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Grizzly Youth Academy student receives honors for animal volunteer work

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 22:30:54-04

One student from the Grizzly Youth Academy is receiving recognition for her contributions to volunteer work she does with animals during a surprise ceremony at Camp San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, June 11.

16-year-old Lesly Diaz has been providing time to DogE911 since she was in the sixth grade. She has contributed to the organization as a youth assistant, assisting animals in need and mentoring her fellow classmates about caring for animals in disaster situations.

Diaz even became an advocate for animal legislation after taking care of animals following disaster situations, including the devastating Camp Fire.

DogE911 is honoring Diaz with several awards to show their appreciation for her service. She will be receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level, as she has already earned the Bronze and Silver levels during her volunteering time. Diaz will be given a plaque from the President’s Council, a letter from the President, a lapel pin and a Presidential Seal medallion.

Diaz has also been chosen as a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award. The national organization is highlighting her efforts to save the life of her 5-year-old dog, Shakira, after hearing the news that her family would have to put the family pet down. She recognized a misdiagnosis from the veterinarian and asked her mom to drive three hours to seek the treatment the dog needed from another doctor.

The Points of Life group will present Diaz with a plaque, a shirt and a copy of an article written about her contributions that was shared nationally.

Diaz continues to volunteer as a junior vet assistant. She has plans to graduate from high school early as she takes classes from Cuesta College, and says she is thinking about going into the Air Force before working in the animal behavior field.