The Roanoker - May/June 2020 - 42

sabr i n a gar v i n

best of roanoke

events, places and faces

Platinum Sabrina Garvin,
Executive Director and
Co-Founder, Southwest
Virginia Wildlife Center
of Roanoke
Gold Kianna Price,
Living Local TV Host,
WFXR
Silver Nancy Agee,
President and CEO,
Carilion Clinic

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 Caring for Creatures

Sabrina Garvin's work for Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center is
recognized by readers and animal lovers.
Before Executive Director and co-founder Sabrina Garvin founded
Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center, she never once considered animal
rehabilitation as a viable career option. What began as an enjoyable
volunteer experience quickly turned into becoming an animal rehabber.
Garvin acquired her permits and started from her home basement, but
quickly saw the public need for wildlife help. Because the laws are different
for that type of care, she (the caretaker) and her husband, Lucky (the doctor),
became a team, launching Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center.
" Our mission is to take care of these animals and put them back in the
proper habitat, " Garvin says. " I've never dreamed this would happen
and I'd be in this position. This came about from my love of animals and
community. "
Her years of effort have paid off, at least in the community's eyes. Readers
awarded Garvin Platinum for " Female Star of the Star City " in our Best of
Roanoke 2020 poll, citing more than a few reasons why they nominated her.
" Working tirelessly, " " strength and constant vigilance over orphaned and
injured wildlife " and " making a difference for the wildlife conversation in
Roanoke Valley " are just a few reasons why readers thought she deserved the
award.
" I have goosebumps right now! " Garvin says about the award. " It's such
an honor. I feel like my work here is valued; I grew up in this area and never
thought I'd be nominated for something like this. I didn't realize all these folks
had noticed us ... and I wish I could hug everyone that helped us! " 

AARON SPICER

Your Female
" Star of the
Star City "

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