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.

Jeanine Vaughn

Why HHS?

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.

Town: Hillside

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.

Clara Grayson

Why HHS?

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.

Brian Karalow

Why HHS?

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.

Town: Woodridge

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.

Bill Buckley

Why HHS?

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.

Fun Fact:

Marilyn Pavlik

Why HHS?

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.

Town: Berwyn

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".

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