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.

July 2017 - Trudy F.

Learn how this wonderful, dedicated volunteer spends her spare time caring for countless foster puppies at Foothills Animal Shelter! Trudy has been a reliable and hard-working volunteer for over five years, and we love seeing what foster she’ll take on next! Congratulations on being selected as the July 2017 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have been a volunteer at Foothills since July 2012.

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

I originally started as a Dog Enrichment Volunteer, then switched to solely fostering after about 6 months.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I have really enjoyed working with all the folks I’ve met at the shelter. They are always willing to help and are so friendly when I’m picking up a new foster or puppy supplies. Obviously, it is also very rewarding to work with the pups. They are fun and hard to return, but I get great satisfaction when I return puppies to the Shelter and they are adopted within 2 or 3 days of being returned.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I was raised in a small town in New Jersey near Princeton with my six brothers and sisters (three of each). Even though I’m based in Colorado now, it’s nice to have the option to travel to Michigan, Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Maryland and always have a place to stay with one of them.

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

I was an A/R Bookkeeper for over 30 years. I did that for three different employers, one in New Jersey and two in Colorado.

Tell us about your family.

My late husband and I had seven children between us, four boys and three girls. All of them were pretty much grown when we got married, so they left the house shortly after. Four of them live nearby in Colorado, one of the girls is in Arizona and another one is in California. Between all of them we have six grandchildren! Again, all grown and most are in school or working. Needless to say, the foster pups get a lot of socializing with all our visitors!

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I don’t have any pets currently and just enjoy taking fosters in between traveling.

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

When I’m not taking care of foster pups, I love to spend time in my garden, and I also enjoy traveling. When Scotty was around we did a lot of tent camping in Colorado. We also did a lot of traveling around the US. I still travel but now it is mostly to visit family and friends.

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

I haven’t had any foster failures yet, some of them almost made it but with not having pets of my own I am free to travel when I want to go somewhere. When friends ask how I can give them all back I tell them there are always more that will need foster love!


 

June 2017 - Susan S.

Learn how this wonderful, dedicated volunteer spends every week caring for the cats and training cat lovers at Foothills Animal Shelter!  Susan has been a reliable and hard-working volunteer for over five years, and we love seeing her each week! Congratulations on being selected as the June 2017 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have been a volunteer at the Shelter since August 2012.

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

Cat Socialization, Cat Guide, Mentor for Cat Socialization, Happy to Healthy Cat Socialization, HasMat (cat grooming & bathing), Pet Taxi, Foster Parent, Bottle Baby support to other Foster Parents working with kittens, Foster Home Visit Assistant, and Foster Admin Support where I notify other Foster Parents that their foster pets have been adopted.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I like to keep busy and the Shelter can be a great place to spend my time in a positive manner, and I get to meet many great people (both staff and volunteers) who have similar interests. But I have to admit that I come for the cats!

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

No, I’m not a native, but I’ve been here since 1977. Originally I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, then attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City before taking a job in Colorado.

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

I was a senior graphic designer for the National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL) and retired in February 2012 after working there for 35 years.

Tell us about your family.

I have three siblings, and they and their families live in Missouri, Georgia and Oklahoma.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

I have two male cats, both black and white — one short hair and one long hair. They are a little over 7-years-old and were adopted from Table Mountain Animal Center. One gets along pretty well with my foster kittens and foster cats; the other doesn’t want anything to do with them and mostly ignores them and gets out of their reach.

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

I love to garden and have xeriscaped my front yard over a number of years. I like to travel, especially to Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, and Europe. I keep in contact with some of the people I worked with and often have breakfast and lunch get-togethers. I also like to tie cat blankets and make toys for the Shelter, especially in the winter when I can’t garden.

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

I am a kitten geek (it used to be call being a cat lady). I like to do online research to help myself be a better Foster Parent and to look for new products to add to my supplies. I have fostered 138 cats & kittens (4 adult cats for recovery, 8 momma cats, and 126 kittens) for the Shelter. I really enjoy the Bottle Babies, the medical recovery kittens, and the socialization kittens – especially because I have the time since retirement and know a lot of volunteers are still working and don’t have that time. So far I have not had a foster failure, but have come very close a number of times.


 

May 2017 - Callie P.

Learn how this selfless volunteer gives her weekends to the Shelter, in order to assist with Foothills Animal Shelter’s spay/neuter surgeries as well as the weekly vaccine clinics. Callie brings a positive, joyful presence to the volunteer team and has been quick to jump in to help with whatever is needed! Congratulations on being selected as May 2017 Volunteer of the Month!

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

It will be a year in June; since just after I moved here.

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

Surgery Assistant, Vaccine Clinic Assistant

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

I enjoy helping others, and animals are my passion.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania last May.

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

I’m a certified pharmacy technician at a local hospital.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

My best friend and love of my life is my (almost) eight-year-old boxer, Mazzey.

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

Hiking, reading, or binge-watching shows with Mazzey.

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

I was raised on a farm, and have loved animals my entire life.  I became involved in shelter work while in college, and hope to pursue a MPA with a concentration in non-profit business management, so that one day I may help shelters in a larger capacity.


 

April 2017 - Ann C.

Learn how this fabulous volunteer spends time every week feeding the dogs at Foothills Animal Shelter and putting together surgical packs for the Health Care team. Ann has been a reliable and hard-working volunteer for almost three years, and we love seeing her each week! Congratulations on being selected as the April 2017 Volunteer of the Month! Click here to learn more.

How long have you volunteered for the Shelter?

I have volunteered at Foothills Animal Shelter for almost three years.

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

I serve weekly doing Kibble Care (feeding dogs) and Surgery Packs.

What do you like most about volunteering for the Shelter?

Working with the dogs who are always happy to see Warren D. (another volunteer) and me at dinner time on Tuesday. I also enjoy talking with the amazing staff.

Are you from Colorado—if not where?

I was born and raised in Denver.

Tell us about your family.

My husband Gary is an engineer and we have two daughters in college.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

We have two dogs—Lucy is a Pointer mix and Chloe is a Spaniel mix.


 

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.