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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
I think I volunteer here for the same reason everyone else does - I love the animals! It's fun coming in to see them every week and it's fun when you see them go home with a great family.
Why HHS thinks Eileen is special:
Eileen has donated over 1000 hours of volunteer time to helping the animals and the humans at the shelter. She always has a smile on her face, whether she's walking dogs in 100 degree weather or shoveling snow when it's below zero!
Town: Western Springs
Pets: None at the moment.
Volunteer since: 2010
Volunteer jobs: dog walker, gardening, cat socializer, special events, fundraising
Fun Fact: I'm a huge Rick Springfield fan. I also love to bake and garden.