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.

Ann Marie Casper

Why HHS?

Since the only dogs I have ever had in my life were toy poodles, when we finally decided on Lilly (an Old English Sheepdog) I knew that training was a must. We trained with a wonderful local group and most of the dogs were being trained to be service dogs. I thought we should be able to be helpful to others in some way too, and after having spent many hours visiting elderly family members in nursing facilities, I knew that Lilly and I should become a therapy team. Once Lilly and had completed the necessary steps with Pet Partners to become a therapy team, we joined up with the Hinsdale Humane Society since they have such an extensive outreach program in place.

Town: Hinsdale

Pets: We have Lilly, the Old English Sheepdog, and two cats, Rocky who we adopted from Anti Cruelty in Chicago as a kitten who is now 15 and Lucy who is 14 and was also adopted from the Hinsdale Humane Society also as a kitten.

Volunteer since: 2014

Volunteer jobs: Pet a Pet and CARe programs; special events for Pet Partner Teams

Fun Fact: When Lilly and I aren't "working" I enjoy traveling, playing tennis and gardening.

Brittany Tisza

Why HHS?

I found my dog, Zamboni at HHS and wanted to give back.

Town: Lemont

Pets: Zamboni, a boxer mix

Volunteer jobs: Photographer & Ambassador

Fun Fact: My husband and I are expecting our first baby in April!

Linda Merrifield

Why HHS?

I love HHS's passion to teach the public about animal welfare and advocacy.

Town: Downers Grove

Pets: Zeke - Cattle Dog Mix (7); Perdita - Border Collie Mix (4); Bouchie - Long Haired Orange Tabby (11)

Volunteer since: 2017

Volunteer jobs: Cat Socializer, Special Events, Closing Procedures

Fun Fact: My dog Perdita was adopted from HHS, she lived with 30 other dogs in the Tennessee Woods, and my sister Sara adopted Sonja from HHS, one of the 30 dogs as well!

Mary Beth & Maggie; Mary Beth & Bailey

Why HHS?

When we adopted Riley and I saw his loving personality, I knew he had to be a therapy dog. The Pet a Pet program was perfect for him because each team works alone.

Town: Downers Grove

Pets: Riley, Timmy, Maggie, Jesse James and Bailey, all Golden Retrievers. Riley taught me how much dogs can love. Timmy taught me how much dogs can learn; he, and every dog of ours after him, trained with Pet Partners.

Volunteer since: 2002

Volunteer jobs: Pet a Pet and READ with Maggie; READ with Bailey, special events for Pet Partner Teams

Fun Fact: My great-uncle brought the recipe for Irish coffee to America!

Judi & Kip

Why HHS?

I knew Hinsdale Humane Society had a very active therapy program and did great work. Kip and I wanted to be a part of that.

Town: Clarendon Hills

Pets: I currently have Kip, a male Papillon, Kip was picked up on the street by animal control and was in 3 different foster homes within about a 3 month period. Some friends of mine knew the person who was fostering him last. They contacted me and said I should adopt him because he was so much like my Cocker Spaniel, Kayley. Kip and Kayley instantly took to each other, so Kip came home with me in April 2006.

Volunteer since: May, 2017

Volunteer jobs: READ program; special events for Pet Partner Teams

Fun Fact: One of Kip's favorite activities is to search for and find things I have hidden.

Charlotte Keane & Sláinte

Why HHS?

Years ago my father was terminally ill and hospitalized, and missed his dog so much. At that time we could not bring his dog to the hospital to see him, nor were there any pet therapy programs. So, in memory of my dad, I started volunteering with our first dog after becoming a registered Pet Partners therapy team.

Between Sue Aikman at the Bellyrub Klub and Lori Halligan from HHS, we were recruited into the HHS pet therapy program for community outreach and have enjoyed our visits to area libraries and at events helping to promote HHS.

Town: Elmhurst

Pets: Sláinte is our vision-impaired, 8 year old, female American cocker spaniel.

Volunteer since: 2011

Volunteer jobs: READ, Pet Therapy Ambassadors at special events.

Fun Fact: One of Sláinte’s favorite tricks is to show how excited she is to read by opening her favorite book for her reading friends. She also enjoys playing the piano.

Georgann Grecco

Why HHS?

​The Hinsdale Humane Society ​is such a gem! The facility is so clean, and spacious for the animals. Everyone who works and volunteers at HHS is kind, compassionate and friendly. HHS does an amazing job of providing Hinsdale and the surrounding communities with the opportunity to rescue animals and learn more about animal welfare and care. I love being at the front desk, because I get to hear the stories of so many who have found a best fur-friend from us!

Town: Western Springs

Pets: ​ Chauncey, 2 year old Frenchie, HHS Alum​

Volunteer since: 2008

Volunteer jobs: ​ Reception and singing at the Pet Walk

Fun Fact: ​I was in an a cappella group in college called The Rip Chords.

Walker Rediehs

Why HHS?

I LOVE animals, all kinds, and I have a huge place in my heart for rescue animals. All animals I have ever owned have been from a shelter. Since junior high I have been bringing home stray/unwanted animals against my parents' wishes, and today, it is my husband and children who have to put up with it! Just this past weekend we had 5 dogs staying with us...the more, the merrier! Hinsdale Humane Society is a great organization doing great things for our community and beyond. I am happy they let me be a part of it!

Town: Hinsdale

Pets: A rescue...a Benji-look-alike named Darvi, a rescue Maltese show dog named Felicia, and a fish named Finn.

Volunteer since: 2015

Volunteer jobs: I help put together the Silent Auction for the amazingly fun event, Howl-O-Ween Ball!

Fun Fact: I am from Mississippi! And contrary to what I look like when you see me around town, I work in the Fashion industry ;)

Caroline & Susan Reife

Why HHS?

My daughter and I share a love for all animals, so when she decided she wanted to foster kittens, we went to HHS. Since she wasn't quite old enough at that time, I started as a dog walker and really enjoyed it. Then when my daughter turned twelve, we started cat socializing and fostering kittens. We love being around the animals and giving them lots of TLC! It is heart-warming to witness the dedication of all the people working at the HHS.

Town: Hinsdale

Pets: We share our home with 2 black labs, Minnie & Mazie, our HHS (fostered) and adopted cat, Ivy, and our parakeet, Baby Blu.

Volunteer since: Susan, 8/2013, Caroline, 2/2103

Volunteer jobs: Cat socializers & (mom) dog walker

Fun Fact: Susan a birder & have worked with injured birds of prey. Caroline enjoys playing tennis and baking, and every year at Christmas time we make gingerbread houses from scratch.

Jan Forster & Grover

Why HHS?

I knew I wanted to get my Golden Retriever, Grover, into a therapy program. I chose HHS because it is close to home, well established and Deborah was nice enough to return my call and give me the info Grover and I needed to get started. Grover and I are honored to represent HHS.

Town: Westmont

Pets: We have 3 dogs. Grover 8 year old Golden Retriever, Jazz 10 year old rescue (she is many different breeds-a Heinz 57), and Jade a 5 year old black lab mix also a rescue (my daughter rescued Jazz from an abusive situation). We were lucky enough to get Grover from the son of a friend of ours who had to give him up because his fiancée was allergic.

Volunteer since: Spring 2015

Volunteer jobs: Pet a Pet, CARe, Pet Therapy Ambassadors at special events

Fun Fact: Grover is not a barker except when there are dogs on TV. Not sure why, but he barks at all of them - even the stuffed ones! In our short time with pet therapy we have had many offers to take Grover home or stay with the patients all day! I get just as much pleasure visiting as Grover does.

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