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 Volunteer spotlight: Valerie Leonard 

What started as high school community service has now turned into a long-term passion.  

From education to foster care, adoption to rehabilitation, Valerie knows the importance of it all. “I’ve had the rare opportunity to experience firsthand how PAWS not only betters the lives of all the animals who come through our doors, but to also understand the impact that we have on the community.”

Serving at both shelter volunteer and at outreach events, Valerie has the chance to work hands-on with the animals, and also meet great new people from the PAWS outreach tent.   At a recent event, Valerie braved the wind and rain to spread the word about PAWS. At the Sustainable Ballard Festival, Valerie and fellow volunteer Kexin chased down fly-away tents and papers, and still inspired people to learn more about PAWS. Not only that, but Valerie also stayed well beyond her shift to help make sure that everything was organized and ready to go before she left. Talk about dedication! 

Volunteering is very rewarding, but there is something really special about PAWS that makes it all worthwhile to Valerie. “Seeing animals find a good, loving home brings a smile to my face! I love it!” 

When Valerie isn’t helping to save lives as a volunteer at PAWS, she is a world traveler who “loves to sail and drink sangria, but not at the same time!”

 Valerie, you are a champion for animals!Thank you so much for your time and dedication to the animals at PAWS. 


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