My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet Tech as well as a General Specialist. I have done a little research and have found a few organizations for you to contact about the great work done for saving lost, sick and abandoned cats.
This is the first link that is in VA: http://vfhs.org/news-a-events/awards They offer quite a few different awards.
The Next group to contact is the Local Red Cross in the area. They have a Real Hero Award for people who help animals.
The Humane Society of the United States also does several awards. this is how to contact them:
The Humane Society of the United States2100 L St., NWWashington, D.C. 20037202-452-1100 or(NNN) NNN-NNNNMonday through Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time
You also may want to contact the ASPCA : http://www.aspca.org/ , and some of the Cat food companies like Friskies: http://signin.friskies.com/contact/, and Purina: https://www.purina.ca/about/halloffame. Many of the companies offer awards and even foods to People who do special works for animals.
The last Person who I would suggest contacting via her website is Ellen Degeres: http://www.ellentv.com/inspiring/ She not only does awards, but offers cash for those who do for animals.
I hope your friend gets some recognition for the wonderful work she does. Joan