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!
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.
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.