PRINCE GEORGE — She is the one.
It wasn’t a phrase used to point out someone was the right girl for them.
No, instead, it was a recognition of Donna Traylor as the “You Are the One” County Employee recent awardee.
During the Oct. 9, Board of Supervisors meeting, Traylor was honored for her efforts to find, trap, save and return a beloved pet to a North Carolina family who fled before Hurricane Florence struck.
Because of Traylor’s efforts, Skamper, a black and white cat, was reunited with her owners John and Maggie Brienza.
The 14-year-old female feline Skamper was lost on Sept. 13 from the Days Inn Hotel - Exit 45 in Prince George County. The family had evacuated Washington, N.C. ahead of Hurricane Florence when she slipped away. John and Maggie Brienza returned to the area to place fliers in mailboxes on Sept. 22, after searching the area on foot.
Traylor explained in a later phone interview that there are often stray cats that are in the area where she lives off of Frontage and Gravelbrook Roads in South Prince George. So, she didn’t think much about seeing a cat until she noticed a flyer.
Working with the Prince George Animal Services and Adoption Center, Traylor, an administrative assistant with the county, created a trap and was able to catch Skamper who was spotted on Sept. 23.
“It was amazing that she was there and seen and returned to the trap,” Traylor said trying to give more credit to Skamper than herself. She was trapped on Sept. 27.
With the continued help of Erika Gunn at the Animal Center, photos were sent to the Brienza for verification. They drove up that day to claim their pet.
They also made a donation of two large bags of cat food to the center, County Administrator Percy Ashcraft explained as he honored Traylor, who was at the Board meeting with her family, husband Keith and daughter Melinda Rheannan.
In another gesture that helped earn her the “You are the One” employee honor, Traylor declined the reward money offered by the Brienza family, asking that it be used for the Animal Shelter where Maggie Brienza works in North Carolina.
In return they opted to leave part of the reward money at the Prince George Animal and Adoption Center as a donation to show their gratitude.
“Donna Traylor is applauded for her commitment to public service,” Ashcraft said.By Adrienne Wallace, Herald-Post Editor