I have so much fun socializing the adorable puppies that come into the Hinsdale Humane Society, but I also love to know that I'm helping them become more adoptable for families who are looking to bring a new member into their family.
Town: Burr Ridge
Pets: A rescue dog named Dante
Volunteer since: May 2015
Volunteer jobs: Puppy socializer, HHS Junior Board Volunteer Coordinator and member
Fun Fact: I love to play lacrosse and tennis.
I support the HHS mission of finding forever homes for the animals that they take in, and appreciate the care that they take in placing the dogs and cats in homes where they will be loved and thrive. As a volunteer, I love experiencing the unique personalities of each dog, and the love that they give you when you show them simple kindness.
Pets: None right now, but we had a Norwegian Elkhound mix named Kayla, whom we adopted from Hinsdale Humane Society in 2007. She was the perfect dog for us, and we still miss her dearly!
Volunteer since: Spring, 2015
Volunteer jobs: I am a “yellow” dog walker. I volunteer every Tuesday afternoon to take a few of the dogs out for exercise, some one-on-one attention, and a little quiet time away from the stress of the kennels and other dogs.
Fun Fact: I am also a Girl Scout Troop leader for an Ambassador troop at Hinsdale Central.
In November of 2013, my family lost our 2 1/2 year old Newfie puppy Rufus to a disease he was born with. I was searching for a way to heal from this unexpected loss. I missed the company and presence in my home, but was nowhere near ready for another pooch. Surrounding myself with kind, empathetic & animal loving people seemed like a good start, so I attended an orientation at HHS to be a dog walker. It seems that the dog walking and being a part of the HHS team was a perfect transition to healing and becoming a dog owner once more. We brought Desmond, a Mastiff Hound mix, home the 4th of August. Daisy, a 9-week old Newfoundland, was our biggest surprise. She joined our ecstatic family on the 18th, just 2 weeks later. We were sad to learn that Desmond did not get along with our cats. Luckily, my sister had fallen head over heels in love with him, and joyfully embraced him as her own. He now lives in his new forever home, which is not far away. We get to see him all the time! All I can say is HHS did something for me I will never forget. Not only did they rescue our Desmond on the Mississippi Blues mission from an uncertain fate, but they have also brought a Newfie back into our lives. Rufus would approve.
Town: Western Springs
Pets: 1 fish (Fishy McBites), 1 Plecostomus Catfish (Pablo), 2 Tabby rescue cats from HHS (5 year olds Catso & Cayman), and Daisy, a 12-week old Newfoundland puppy
Volunteer since: April 17, 2014
Volunteer jobs: Green & Yellow Dog Walker, Foster Home Care Family, Cat Socializer and Off-Site Volunteer
Fun Fact: Being concerned for the now endangered Monarch Butterfly, I created a Monarch Way Station this Summer. I have successfully "hatched" and released 18 butterflies out of 25 caterpillars into my garden. The survival rate in the wild is a mere 1% so this number is quite a successful first attempt. The whole experience has left my kids in awe of how cool and magnificent nature can be.
For me it has never seemed like work and I'm a big time animal lover, so in my eyes, it's a great way to spend my time each week.
Pets: Shadow, a sweetheart Dane we adopted from HHS last year; Casper, a golden/lab mix who is going strong on 13; and Lysander, (formerly Junior) a cat we adopted from HHS about 2 years ago.
Volunteer since: July 2012
Volunteer jobs: I'm lucky enough to have been a cat socializer since I was 13 with my mom, a kitten weigher during one of the kitten seasons, also with my mom, and am now a green dog walker.
Fun Fact: For the past several years, I've spent the holidays at the shelter for a few hours to be with the animals.
HHS is such a wonderful organization that helps so many animals and families. It is inspiring to see the compassion and love that the staff gives to each animal and the care that is taken to match these wonderful animals with their new family.
Pets: Fergie the Daschund
Volunteer since: 2013
Volunteer jobs: HHS Ambassador, Black Cat Ball Event Chair, Fetching Affair Event Chair
Fun Fact: I've had a rescue dog as my pet my entire life! Fergie has been a lifesaver for my family of 4 small boys - literally! She warned me that my oldest son was choking. She flew up the staircase barking her head off and grabbed my pant leg with her teeth, dragging me to the top of the stairs. I saw John at the bottom of the stairs turning blue. He was choking, and had Fergi not come and alerted me, I'm not sure I would have gotten to him in time. I was able to run down and give him the Heimlich.