Volunteer Appreciation Month
at the San Francisco SPCA
and we are celebrating our incredible volunteers!
October 15 - November 15, 2013
Whether it’s on campus or out in the community, we know that each and every one of you is extraordinary for the time, effort, and dedication you put in to supporting the mission and work of the San Francisco SPCA. This month is dedicated to all of you, the 1,382 volunteers who make it happen every day. Every Monday this month you will be receiving an email just like this one, highlighting some of the inspirational activities of your fellow volunteers from across the organization.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Mentor shadow visits are an integral part of the AAT training process. This shadow visit is the first time a new volunteer and pet are at a facility, interacting with clients and staff. It can be exciting and a bit intimidating out in the field and this is where the guidance and reassurance of Susan Ford and Dianne Bates really makes a difference to that new volunteer. They are there to lend a helping hand, offer advice and provide tips for the most successful visit possible. The AAT staff and our many volunteers thank you for providing this important service!
Community Cares Program
The sure-fire cure for the chaos that can happen in Community Cats on surgery days is to see Lisa Forslund walk through the door. Freshly trapped ferals in hand, Lisa sets to work not only processing the intake of her cats, but jumping right in to help intake, clean and set up the 30+ other cats there that morning. An experienced trapper, Lisa is first to help with trapping projects, help new trappers and caretakers, and all while keeping her day job. Recently, Lisa became part of the dedicated team of volunteers who socialize kittens while they await their place at Maddie’s, bringing her work full circle. From TNR to making the adoptable ones shine, Lisa is a true life saver, and a walking, talking example of Vision 2020.
 Fostering orphaned kittens is not as easy as one might think. They are tiny, fragile creatures who are often sickly and require medications and careful monitoring. Our kittens are lucky to have amazing foster parents to help them get through this rough start so they can go on to finding their forever homes. We want to thank all our kitten foster parents, especially Doris Chew and Kay Harnish-Ladd and John Ladd; two outstanding foster homes where the kittens can count on getting top notch care. Doris has been fostering for five years and Kay and John have been fostering for seventeen years. When we have kittens that are sick and need intensive care, they are among the first we’ll call to take care of them. Thank you, Doris, Kay and John!
Shelter Cat Program
  Sundays at Maddie’s Adoption Center feature a dedicated cat volunteer matchmaking team. Rhoda Reynolds and Jerry Zall, volunteers for one and three years respectively, are a dynamic duo of matchmaking, excellent customer service, and warm greeting to all who enter the Adopter Center. Rhoda is great at convincing adopters that two kittens are better than one and Jerry has made many successful matches of kittens and older cats. Joseph Mak, a volunteer for almost ten years, is also at the Adoption Center on Sundays and keeps everything running smoothly; he not only is a matchmaker but congenially stocks supplies, fixes toys (and almost everything else), and performs cat reiki. Thank you to these and all volunteers who match our cats with their new families!
Shelter Dog Program
Mark Brauer is a quiet Mentor. Each weekend from Friday afternoon until the last dog goes home Sunday Mark can be found in the adoption area, greeting clients, introducing dogs to adopters, managing dog introductions, and showcasing shy pups. In ten years volunteering, Mark has socialized puppies, trained challenging Target dogs, and taught hundreds of volunteers. In Adoption Matchmaking, he found the place where his commitment and skill came together. Hundreds of dogs in their homes right now were sent on their way by Mark. Mark is often the guide and model to new matchmakers on their first adoption shift. Staff members as well as volunteers look to Mark for his perspective on potential adoptions.
Mark’s favorite adoption story is the next one—the next dog to go home.
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