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.

Alison Jenzen

Why HHS?

The last fur baby I had came from pet adoption and she was the pet love of my life! I miss her everyday and that adoption changed the way I perceived animal shelters. We are currently pet-free and my girls are dying for a doggie, so volunteering with HHS gives us the opportunity to fill that void. I love what HHS stands for, that it is a no-kill shelter and and all the effort they put into saving animals in the community. It’s such a great way to give back, especially for animal lovers who don’t have the ability to take on a pet at the moment. 

Town: Elmhurst

Pets: None at the moment, but my family is anxiously waiting!

Volunteer since: 2016

Volunteer jobs: At HHS I am the Social Chair for the annual gala and try to support my friend and rock star volunteer Mistie Lucht whenever she needs me. I am also a Brownie Leader and PTA Social Committee Co-Chair.

Fun Fact: In my spare time, I run a website called So Chic Life for sophisticated women.

Kristen Venetsanopoulos

Why HHS?

I've been a resident of Hinsdale for 11 years and it's always nice to get involved locally. I have a genuine love for animals of all kinds, especially dogs. Nothing makes me happier than seeing an animal be placed in a loving home. I love what HHS stands for and and all the effort they put in to saving these animals. 

Town: Hinsdale

Pets: 4 year old Pomeranian Kali and 2 year old Great Pyrenees mix Maggie. Both were adopted from HHS.

Volunteer since: 2012

Volunteer jobs: Dog walker and anything else HHS needs help with, like laundry. Working with HHS staff to help with the upcoming lobby remodel. I am an interior designer by trade.

Fun Fact: I started a local bowling league called the Bad News Bowlers 5 years ago with local parents from my children's school. We are starting our 5th season and have over 50 people that have joined including HHS Board member Nate Lucht and his wife Mistie, who just joined this season! I'm not even a good bowler but it sure is a fun way to get to know other local parents and laugh for a night!

Reem Hassaballa

Why HHS?

Not only have I always had a passion and heart for animals, I think it is a great way to give back to the community and utilize my professional skills in a positive and meaningful manner. 

Town: I live in Hinsdale, but was born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin (major Cheesehead here).

Pets: We are waiting for the appropriate time for our family to adopt an animal.

Volunteer since: Just this past year.

Volunteer jobs: At HHS, I am the Howl-o-ween Ball Design Co-Chair. I am also the Director of the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation (www.ourangelbayan.org), Chair of the International Committee at Monroe School, Monroe Care ("Blankets for Bayan" event), member of Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club (HJWC) and volunteer at Hinsdale Central.

Fun Fact: I am of Egyptian descent (and no, I do not "Walk Like an Egyptian" as everyone in high school would ask me).

Ashley Gill

Why HHS?

HHS advocates through education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and I support their mission wholeheartedly. As a volunteer, my heart fills with happiness as I see the dedication of each staff member that cares for every dog and cat and makes sure they are placed in proper homes to be cared for and loved unconditionally.

Town: Downers Grove

Pets: I don't have any pets at the moment, but we had a Beagle named Dakota who was the life of the party! She was the most loving, loyal and witty dog and we miss her deeply.

Volunteer since: 2015

Volunteer jobs: I am a yellow dog walker and I really enjoy providing exercise and companionship to the shelter dogs. I also assist with special events.

Fun Fact: I love staying busy so I volunteer my time on the Executive Board as Development Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago.

Liz Pechous

Why HHS?

I chose to volunteer at HHS because I love working with animals and I remember coming here when I was a Girl Scout.

Town: Elmhurst

Pets: Two cats. Their names are Cheddar and Merrily. My family adopted them when they were adults and they are the best of friends.

Volunteer since: Just this Spring, 2016

Volunteer jobs: Cat Socializer

Fun Fact: I am studying to become an Elementary Teacher.

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