I was introduced to Lori Halligan by a friend of mine who still volunteers at the shelter. The Memorial Garden project is a great way to give back to the community. HHS has this beautiful brick garden for people and pets to enjoy. I'm glad to have a part in its creation and maintenance.
Pets: I grew up with dogs my whole life but I currently travel too much to care properly for a pet.
Volunteer since: 2009
Volunteer jobs: Installation of the Carla Fisher Memorial Garden, with annual updates of memorial bricks.
Fun Fact: I'm a sports fanatic - I keep myself busy with a race a month and do a fall adventure out west every year. I've completed an Ironman and an Eco-Challenge (2001 Borneo). My day job is a web developer but my passion is brick pavers.
I really enjoy being around all of the animals that come into the shelter. It's a way for me to give back and spend time with the animals while they wait for their forever homes.
Town: LaGrange Park
Pets: We don't currently have any pets of our own, but I consider the animals at HHS as my pets.
Volunteer since: 2009
Volunteer jobs: I help out by driving them to their vet appointments and running errands in the shelter's van to help the staff.
Doing something on behalf of animals gives me pleasure and satisfaction. I strongly support HHS' mission and by volunteering, I hope to be able to contribute to the shelter's goal of finding loving, forever homes for each animal in its care.
Pets: 2 dogs, Bucky and Holly, a father-daughter duo, adopted from HHS in 2011.
Volunteer since: 2013, but I have supported HHS activities for more than 20 years
Volunteer jobs: Video filming, special activities/events, Christmas gift wrapping and decorating, HHS mailings, Bowling Fundraiser and Pet Walk.
Fun Fact: Volunteering at HHS and having contact with so many animals was at the top of my post-retirement plans, so I'm able to "live my dream".
Dr. John Bishop, DVM and Dr. Ann Marie LoPiccolo, DVM & HHS Board member
We strongly believe in and share HHS's mission to promote the adoption and welfare of homeless animals. We too are dedicated to the compassionate treatment of animals and the prevention of animal suffering and neglect. We have always been very impressed with the high level of care that HHS staff and volunteers provide for their homeless animals, the cleanliness and organization of the facility and the great depth of community services provided by HHS. We feel a great sense of pride in serving one of the top charity organizations in our community with our unique skills as veterinarians. We truly enjoy our time spent with HHS animals, staff and fellow volunteers; we definitely get as much as we give in our relationship with HHS.
Pets: Bella, a two year old labrador mix adopted from HHS at 8 weeks of age.
Volunteer since: Dr. Bishop 2004, Dr. LoPiccolo 2005
Volunteer jobs: Veterinarians - we examine, treat, spay / neuter and vaccinate stray and shelter animals.
Fun Fact: We first met in Vet School and are currently enjoying our 13th year of marriage.
I feel like the animals that end up at our shelter are there because humans have neglected them, so it must be our job to take care of them. I love to help out because I love my own dog, and think it's unfair that other animals don't get that same love. Hopefully, I can contribute to their adoption.
Pets: A Golden Retriever named Alfie who has just turned 1.
Volunteer since: November, 2013
Volunteer jobs: I started as a green dog walker but have since become a yellow dog walker and also like to help out with the laundry.
Fun Fact: I love being busy, so I do marching band and stage crew at my school.