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.
I have always loved animals, and wanted to do volunteering, and I thought, do what you love. I've made many friends, and enjoy working with the animals. I love the happy ending stories, and knowing that I have contributed in some way for them to find homes.
Pets: Basset Hound, Charlie; cats, Zappa, Zowie, Zeke, Zayda
Volunteer since: 2000
Volunteer jobs: cat socializer, dog walker, selling raffle tickets, face painting at HHS events, fundraising
Fun Fact: I work as a Quality Assurance Engineer, but really love being creative in any way that I can. I make jewelry, have done graphic design, painted murals, and anything else I can think to make. I also enjoy gardening. There's something about digging in dirt
I was exploring volunteer opportunities in anticipation of my retirement. HHS was a natural choice because of my love for animals. In addition, it was a tribute to our dog Inky who had passed, it filled the void. Little did I know I'd be hooked forever. The staff at HHS is the best, and the dogs and cats capture your heart.
Pets: Lab mix, Inky (deceased 2006), Casey the cat (deceased 2012), wants to adopt a therapy dog.
Volunteer since: 2007
Volunteer jobs: Red Dog Walker
Fun Fact: Paul uses shelter names for his various passwords at work, hoping it brings the pets good luck. He ran his first marathon in 1970, the same year he and his friends came up with the phrase "eat my shorts." It took Bart Simpson a while longer to make it popu
My family has been connected to Hinsdale Humane Society for 50 years. My mother adopted a German Shepherd decades ago and our family has adopted five cats. I've always loved coming to the shelter and bringing my kids to see the cats. When my own cats died, I decided I would spent time taking care of those who needed it at the shelter. I've always had a connection with animals. I've volunteered many places since retiring, but the animals are my true calling.
Town: Western Springs
Pets: Havanese Dog, Wilson; Cats (recently deceased) Mao, Ely
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteer jobs: Cat Socialization
Fun Fact: Loves hanging out with her grandsons; Ari,4, and Freddie, 6, huge football fan both professional and college, watches the Bears every Sunday in the fall.