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Be the Change for Animals: Volunteers Make the Difference

Blog the Change    April is National Volunteer Month  

Every April the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors offers each County department an opportunity to recognize volunteers who have shown outstanding service to their respective departments from the previous year as "Volunteers of the Year", and to be honored at a special ceremony in the Board Chambers downtown. For the year 2012, Sacramento County Animal Care (SCACR) is able to “honor” just one individual volunteer AND one group of volunteers.

Selecting just a few outstanding volunteers amongst all who contribute is truly one of the most difficult choices to be made each year. How do we choose just a few from an army? From those who care for our animals through morning cleaning/feeding and afternoon refreshing 7 days a week, our shelter foster care and LAPCATS sponsor care providers whom together saved 955 lives last year, our dog-walking and PB SOC volunteers who work to keep our dogs mentally sound and adoptable though progressive socialization techniques and obedience/manners training, our cat volunteers whom keep our kitties happy and comfortable during stays that can be many months long, to those who spend countless hours training new volunteers, beautifully photograph our animals to boost their online adoption interest, assist shelter visitors and facilitate adoptions, coordinate the teen program, manage mobile adoption efforts, transport animals to outside vet appointments, do clerical work, maintenance and special projects at the shelter, work special events, do projects from home, and whom make our new Community Cats and Barn Cat programs amazing successes… all of our volunteers are worthy of honor. So many do so much. decision is overwhelming, but with insightful and thoughtful input from both staff and fellow volunteers, we are pleased announce Laura Kass as our outstanding individual volunteer for her extraordinary fundraising event contributions, and the members of the Sacramento Shelter Rescue Networkers group whom work tirelessly to specifically save the lives of our shelter’s animals through rescue placement. 

Laura Kass!

The one-woman powerhouse behind the shelter’s annual Flea Market and TEAM’s Whiskers & Wine event is Laura. No challenge is too big, no obstacle insurmountable and nothing less than a successful outcome would describe Laura’s dedication and work ethic. Her innate drive, talents and ability to organize and “get the job done”, have resulted in more than $100,000 raised for the shelter in just two years from just these two annual events. Under Laura’s leadership, she and volunteers have firmly established the Flea Market and Whiskers & Wine as signature events for us, and at the same time have enormously increased awareness of our shelter throughout the community. The proceeds raised have been critical toward the purchase of vaccines, veterinary instruments and for other special medical needs, and toward retaining  shelter staff during significant budget shortages. Laura’s accomplishments are nothing short of “Super Woman” powers, which deserve honor as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2012!

Members of the Sacramento Shelter Rescue Networkers group!

When one hears that an animal in need has gone to rescue, it’s easy to sigh a sign of relief, but it is often not realized by most just how much time, how many emails, phone calls, photos, videos, bios and  sleepless nights have gone into networking every animal to make that rescue placement possible. The members of this group who work to specifically save the lives of animals in our shelter with certain medical and/or behavior issues selflessly devote their personal lives to this effort, and in 2012 helped to save 580 of our animals through rescue. The business of saving lives is often a thankless one, so with the honor of Outstanding Group Volunteers of the Year 2012, we are proud to recognize Cassie Barton, Rhonda Cordano, Jen Garcia, Robin Hagy, Shelley Halpain, Ron Heaton, Kristina Michelle, Tracey Nicita, Carol Nessim, Joelle Stone and Charlene Wolfe.

Please join us in congratulating all of these volunteers on their outstanding service to our shelter! They will be formally honored on April 23 with a ceremony in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, which will be televised live on Comcast Cable Channel 14 and also broadcast on the Board of Supervisors’ web site.

Celeste Ingrid, Volunteer Coordinator, Sacramento County Animal Care


Thinking of volunteering for the animals?

· The next new Volunteer Orientation will be held Saturday, April 20, from 1-3pm in our classroom. We’re especially in need of additional dog-walkers and cat socialization volunteers who are serious about volunteering and can commit to a weekly schedule. Tell your friends!  (Volunteers must be age 18 or over.)

· The next Foster Class is set for Sunday, April 27, from 1-3pm in the classroom. Kitten puppy season has arrived, and having as many new foster providers as possible on board crucial. In fact, please spread word that we are always in need of foster providers for dogs, cats and rabbits to help us save lives! . (If you know of someone interested in fostering who is not already a volunteer, please ask them to plan to attend the April 20 orientation as Step 1.)

Please visit SCACR’s website for more detailed information about volunteering to work with our animals.


April 15, 2013 - Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Education, Events, SCACR, Volunteers | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Congratulations volunteers! I LOVE organizations that are 100% volunteer run. You are all heart and thank you.

    Comment by Cascadian Nomads (@CascadianNomads) | April 15, 2013

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