Greetings from the Volunteer Appreciation Party

Categories: Blog, Other, Volunteers

On Sunday, June 2nd, we welcomed over 150 volunteers and staff to our campus to celebrate YOU! It was a beautifully sunny afternoon – a perfect setting for the afternoon program and celebration. The program began with a fun video you can view here. We hope this makes you feel as happy as we do about all of the volunteers!

We shared some statistics from 2018 that reflect the results of your commitment:
Total Adoptions – 2,168: Canines – 615; Felines – 1,093; Rabbits – 49; Guinea pigs – 110; Fowl – 112; Other – 116.

Foster Program – 647 animals were fostered in 2018, including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and over 400 kittens!

Other fun facts from 2018: 75,000 volunteer hours were reported last year; 1,136 cats & kittens and 611 dogs & puppies were evaluated; 724 animals were reunited with their guardians; 1,652 animals were spayed/neutered thru our veterinary clinic; 1,200+ adoptions at Kitty Corner since it opened in 2015; 102 tons of laundry were done at the shelter; 2,750 people attended a B&T class or workshop; 8,026 students were reached through Humane Education; 86 Community Engagement human volunteers – and their 60 dogs and 2 cats – completed 1,500 visits to participating facilities to brighten their day; 231 clients helped through the Pet Care Assistance program; 178 additional families assisted in new Pet Safety Net program!

We then moved to recognizing the Milestone Anniversary volunteers for their extraordinary years of service! Please read all about these rock star volunteers who have given 35, 25, or 20 years of service to the animals and people in our community: 2019 Milestone Volunteer Bios

A very moving video was shared which exemplifies our commitment to the animals we serve, volunteers and staff alike!

Julia Sudlow, Humane Education Coordinator, presented awards to the Humane Youth of the Year, Rebecca Preis, the Humane Educator of the Year, Katie Peter, and the summer camp poster contest winner, Julia St. John. Next up was john Reese, our Chief Administrative Officer, who expressed his gratitude to all of the volunteers for their many, many contributions to the organization. John also recognized three Board members who are moving off the Board after many years of service: Brian Cooley. Lisa Doran and Robin Rodi.

Finally, Anne revealed the magic that happens in our 700 sq. ft. Thrift Shop. In 2018, the Auxiliary volunteers spent over 7,000 hours “spinning straw into gold,” bringing in $105,555! We concluded the program with a “thank you” video for the volunteers which you can watch here.

At the end of the program, we moved to the Pavilion and courtyard for all to enjoy delicious food, beverages, live music, and the opportunity to connect with each other and share your own stories! The raffle was a big hit with all of the items donated, most by our very own volunteers!

As the afternoon came to a close, we glowed with happiness for having this opportunity to show all of you how much we love and appreciate you!

With kindness and gratitude,

Anne & Candace