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This is the 2nd out of 4 weekly pages that highlight some of the inspirational activities of volunteers from across the organization. Whether it’s on campus or out in the community, we know that each and every one of them is extraordinary for the time, effort, and dedication they put in to supporting the mission and work of the San Francisco SPCA. This month is dedicated to all of the 1,382 volunteers who make it happen every day.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Aine O’Connell and Mike Oberhaus
College campus visits, new facilities, filling-in last minute, shadow visits and more -- Aine and Mike do it all! We can’t tell you how many times we’ve called on them to participate in easing student stress during exam weeks at school campuses; asking to help sub visits with only a one-day notice; help interested volunteers with observation shadow visits; and even take some trial runs at new facilities. Thank you for being two of our “go-to” teams!
Community Cares Program
Dale is a fixture at our mobile veterinary clinics, in the role of Captain Check In, training new recruits and keeping the check in process running smoothly. Dale turned his natural ability to see order among chaos and helped re-vamp our client paperwork process, creating a smoother, more user-friendly system. Dale is also active in the Community Cats Program, starting with one feral cat in his neighborhood, and quickly becoming a neighborhood advocate, assisting his community with all things Trap Neuter Return. Dale has done this all while still maintaining his role as a mentor with the Shelter Med cat volunteers , and while in school to pursue his RVT certification. Speaking of which – we’re looking forward to adding another title to Dale’s volunteer resume – veterinary assistant at our mobile clinics!
Mary Godfrey and Manuel Gallegos
Joe Fierst and Stephen Hochheiser
Our partnership with the Stockton shelter has meant taking in many more nursing moms with kittens; and our foster parents have taken them into their homes without hesitation. Two families in particular have been taking in nursing moms for years. Mary Godfrey and Manuel Gallegos have even used two rooms in their home so they could foster two furry families simultaneously! Joe Fierst and Stephen Hochheiser also take in moms and kittens, and specialize in the ones who are sickly and in need of special care. Joe has also been responsible for putting together the Foster Calendar all these years; creating a beautiful fundraising project for the foster program. We can’t thank Mary, Manuel, Joe and Stephen and ALL our foster parents enough for all their dedication and support!
Shelter Cat Program
Candace is an amazing volunteer who demonstrates the core values of the SF SPCA. Candace is an essential part of the SPORE team and takes her job as a SPORE volunteer very seriously. She dedicates her time and organizational skills to help develop this life saving program. Not only is she here every Monday and Thursday for SPORE, but she goes above and beyond by helping with the administrative aspects of scheduling of volunteers and helping keep track of all of our ringworm critters. She is a constant support for staff and the SPORE volunteers. We would not be as successful in this program if it was not for her care and love for the SF SPCA and its animals. We appreciate her greatly and are truly thankful to have her as part of this program.
Shelter Dog Program
Janet Calhoun, Henry Milich, and Harriet Rafter
They’re the breakfast brigade. These committed volunteers understand it is less stressful when a shelter dog starts the day right with a good meal. Sunday food-prep champion Harriet Rafter and Thursday team Janet Calhoun and Henry Milich are as consistent they come, hitting their shifts regularly or helping to find a replacement. They ask, encourage, and cajole other volunteers to help with feeding. They hand feed the shy sensitive doggy souls.
Janet is a target-level volunteer (6+years), Harriet (4+years) volunteered hundreds of hours before taking up the can opener, and Henry (2+years) is an enthusiastic puppy-team member. They sacrifice some of their dog time for spoon and bowl socialization. The dogs love all volunteers, but they get an extra glint in their eyes when they see the food prep stars.