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.

Diane Novak

Why HHS?

I love animals! When I retired I wanted to do volunteer work, so it was a natural fit. After almost eight years I can honestly say, my best days are when I can come in and help a dog or cat by working with them. We both de-stress! It is wonderful to see them get homes. HHS has such high standards and wonderful staff I'm proud to be a part of that.

Town:

Pets:

Volunteer since: 2007

Volunteer jobs: Green & Yellow Dog walker, Cat Socializer/Kitten Weigher, Mailing help, Hand-addressing envelopes, Help at Off-Site events, Greeter, and any little thing that might be needed.

Fun Fact: I used to be afraid of cats! But as an adult I had three cats over 32 years. Now my favorite job is weighing kittens.

Ginny Wesley

Why HHS?

To say I hold animals in high regard doesn't begin to cover it. I've enjoyed and have been fascinated by all animals as far back as I can remember; they're one of my favorite things about life. When I learned that HHS was searching for an in-house photographer for their website, I jumped at the chance to further my rescue involvement by helping to get the animals adopted via doing my best to capture them in their very best light every week, knowing that they only have one chance to make a first impression with their photos on the website. Not only am I allowed the opportunity to couple my enjoyment of photography with my love of animals, I also get the added bonus of working in a wonderful environment with people I look forward to seeing every week.

Town: Downers Grove

Pets: Grace, a 13 year old rescued Miniature Pincher and Sawyer, a 7-year old, long-haired Chihuahua puppy mill rescue.

Volunteer since: December 2013

Volunteer jobs: Weekly Website Photographer

Fun Fact: My husband Dan and I have been transporting rescued animals from high kill shelters for the last five plus years and have recently joined forces with ARC - Animal Rescue Corps.

Katie Callahan

Why HHS?

I volunteer at HHS because I am passionate about animals and it has always been my dream to work with them. I love being able to give back to my community and help other people and animals.

Town: Hinsdale

Pets: A cat named Stripe and a lab-husky mix named Heidi. Both were rescues! I also adopted a lab mix from HHS named Buster, who is no longer with us.

Volunteer since: 2009

Volunteer jobs: From 2009 to 2011, I helped socialize the shelter cats. Since 2014, I have been a weekend dog-walker. I am also involved with the HHS Junior Board.

Fun Fact: I am going to the University of Illinois to study to become a veterinarian. The ironic part is that I'm also allergic to cats and dogs!

Glenn Byorkman

Why HHS?

Since both of my cats were shelter cats, I feel it is important to help enable cats to be more readily adoptable by volunteering at HHS. When my last cat passed away, I brought in the remaining supplies and asked Kathy, the receptionist, if HHS could use them. She asked me if I would consider volunteering at HHS. I said yes, so here I am seven years later!

Town: Hinsdale

Pets: I have had two cats in the past. The last one lived to be 17.

Volunteer since: 2008

Volunteer jobs: Cat Socializing and HHS "unofficial" mailman.

Fun Fact: I have an adventuresome streak. I have done snow and water skiing, scuba diving, paragliding, and I took a trip behind the Iron Curtain in 1970.

Sharon Detro

Why HHS?

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.

Town: Bowlingbrook

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.

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