To utilize my therapy dogs to their fullest capacity and be a part of an Animal-Assisted Therapy (A.A.T.) program that the CARe program necessitates.
Pets: Pet breed is Coton de Tulear. Leila Mae is 7 and Bijou is 2. Both are trained Pet Therapy dogs.
Volunteer since: 2009
Volunteer jobs: CARe Program and R.E.A.D., as well as work on some fundraisers.
Fun Fact: My dogs are the "Royal Dog of Madagascar", and are clown-like in that they dance on their hind legs, have unique vocalizations and are very versatile.
Georgianna (Georgi) Wyszynski
I enjoy being with the animals and I like the feeling of giving back.
Pets: I have had cats and dogs in the past but now I come to get my "fix" at HHS.
Volunteer since: 2009
Volunteer jobs: Cat socializing, dog walking, events like Pet Walk, etc.
Fun Fact: I love to travel! I visit Colorado & Oregon a lot to see my adult children. I've been to Paris, China, Australia, Czechoslovakia and more. In April my husband and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise.
I began as a volunteer because I have a compassion for animals and wanted to do anything I could to make their lives better. Since being at HHS, I've come to strongly support their commitment to educating the public as to the proper care of pets, and making their inclusion in the family a positive experience.
Pets: I have two cats named Allie and Wylie.
Volunteer since: I have been volunteering since 2010.
Volunteer jobs: My main job is as a Red dog walker, but I work several special events a year and can do cat socializing as well.
Fun Fact: I was so inspired by the work HHS does, that I became a Dog Obedience instructor myself! I recently got certification in August.
Mary Jane Laws
Volunteering at HHS is something I have always wanted to do. I saw the notice on the website about volunteer training in early 2012, and attended it. Now I look at this as the best thing I could have done. I am now able to give back to the shelter and say "thank you" for the wonderful kittens they have provided to my husband and myself. I hope the love and caring I help provide to the needy cats and kittens is influential in their finding their forever homes. And weighing the kittens is such a joy - just holding them and hearing those loud purrs makes my day. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Town: Western Springs
Pets: Mollie and Tammie, both adopted from HHS.
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteer jobs: Cat socializing and kitten weighing.
Fun Fact: I love sports car racing.
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.
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.