Jennifer loves dogs, and she loves to help. That’s why volunteering at PAWS just makes sense for this canine mother of two.
“What better way to perform community service, than to combine my love for dogs while doing something worthwhile for them and the community.”
Since 2010, Jennifer has volunteered at PAWS as both a Kennel Attendant and a Dog Walker. In the kennels, Jennifer helps make the dogs at PAWS as comfortable as possible during their stay by providing them with clean water, fun new toys, and lots of loving attention. Dog walking shifts are more than just a walk in the park, as Jennifer also teaches the dogs manners and tricks while socializing them to new people and situations.
Volunteers see many animals come in and out of PAWS, and while each one is special, Jennifer has a few dogs in particular that stand out in her mind the most. One of these was Moose, a Pitbull mix who came in with a smaller dog after their owner had passed away.
“The little dog got adopted right away but Moose did not,” says Jennifer. “Moose loved little dogs and would stare at them from the play yard.” But he also had a thing for people. “He was a real lover, sitting in your lap when you came in the kennel, putting his head in your lap. I was so happy when he got adopted.”
Since volunteering at PAWS, Jennifer has a much better understanding of the pet overpopulation issues.
“I knew we had a problem, that lots of animals were in the shelters, but the magnitude of it really hit home after volunteering for PAWS. To think that we are just one shelter, one of thousands across the nation? It’s pretty overwhelming.”
Jennifer continues to fight pet overpopulation by volunteering every week at PAWS, earning her at least one fan on the PAWS staff. Just ask Volunteer Manager Molly Reagan Axt.
“Jennifer is always there in a pinch. She’s a work horse. If you need something to get done, and Jennifer’s around, you know you don’t have to worry about it.”
Thank you Jennifer for donating your time and passion to help save the lives of animals at PAWS! We couldn’t do it without you.
Learn more about volunteering at PAWS.