Volunteers of the Month

Volunteers give our animals what they need the most – attention, care and love! These dedicated individuals come from all walks of life but share a deep commitment to helping homeless pets. Read below for a small glimpse into the work of our amazing volunteers.

March 2017 - Olive D.

Learn how this delightful volunteer ended up in Colorado with her dog, Lady Z, who adopted from Foothills Animal Shelter! Olive helps with offsite events, behavior support, doggercise and mentoring new volunteers.  We are so lucky to have her support. Thank you, Olive, for your four years of service to the Shelter! Congratulations on being selected as the March 2017 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I was one of the first groups of new volunteers in 2013. Although I signed up for several volunteer positions, I ended up doing doggercise on a regular basis.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

In addition to walking dogs in the morning, I also mentor new volunteer walkers, and when needed I help with behavior evaluations and have enjoyed doing offsite events.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

What a blessing the staff and other volunteers are. The atmosphere of the Shelter is that of warmth and friendliness. From day one everyone has always been so helpful. But the best part is seeing how loving and caring everyone is toward the animals. The special care taken to help a frightened dog or cat feel comfortable is so important. They go that extra step that means so much to an animal’s well-being.

Are you from Colorado – if not where?

I grew up around the Great Lakes and spent my early adulthood in New York City and Miami. I arrived to Denver in the spring of 1979. I thought I would move on in a couple of years, but as often happens, Colorado grabbed my heart and here I am to stay.

What did you do/did you do for a job/career?

I am delighted to say I am retired. My working years had me doing office work in New York, and graphic arts in Miami and Denver.  Lastly, I rounded my career off by doing international sales for a local pocket knife company. The fun part of that job was traveling and making new friends all over the world.

What pets do you have?  Tell us about them!

My dear Lady Z, the love of my life, came to me from the Shelter. We did a special 4th of July walk in my first volunteer summer and I joined the fun by choosing to walk a dog named Zap Dog. She decided that I was her new owner and made it known to me on that walk. We have been together ever since.

What are your hobbies or interests?  What do you like to do for fun?

Recently, I found CrossFit. It is wonderfully challenging physically, and thus mentally too. It is helping me get stronger physically so I can more easily handle the larger dogs. And, to challenge my intellect, I have discovered some college-level classes on DVDs that I am enjoying.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I can’t imagine not coming to the Shelter every week. It has become a very enjoyable part of my life. Recently I have been able to meet some of the new people and help them settle into their new doggercise position and I am very proud to show them the ropes and explain all the great things that the Shelter is doing. Thanks for letting me help!


 

February 2017 - Pam and Chuck D.

Learn how this dynamic duo gives their time to the Shelter’s dogs every week! From taking countless walks to training new volunteers, they always find a way to help! Collectively they have given almost 1,500 hours of their time to the Shelter over the last three years! Thank you, Pam and Chuck, for your dedication to dogs, your constant smiles and your willingness to help with whatever we need. Congratulations on being selected as the February 2017 Volunteers of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

We have volunteered for three years now.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

We both do doggercise, dog enrichment, boredom busters and dog mentoring for new volunteers.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

We love being outside, interacting with the wide variety of dogs and people at the shelter and feeling like we may have helped an animal get adopted.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

We grew up in Michigan but have been Colorado residents for 44 years.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

Chuck retired from working at Rocky Flats, Pam is retired too, but works part time for the City of Westminster.

Tell us about your family.

We have one daughter in Thornton, one son in El Paso and three grandchildren.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

We have one spoiled mixed breed Border Collie named Roxy, rescued from Longmont, who makes every day a little more worth living due to her intelligence and energy.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

We both like cooking, eating, walking, reading. We also like traveling back and forth to Las Cruces, NM, to visit our son and grandson.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

Walking dogs the last three years has helped keep us younger and happier and has given us an appreciation of all the work that goes into running a successful animal shelter. There are so many amazing and deserving volunteers, and the staff has always made us feel like we are all in this together.


 

January 2017 - Lynn E.

Learn how this passionate, caring professional spends many hours every week serving her time among three departments of the Shelter! Thank you, Lynn, for your patience with patrons, reliability and skills helping staff, and your endless love for Shelter animals. You always pitch in when more help is needed and we love seeing you around! Congratulations on being selected as the January 2017 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I started volunteering in June 2014 although I had to take several months off because of a recurring injury.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

Before this year, I worked exclusively in surgery in a few different roles. This year, I significantly increased my volunteer hours and my involvement with Foothills. I still do Surgery Check-Out, and added a role as a Dog Kennel Guide early this year. I then completed a Dog Behavior Internship with Steph B. and now also do Behavior Support.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I really like having the three different roles in three different departments and interacting with a lot of different staff.  I also like working with patrons and of course, I love working with the animals in different capacities. About ten years ago, as I began to look ahead to eventual retirement, I decided that I really wanted to work more with animals after having worked with humans very intensively and extensively in my profession. I spent about eight years volunteering in the clinic of a cat shelter and then came to Foothills. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the dedication, love and respect shared by the staff and volunteers for all of our Shelter animals. Since I love learning new things and place great value on serving and volunteering, I so appreciate the opportunities I have at Foothills.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I was born in California but have been in Colorado for 47 years.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I am a psychotherapist in private practice and have specialized in doing intensive, long-term work with clients who suffered severe trauma and abuse in childhood. Having done this work for over 40 years, I am ready to retire soon on the one hand, while on the other, it is hard to imagine not continuing to do it. It has been wonderfully challenging and fulfilling.

Tell us about your family.

My current family consists of three cats and myself, although I also live in a community that is quite close-knit.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

Kylee is my beautiful grey senior girl who Is now 12 and very sweet. Nelson is a gorgeous grey male who is 3 ½. He is a super social, mischievous guy who is also an ace cuddler. Teddy is a very cute orange tabby boy who is a VERY scared of new people and things.  When I adopted Teddy as a kitten, he was badly injured which has left him fearful. He is also an intense cuddler when all is quiet and calm. Nelson has cerebellar hypoplasia which causes him to lose his balance, but only slows him down a little. The four of us share a lot of love.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

My passion for animals has only grown over time and includes large marine animals. I have done four trips swimming with wild-ranging dolphins off the Bahamas, visited the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba and did a spectacular whale watching trip in Monterrey Bay, seeing blue whales, as well as many other types. I love nature and natural beauty, the mountains and ocean, and walking and hiking. I’m an avid reader, enjoy some types of movies, like Zumba and dancing, and activities in my community.  I also volunteer part-time for several other organizations.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

Retirement from my psychotherapy practice is on the horizon in 2017!


 

December 2016 - Lauryn and Scott K.

Learn how this father-daughter duo have provided a foster home for nearly 30 cats and kittens during the past year and four months.  Despite their busy lives as a student and engineer, plus their adventurous hobbies, they find the time to care for the Shelter animals that need a little extra help! Thank you so much, Lauryn and Scott, for giving your time and resources to so many animals in need.

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

We have been volunteering for the Shelter for about 1 year and 4 months.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

We do foster care for cats and kittens.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

We love taking in animals and seeing them thrive and blossom! We also really enjoy receiving the emails that our fosters have been adopted, especially when they go to homes together!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

Yes, we are from Colorado.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

My dad (Scott) does engineering, and I (Lauryn) am a student.

Tell us about your family.

Spencer is 15 and really likes to do parkour, rock climbing, photography, etc. He likes to hang out with our fosters as well. Sam is 17 and is really adventurous. He likes to make music, try new food, and snowboard. Lauryn’s mom is a yoga teacher and loves to run, hike, and explore.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

We currently don’t have any pets at my dad’s house, but at my mom’s we have two cats and a dog. Our cats are named Olive and Pearl and were both adopted from Foothills Animal Shelter. Olive is about 2 1/2 years, and is very outgoing. Pearl is about 3 years and is very shy but loves to cuddle with the people that she is familiar with. Our dog is named Luna and she is 2 short weeks away from turning 1 year old! She is a standard poodle and is very energetic. She loves to go to different dog parks and hike.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

We like to ski, hike, and cook.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

We found fostering through a mutual friend who had foster kittens. Twenty-nine fosters later, we have Anna and Elsa, who are about a week away from going up for adoption!


 

November 2016 - Candace W.

Learn how this volunteer of many talents dedicates herself to Foothills Animal Shelter every week by spending hours on the phone talking to hundreds of people with various requests. Thank you so much, Candace, for your compassion toward both people and animals and your consistent service over the past seven years!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I began volunteering in 2009.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

I answer phones primarily although I have trained for other positions, including Pet Taxi and event support.  I was a dog walker when I began with TMAC where we were able to walk the Clear Creek Trail, which is a picturesque and tranquil place for dogs and humans!

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

The comradery of the volunteers and the dedicated staff that make it all work!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I moved to Colorado in 1975 from Southern California.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I worked for a restaurant corporation for 14 years until the local restaurants closed, spent 14 years as a driver for FedEx and then ended my working career in non-profits organizations, Judi’s House and the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center.

Tell us about your family.

I have a son who lives and works in Littleton, and my daughter, son-in-law and my grandson live in Green Mountain about four miles from my Lakewood home.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I have one cat, Romy Naomi, she’s known as the devil cat. She’s an indoor girl and only likes me. I have my “fur” grandson three days a week. He is a German Shorthaired Pointer that was rescued from Foothills Animal Shelter, Baxter.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

I love to snow ski and ride my bike. I travel as much as possible and I am a crafter of greeting cards for friends and family.  I also watch my 19-month-old grandson a couple of days a week and that’s fun!

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I was left unemployed at the end of 2008 and truly thought I would not find another job.  I started volunteering at the Shelter and it gave me a sense of self-worth and confidence that I was still a viable human. I will always be indebted to the Shelter for that.


 

October 2016 - Julie B.

Learn how this family-oriented paralegal assists so many departments of Foothills Animal Shelter every week through her various volunteer roles. Thank you so much, Julie, for your dedication to the Shelter and its animals and your enthusiasm to help in new ways whenever you are asked. Your joy and patience are evident to all whom you work with. Congratulations on being selected as the October 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have volunteered at the shelter since May of 2014.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

I spend as much time as possible with the cats but I am trained for Dog Socialize, Cat Socialize, Cat Guide and Socialize, Donor Data Entry, Tour Guide, Happy to Healthy, Cat Mentor training and Vaccine Clinic Greeter. I think that’s it.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I like spending time with and getting to know some of the animals. I feel like they appreciate my time and attention and are grateful for it. I love it when an animal lets down its guard and lets me give it some love. I like the people too.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I am originally from northern New Mexico and was born and grew up in Los Alamos. I went to California for school and then moved to Colorado.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

The job/career that I have done in order to make money, is to be a paralegal.  I have worked at several law firms in Denver and specialize in large case, mostly, environmental litigation. I am still working but enjoy volunteering much more.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Noel, and I have been married for almost 25 years. We have two children, Corinne (23) and Russell (20). Corinne lives in Tucson, AZ and is a sometimes student at the U of A. Russell is a student at Red Rocks Community College and works as a landscaper. I like to think that my family is my real “career”.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I have two cats, Elvis and Zoey, a dog, Axel Rose, a rabbit, Thor, (she is really Russell’s but you know how that goes), and a Betta, Ernesto. I currently have the two best cats in the world, they are loving and beautiful and funny, simply, the BEST.  Axel is a two-year-old rescue puppy from Texas. He is a dachshund/Manchester Terrier mix and so fun and goofy and sweet (he’s my favorite but don’t tell the others that). Ernesto is a beautiful golden Betta with lots of curiosity.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

I like to travel and I hike with Axel. I garden and had a bumper crop of tomatoes and apples this year. I also sew (kitten socialization bags), and cross-stitch.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I am very grateful for the opportunities at the shelter because helping and being with the animals feeds my heart.


 

September 2016 - Christine L.

From assisting our Health Care Team every week to fostering piles of puppies and kittens, learn how this amazing volunteer chooses to spend her time helping Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you so much, Christine, for always stepping up to help when we are in need. Your dedication and compassion for animals is evident in all you do. Congratulations on being selected as the September 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

For almost 10 years, my house has had a revolving door for foster animals from Foothills Animal Shelter and Table Mountain Animal Center (TMAC). My estimate is that over 500 animals have crossed my threshold and currently six are playing in my basement. I began volunteering at TMAC in 1997 after my cat was diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to wait before I got another pet, but I knew I would need a fur fix until then. Volunteering was the perfect solution.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

In the beginning, I cleaned kennels and walked dogs, then four months later I took home my first litter of kittens. The first kitten I fostered I named “Stinky Butt” because he didn’t know how to clean himself. Each year since, I have had at least one stinky butt return to my house.

I no longer clean kennels or walk dogs. I’ve moved into the Surgery Suite. I began by helping the vet techs prepare animals for surgery and then assist after surgery – of course lots of cleaning is involved: kennels, laundry, floors, anesthesia tubes, and now my latest volunteer gig includes cleaning and packing surgical instruments. Life and death happens in that room and we have the most dedicated, skilled and compassionate group of people working under some very difficult, fast-paced and stressful situations. I’m proud to be among them.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

After returning to Colorado after several years away, there were a few new people working at the Shelter, and they created a positive, welcoming, structured culture and I felt like I had found a wonderful second home. I miss many of the people who have moved on (Jenn Strickland, we’ll all miss you!) and am always ready to make new friends with the next generation that come on board. It’s the teamwork and common goal that draws me to this place: I continue to grow and learn in the presence of remarkable people doing remarkable things every single day.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I work part-time at the University of Colorado as an Academic Adviser.

Tell us about your family.

My family has shifted over these past few years. I moved back to Colorado in 2007 to take care of my mother and since her passing, I became a foster failure with one of my litters and added a dog to my pack. He just turned one and it’s been an amazing year. He’s been with me since the day after he was born. I may not have mentioned but I love to foster mommies with their newborns.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

I used to spend all my time outdoors, playing sports, enjoying the mountains, getting sunburnt. Now that my knees have no more cartilage, my hip grinds with arthritis, and my shoulders ache from overuse, I try to take it easy. I read, bicycle, garden, hike gentle trails and take Blue, my dog, for a walk every evening.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I hope everyone has as much fun volunteering for Foothills Animal Shelter as I do!


 

August 2016 - Amy R.

Learn how this animal-loving book editor spends her time giving back to the cats, dogs and critters at Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you, Amy, for sharing your unique talents and experience with our Shelter animals. You help both the people and animals with your wonderful energy work. Congratulations on being selected as the July 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

Almost two and a half years. My first day was Valentine’s Day, 2014.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

I use energy medicine, including Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) and Reiki, to help relieve animals’ stress, heal from illness and injuries, and support their overall wellbeing. I come in on Fridays and usually work with three to six individual animals. But sometimes I also work with an entire roomful of animals, such as the dogs of D or E Row or the cats in Cat Receiving (Friskies).

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

Spending time around such a wide variety of animals and seeing how they respond to energy during my sessions with them. I’m also grateful to spend time with so many people who care for animals.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I’m originally from Minnesota, and I lived in New Hampshire and Arizona before moving to Colorado in 2011.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I’ve been a nonfiction book editor for more than twenty years; since 2005, I have been self-employed, editing books for different publishers around the country. I’ve also recently begun doing energy medicine for animals (and occasionally humans) professionally.

Tell us about your family.

My parents live in southern Minnesota. I have a younger brother in Jacksonville, Florida, and a younger sister and two nephew kitties in Minneapolis.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I have two feline energy-medicine associates: Luna (9 yo) and Wilhelm (10 yo), both hired/adopted from a humane society in central Arizona. Luna is a medium-haired tuxedo kitty, and Wilhelm is white with a gray tail and gray splotches. Both are loving, cuddly, quirky, willful, vocal, and smart.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

I love visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens. I also enjoy reading novels; doing yoga, Pilates, and Zumba; and taking gazillions of pictures of my cats.


 

July 2016 - Carol B.

From square dancing in retirement to spending time with family, learn how this cat-loving volunteer spends her free time at Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you so much, Carol, for your compassion for animals and dedication to the Shelter. We are grateful and lucky to have a volunteer like you! Congratulations on being selected as the July 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I joined the Foothills Animal Shelter volunteer team in February 2013 after a favorable and impressive tour one afternoon.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

Currently, I have taken the training for Cat Socialization, Cat Kennel Guide & Socialize, and Happy to Healthy Cat Socialization.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

It is so rewarding to see one of “my cats” adopted into a good, loving home. I enjoy the awesome staff, like the interaction with the public (certainly the children) and love the animals – particularly the cats, any breed, any size and any age!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

Yes, all of my family members are Colorado Natives!

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

My career was as the Accountant/Office Administrator/Staff Supervisor for a Medical-Dental Consulting firm where I was employed for 20 years. I have been retired from there since 1998 and have worked as an Accountant for two other firms on a part-time basis after that.

Tell us about your family.

My wonderful family consists of my daughter and son-in-law and their two children, my son and daughter-in-law and their two children, and my soon-to-be born first great-grandchild.  We are a very small family, but all reside in Colorado!

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

Ginger, a 6-year-old brown tabby, became my feline roommate in May of 2013 and Smokey, a mischievous 3 year-old cat, came to live with us in August of 2015. Both were adopted from Foothills Animal Shelter.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

You will find me on the dance floor two to three times a week. In fact, I just returned from the 65th Annual National Square Dance Convention in Des Moines, Iowa where I spent four days square dancing, a 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily activity when there.  If there is any “spare time” left, I maintain my home on Lookout Mountain, play cards and do lots of reading.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

The many friendly volunteers, the hard working, appreciative and dedicated staff, the amazingly clean facility and of course the wonderful cats keep me coming to Foothills Animal Shelter twice a week every week!


 

June 2016 - Toni B.

Learn how this active, family-oriented volunteer has given her time to Foothills Animal Shelter for over 13 years and still finds motivation to get involved every week. Thank you, Toni, for your years of compassion, dedication and generosity. You have made a lasting impact on the people and animals at the Shelter. Congratulations on being selected as the June 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter? 

Hard to believe it’s been 13 years!

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter? 

I presently volunteer in the areas of Doggercise, Dog Enrichment, Dog Photos, Dog Bed Construction, and Foster Care.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

Many people ask me how I am able to volunteer at an animal shelter because they think it would be too emotionally draining and difficult. I always reply that FAS is such an awesome organization and does such a tremendous job that it makes volunteering very rewarding. Granted, it can be difficult at times to see so many homeless pets enter the shelter doors, but I am confident in the abilities of the staff and volunteers at FAS to give every animal a chance.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I am originally from Omaha, NE but have lived in CO since 1989—longer here than in my home town!

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I have a Master’s Degree in Justice and I worked in various court management positions in Washington, DC, San Antonio, TX and Denver.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Rodger (25 years this year) and have 2 children—Taylor, 23 years old, and Jordan, 18 years old.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

We have 6 pets including 3 dogs, 2 cats and a snake—all rescued, of course! All the dogs are from TMAC/FAS and include Lilly, an Australian Shepard mix (12 yrs.), Emmie, a Poodle/Schnauzer mix (8 yrs.) and Siena, a Pit Bull mix (2 yrs.). Our two cats are Ramey (13 yrs.) and Mika (5 yrs.).  Our corn snake, Princess, is approximately 7 years old.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

In addition to volunteering with FAS, I enjoy fitness (especially running with my dogs and the shelter dogs!), hiking, camping, gardening and cooking.


 

May 2016 - Linda S.

Learn how this kitten-loving foster parent shares her home with Shelter animals in need. Thank you so much, Linda, for always caring for fragile animals who need your help. Your open arms have been a wonderful benefit to our Foster Care Program. Congratulations on being selected as the May 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have volunteered as a foster parent for just over 1 year.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

I foster mostly cats and kittens, but we’ve had a few dogs too.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

The people are so nice and I just love the kittens!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I am a Colorado Native.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I am currently a Merchandiser with Scott’s Miracle Grow.

Tell us about your family.

I have a son who is 20 and a daughter who is almost 15.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I have one cat at home, plus all of the foster animals.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy music, movies and crossword puzzles.


 

April 2016 - Jessie W.

Learn how this semi-retired nursing professional gives back to the community by volunteering at Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you, Jessie, for your dedication and compassion for helping animals in our surgery suite. Your loving care has comforted many dogs, cats and critters over the years! Congratulations on being selected as the April 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have volunteered for about four years at Foothills.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

I volunteer in the Health Care department preparing the animals for surgery and helping to recover them. I also help with whatever the vet techs need in that area.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I like volunteering at the Shelter because I get to interact with so many different animals. Also, I enjoy working with the staff and other volunteers. Everyone is friendly and helpful!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I am originally from Wisconsin. I have been in Colorado since 1971.

What did you do for a job/career?

My career was in nursing. I retired from the VA in 2007. I now work one day a week for a small home health agency.

Tell us about your family.

My family consists of a husband, daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

My husband and I adopted a Miniature Schnauzer the end of December. Annie is 9-years-old. She has made herself at home with us and we enjoy her company.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

In my spare time, I enjoy reading. I also like to travel. I used to do a lot of hiking, but not so much anymore. I enjoy yard work and just being in the great outdoors.


 

March 2016 - Mark C.

Learn how this busy veteran spends his time in between attending school and volunteering at Foothills Animal Shelter. From traveling to checking out exhibits around town to volunteering at multiple other organizations, Mark is truly a community-oriented team player! Thank you for your consistent dedication to feeding the Shelter dogs and helping in many ways at Foothills. Your commitment and enthusiasm for giving back is an inspiration to us all! Congratulations on being selected as the March 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have been volunteering at Foothills since December 2014.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

My current roles are Kibble Care, Doggercise, and the Real-Life Room when the time allows. I am also on the 2016 Volunteer Leadership Council.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

What I like the most is being around the dedication and love being put toward to a great cause.  Everyone from the staff, fellow volunteers and the patrons are so friendly and attentive. You can find the biggest hearts in the metro area at Foothills.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I am from northern Wisconsin but have lived in Colorado since 2012, slowly accruing years to qualify for one of those coveted native stickers I keep seeing. I have since dropped the Midwestern accent, but have not lost my love for all things cheese.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I joined the Marine Corps out of high school, traveled the world with them and have been focused on education since moving to Colorado. I attained a degree in psychology and am completing another in political science minoring in women’s and gender studies. I hope to continue my studies with graduate or law school.

Tell us about your family.

My dad, stepmom, and older brother live in Wisconsin, but I have a handful of aunts, uncles, and cousins here in Colorado who have been very supportive

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I don’t have any pets here with me, but my family has a handsome German Shepard in Wisconsin. He gets care packages and I have enjoyed seeing him dressed up for the holidays in between visits. I am looking forward to receiving some pictures of him with the Easter bunny ears and bow tie he sports around this time of year.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

I like going to art shows, museums and exhibits around town. I also enjoy reading, traveling, and have recently begun the hunt for the best burger in town. I would have to say that I like volunteering in the community the most. I currently volunteer with Susan G. Komen Colorado, Planned Parenthood, and veteran oriented groups Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I don’t run into many volunteers with the shifts I’m on currently, but I enjoy meeting and getting to know everyone.


 

February 2016 - Cassie B.

From taking her dog to parks to zip lining across the Royal Gorge, learn how this active and enthusiastic volunteer spends her time giving back at Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you so much, Cassie, for being dedicated and helping in a variety of volunteer roles. Your compassion for animals is apparent in all that you do! Congratulations on being selected as the February 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I’ve been a volunteer since October 2013.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

Every Friday I walk the Shelter dogs in the morning, assist with animal photos, and then complete my Surgery Packs shift in the afternoon. I also volunteer as a Surgery Assistant every other Tuesday.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I love how every day is a new day and you never know what is to be expected. I also love all the wonderful people who have a passion for what they do.

Are you from Colorado?

Colorado native all the way.

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I was recently hired at PayReel in Golden.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I have three pets, and two are from Foothills Animal Shelter/ Table Mountain Animal Center (TMAC). First there’s Glitter, my ten-year-old white/tabby cat, and she is one of the most relaxed cats ever. She was adopted from TMAC. Dakoda is our four-year-old Jack Russell mix; he was rescued at my dad’s work. My dad’s boss came into the office and asked if anyone wanted a puppy. My dad picked a little white puff ball with has raccoon-looking eyes. Last but not least, there’s my one-year-old Jack Daniel or JD. Last summer I was looking for a new friend, and during my animal photos shift, Ric, another volunteer, brought out “Caesar” and as soon as he tripped over his big feet, I was in love. I adopted JD and he’s the black lab mix in my photo.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

One of my favorite things to do is, go up Lookout Mountain with JD and have a relaxing walk. If we can’t make it to the mountains, we go to Chatfield State Park and play with the other dogs. I also really enjoy going to new places and doing different activities with my boyfriend. We do all sorts of things, like going to the zoo or zip lining across the Royal Gorge.

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I am currently attending Red Rocks Community College to get my Bachelors of Science degree. After that I plan on transferring to Colorado State to be a veterinarian for small and/or large animals. I am eager to learn new things and not shy to try anything new.


 

January 2016 - Bob K.

Learn how this busy, animal-loving, professional juggles his time between working, volunteering with several organizations and fostering young kittens and puppies for Foothills Animal Shelter! Thank you, Bob, for not only opening up your home to so many fragile animals, but also sharing your artistic talent by photographing the foster animals that you care for. Your passion and dedication to Shelter animals is clearly evident! Congratulations on being selected as the January 2016 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have been associated with the Shelter for quite a long time, way back to the Table Mountain Animal Center (TMAC) days! I first got involved when I adopted my dog, Erik, from TMAC. Adding Erik to my life was one of those events where your whole life takes an unexpected 90-degree turn. Through Erik, I learned so much about including a dog as part of your family and from that beginning, I started taking in an occasional foster and helping out at the Shelter through my photography.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

At the moment, I help to foster kittens and the occasional pup as needed! I also share my photography skills when possible.  Finally, I am always on the prowl for donations that can be shared with the Shelter, often dragging in a carload of goodies that we’ve collected from around the area!

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

Having been in the rescue/shelter world for several years now, I can tell you that the chance to make the kind of difference we all make in another soul’s life is an incredible feeling.  We know that every foster who enters the system has a rough story where their life took a not-so-positive turn.  To have the chance to introduce these animals to a loving home, perhaps to see them enjoy their first positive touch, that first moment where they feel safe…to experience that feeling over and over is, to me, an incredible gift that makes my own life that much better!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I was born in Germany, in a small town outside of Cologne (Koln) where I spent the first few years in a German orphanage.  Luckily, I was adopted by a military family and spent many years traveling the world as my dad was stationed in various Air Force bases.  Eventually, and very happily, he decided to retire in Colorado and the rest, as they say, is history.  I always joke that I really have a common connection with my fosters since I was sort of a foster myself!

What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I work for the City of Westminster as part of their Water Resources Department.  We are the folks who manage the entire raw water system of the City, making sure that our drinking water supplies make it from Clear Creek to the water treatment plant.

Tell us about your family.

Currently, the household includes myself and my three dogs and one cat! Much of my success with foster kittens really goes to my incredible cat, Harris, who helps to make each new foster kitten feel welcome!  He is an incredible cat and brings a sense of comfort and security, teaching the kittens where to eat, where the water bowl is located, litter box duties and will even play and snuggle with them!

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

The household includes Bear, my 18 year old Aussie/Sheltie mix; Bailey, my beagle mix; Cassidy Brigh, my wonderful three-legged poodle mix puppy and Harris, the WonderCat.  There is also a pretty constant parade of visiting dogs, fosters and friends!!

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun?

As you might guess, when I am not working at the full-time job, I can often be found behind a camera.  I have a little photography company that provides no-charge photo services for several non-profit organizations including Boulder Aids Project, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Westminster Butterfly Pavilion, ICRME, Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, Colorado Beagle Rescue and many others.  From time to time, I also shoot weddings and graduation photos to help fund this side business (and provide a little extra money to keep the household in treats and toys).

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

During the spring and summer, you can often find me racing between photoshoots on my much loved 300cc Vespa Scooter! The other thing that I forgot to mention is my Macro Photography Class, which we hold at the Westminster Butterfly Pavilion several times each year. My class was included in 5280 Magazine’s 75 Fun Things To Do This Winter! Quite a nice nod to the class and a great draw for the Butterfly Pavilion!


 

December 2015 - Carolyn S.

Learn why this water-loving, mystery book reading volunteer is dedicated to helping at Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you, Carolyn, for your commitment to the Shelter mission and willingness to give your time for over 6 years. Your love for animals is evident and your attention to detail is amazing. Congratulations on being selected as the December 2015 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I started at Table Mountain Animal Center (TMAC) in 2009.

What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the Shelter?

I have socialized cats and walked dogs over the years, but I currently help with offsite vaccine clinics and data entry for the administrative staff.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

The wonderful staff.  They are so dedicated, friendly and helpful.  And of course, being around the animals.  It’s a good day when I’ve been kissed by a dog or held a purring cat.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I’m a Colorado native and have lived here all my life, except for a year on the East Coast and a year on the West Coast.

What did you do for a job/career? 

I retired this summer, but spent over 30 years at IBM doing a variety of assignments including human resources, procurement and distribution.

Tell us about your family.

I have a wonderful husband and married daughter who has given me two beautiful grandchildren — Jordan is 3 years old and Austin is 5 months old.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them. 

We have two Shelties, Scamper and Bandit, and a rescued Siamese-mix cat named Maiya.  Maiya is the best alarm clock ever, if you like getting up at 4:00 a.m.

What are your hobbies or interests? What do you like to do for fun? 

I’ve always loved being around the water and we have a small boat we take out whenever we can.  I enjoy going to plays and also volunteer as an usher at the Arvada Center.  I like reading mystery books in my spare time and I love being a grandma!

Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

Everyone can make a difference in the life of a homeless animal…by donating, volunteering or adopting.


 

November 2015 - Lorrie A.

From skiing to painting to caring for baby kittens, learn how this multi-talented retired professional gives her time to Foothills Animal Shelter. Thank you, Lorrie, for your willingness to help in so many roles! Your dedication and positive attitude are a wonderful gift to the Shelter. Congratulations on being selected as the November 2015 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I was accepted into the volunteer program in September 2012, so it has been three years now.

What volunteer positions/duties do you perform at the Shelter?

During these three years, I’ve done a variety of duties including laundry, dog walking, cat socializing, cat bios and surgery check out.  Although, my favorite job is being a foster mom to baby kittens!

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

What I like most is that volunteering at the Shelter gives meaning and richness to my life.

Are you from Colorado?  If not, where?

I’ve gotten to experience living all over the United States from Utah to Connecticut and from Michigan down to Louisiana.  Without a doubt, Colorado is my favorite place.

What did you do for a career?

As a professional, I used my degree in Business and Accounting from Michigan State University to work in equipment and project financing.

Tell us about your family.

My immediate family includes my husband of 26 years and my crew of four cast-off kitties and one dog, and then there is the stream of foster kittens flowing through…

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

My four cats came to me from the streets and shelters of New Orleans and Houston.  My dog, O’Riley, joined the family in March 2014, when we met during dog enrichment at Foothills Animal Shelter!

What hobbies or interests do you have?

My passions in life (besides animals) are SKIING, perennial flower gardening, and painting people and places.  Did I mention skiing?!