Mary Jane Laws
Volunteering at HHS is something I have always wanted to do. I saw the notice on the website about volunteer training in early 2012, and attended it. Now I look at this as the best thing I could have done. I am now able to give back to the shelter and say "thank you" for the wonderful kittens they have provided to my husband and myself. I hope the love and caring I help provide to the needy cats and kittens is influential in their finding their forever homes. And weighing the kittens is such a joy - just holding them and hearing those loud purrs makes my day. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Town: Western Springs
Pets: Mollie and Tammie, both adopted from HHS.
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteer jobs: Cat socializing and kitten weighing.
Fun Fact: I love sports car racing.
I have always had a heart for animals. It's wonderful to have a place where I can make a direct impact on the lives of our pets and know that they have the best care.
Pets: 3 cats - a DLH gray male named Meander (a Hinsdale Humane Society alum), a DMH black male named Nemesis and a DSH black male named Ink.
Volunteer since: May of 2011. Before that, I worked at HHS for over three years. I was the Feline Care Supervisor, an Adoption Counselor and help
Volunteer jobs: The main thing I do volunteer-wise is foster kittens. I began doing that when I was working at HHS. Since I have so much experie
Fun Fact: I have three jobs: I have a dog walking / pet care gig through Out-U-Go!, I work at the Clarendon Hills Library and I write (mostly fiction) stories.
I chose to volunteer because my mom was working at HHS and it seemed like a natural thing to do. I appreciate the organization's work.
Town: La Grange Park
Pets: My family has fostered many dogs over the years.
Volunteer since: 2010
Volunteer jobs: I do cat socializing, laundry, weigh kittens, and have helped with closing the cat room and helped when we used to foster dogs.
Fun Fact: I like to bake.
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.