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Shirey-Ware wins first Iseman award

Posted: May 1, 2017 5:26 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Rhonda Shirey-Ware holds her Katie Ard Iseman Hero for Paws Award, the first to be awarded by Fostering Foster Animal Rescue (FFAR) and the Iseman family in memory of the late firefighter who often advocated for animals and fostered dogs.

Fostering Foster Animal Rescue, along with members of Katie Ard Iseman’s family, recently awarded the inaugural 2017 “Katie Ard Iseman Hero for Paws Award” to Rhonda Shirey-Ware of Camden. 

“Rhonda Shirey-Ware is a committed animal advocate, volunteer, foster home parent and rescuer of homeless, neglected and abused animals in Kershaw County,” Fostering Foster Director Andrea Walker said. “Shirey-Ware is a wonderful inaugural recipient of this special award.”

Shirey-Ware, an RN at Camden Elementary School, volunteers in multiple ways and often includes her children, Byer and Tristin to show them how to give back to their community. Shirey-Ware’s efforts to help animals in need include:

• Volunteering time to help socialize dogs at our local animal shelter.

• Organizing fundraising events to help rescue organizations.

• Fostering dogs that would have otherwise been euthanized.

• Promoting family involvement in all that she does.

The Fostering Foster annual “Hero For Paws Award” is named after the late Katie Ard Iseman, who was a resident of Camden. Iseman was a fire fighter for the Charlotte-Thompson Fire Department, municipal coordinator at the S.C. Fire Academy and a former law enforcement officer. She was the first female firefighter for the city of Camden. Iseman had a passion for serving her community through her career and in her volunteer time through advocating for animals in need and fostering dogs for rescue organizations.  

Iseman’s family members, including her daughters, husband and parents attended the ceremony. Iseman’s sister, Stephanie Ard Beam, said Shirey-Ware shares Katie’s love for community and animals in need.

“Congratulations on winning the ‘Katie Ard Iseman Hero For Paws Award.’ You may or may not have known her, but I know she is very excited to know that there is someone else that has shared their time and love to help with saving the animals,” Beam said. “I know she is very happy that there are others that have the same passion for helping all of the animals that she did. Like Katie, you must have the biggest and strongest heart to be able to rescue, foster and at the end of the day, be able to hand over the leash to the new owners. Thank you for doing all you have done.”

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