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Welcome to Week 3 of Volunteer Appreciation Month at the SF SPCA. This is the 3rd 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 our volunteers 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 the 1,382 volunteers who make it happen every day.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Ardis Roseberry and John Glickman
In the Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program, Ardis and John are two of our superstars! Both make weekly visits to help children struggling with basic literacy acquisition cultivate a love of reading. John even drives all the way from Sonoma! Ardis and John also support PDT by helping at events, doing program promotion, offering constructive feedback, and always bringing a positive, encouraging smile (along with a standard poodle!) to their volunteer work. Thank you both for making PDT ever better!
Community Cares Program
Mary plays the role (and wonderfully!) of line coordinator at our mobile veterinary clinics. Her attention to detail and natural ability to work with a crowd makes her the perfect fit for the sometimes chaotic role of directing waiting clients and their sometimes restless dogs to the awaiting veterinary team. Our days in the field can be hot and sunny or cold and rainy, and no matter the weather, Mary makes sure the community we’re there to serve is all smiles, all day long. We can’t imagine a clinic day without her, and hope to never have to.
Jane Lee and Hannah Suh
Puppies...they’re cute, they’re rambunctious, they’re covered in poop! But that doesn’t faze our puppy foster parents. They know they’re taking in puppies that might be euthanized elsewhere and this is all a part of saving lives. That’s why we love our puppy foster parents! In particular, we want to recognize Jane Lee and Hannah Suh. Jane has taken in nursing moms and puppies and orphaned puppies for almost two years now. She gives the moms a quiet place to take care of their puppies, which is so important! Hannah Suh just started this year but has been fostering puppies every chance she gets and does a fantastic job. We are so grateful to Jane and Hannah for taking in so many puppies, and we know the puppies really appreciate the hard work of all the puppy parents!
Shelter Cat Program
Christelle Kaech and Carol Singh
Shelter cats need volunteer attention long before they are ready for adoption. Luckily, wonderful cat volunteers like Carol Singh spend time with cats in the Leanne Roberts Center. Carol, a long-time AAT volunteer who has worked with the shelter cats since June, socializes cats and kittens as part of the Purr Posse and SPORE teams. Another volunteer caring for the cats pre-adoption is Christelle Kaech. Christelle feeds the cats and kittens of Maddie’s Adoption Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She is always happy to help and often stays for hours after feeding all of the cats to help send cats to new homes. Thank you to these and all volunteers who work with our cats and kittens before they are ready to go home!
Shelter Dog Program
Carlie Seelig and Margy Shea
When a pet guardian wiggles like a puppy because their dog learns to sit pretty or when a young pup excitedly sprints to the middle of playgroup for the first time, it makes Margy Shea and Carlie Seelig smile. The volunteers who assist trainers with the public dog classes provide crowd control, calm and quiet dogs so focus stays on learning, and offer extra coaching so that all dogs—and humans—keep up.
Nine-year veteran Margy is also a puppy-team mentor and teacher. Carlie—with hundreds of volunteer hours in just six months—is a mentor and committed Target-Dog volunteer. They are Adoption Matchmakers, experiencing the thrill of sending dogs home. As public-class assistants they provide opportunities for new families to learn and play together, guaranteeing happy homes.