Volunteer Spotlight

“Volunteering to serve others is the rent we pay for the space we occupy in this world.” – author unknown.

Volunteers at Hinsdale Humane Society are vital to our organization. With their help, we are able to provide continued care, love and attention to our four legged friends until they find their forever homes.

Benita Ning

Why HHS?

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.

Town: Willowbrook

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.

Ken Johnston

Why HHS?

My Mom and I belong to the CSA Fraternal Life organization, and they wanted us to do some volunteering. We started at HHS and loved doing it so much that we have stayed on.

Town: Brookfield

Pets: Two dogs, both from HHS!

Volunteer since: May, 2010

Volunteer jobs: Yellow dog walker, cat socializer and fundraising.

Fun Fact: I am working on my first patent.

Vicki Gerberich & Julie Beitz

Why HHS?

Since Vicki was in the fourth grade, all of her dogs have been rescues from HHS, except for one she brought back to the states from American Samoa where she worked for over a year. Julie has a soft spot for pit bulls and loves to educate people about the advantages of adopting rather than shopping. She has had rescue dogs all of her life and wouldn't have it any other way. As a teacher, Julie enjoys working with her dog Kringle and local school children, encouraging a love for reading and improving reading comprehension.

Town: Western Springs


Volunteer since: Vicki Gerberich has been a volunteer for over three years and her sister Julie has been here for 5 months.

Volunteer jobs: Vicki is a Red dog walker and Julie is a Yellow dog walker and READ volunteer.

Fun Fact: Fun Fact: Vicki volunteers because dogs have brought so much happiness to her throughout her life. Julie volunteered for a pit bull rescue in the past. Now at HHS she is able to walk the dogs and know that she has been a bright spot in their day.

Mark & Cassidy Counihan

Why HHS?

Cassidy likes to take the cats out and play with them so they can be comfortable with people and get adopted out to the right home. Mark volunteers with his daughter at Hinsdale Humane Society because he got his first kitten here when he was younger, and his daughter loves cats.

Town: Westmont


Volunteer since: Mark and his daughter Cassidy have been volunteering since July 2012.

Volunteer jobs: Cat socializers.

Fun Fact: Cassidy plays a musical instrument and likes hockey, but loves animals and nature. Mark is a bowler and has bowled three 300 games, is a self-admitted geek and likes to build his own computers.

Sharon Foley

Why HHS?

Because I have a deep passion for animals and anything I can do to help and get involved, feeds that passion.

Town: Oak Park

Pets: Isabel, a beautiful mixed breed dog, and Brenna, a long haired mini dachshund.

Volunteer since: This is my first year as an HHS Board Member. I volunteered at an Oak Park animal shelter prior to this.

Volunteer jobs: Board Member, Gala Planning

Fun Fact: I have a passion for the 3 Ds: dogs, dancing and dining. I was also an aerobics instructor for over 20 years.

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