers," said Alexander-Hollis. "I know only great things can continue."

To learn more about NGAA, visit their Facebook page at