Today, April 7th, kicks off National Volunteer Appreciation Week! At AAWL we have more than 450 volunteers that log 60,000 volunteer hours each year. These volunteers save AAWL more than 1 million dollars each year. We thank all of our volunteers for their work every day - and this week we’d like to highlight a handful of volunteers for their amazing dedication. To kick things off let’s talk about one of our most committed Cattery volunteers: Merlin M
Oh what can we say about our pal Dale K? He is just a hoot! Dale is kind, generous and always has smile to share. His laugh is contagious and when he’s around you can’t help but feel an extra pep in your step. Dale has been volunteering with us for a little over a year and has given 280+ hours of service! Over the last year he has walked miles and miles with pups in need, taken many, many dogs home on Gimme-A-Break, has been a huge help at some events and is a regular Retriever for our Wednesday Playgroups.
Real talk everyone, I’m a lover not a fighter! I am sooo over being judged because I have a big noggin, I got the floppy ears, and I keep myself fit. I will not apologize for the way I look: My friends at AAWL tell me I’m very handsome, and I know I am beautiful on the inside, too.
When your rural partners ask quietly for any food you can spare, you listen. Groups that operate on small budgets, and still do incredible work in their communities across the state. Rescues that have helped us save over 6,000 lives from our Rural Rescue network since 2016, Like our puppy Morgan. If they are asking, we know it’s serious. And now we ask for your help.
Chelsea, you know I love you, we’ve spent the last two years together at the shelter! I’ve brought you treats and new toys, we’ve hung out writing emails. I’m allergic to cats, and I take drugs so I don’t miss my time with you. We’re friends.
We have another dynamic duo of volunteers to spotlight this month: Ali G & Mary C! Ali has been with AAWL since 2016 and has given 325+ hours of service. Mary has been with us since 2015 and has given 850+ hours! These two give so much of themselves to our shelter dogs in so many ways including our weekly hikes, Playgroups, Mentoring, our Champion program and more!
Our Chandler Mall Adoption Center would surely be hurting without volunteers like Karen B. Karen has been volunteering at the Mall Adoption center ever since the glorious day we took that storefront over from a puppy mill pet shop in 2012 and has given nearly 1,000 hours of service since! Karen is an excellent caretaker for our animals and always ready to pitch in whenever we are in need. We can rest easy knowing that every Sunday, Karen will be there, not only taking care of our animals, but keeping an eye out for the Chandler Mall staff as well!
Joe and Vicki D – another Dynamic Dou to volunteer at AAWL! Have we mentioned how much we love when couples, friends, siblings, etc volunteer together? Well , we do! The husband and wife duo of Vicki and Joe are no different. They have dedicated their time to AAWL for going on three years, collectively giving over 1,300 hours of service.
We had an incredible 2018, thanks to you! Your support made us stronger together: We saved more lives, made more families, helped more youth campers, visited more schools, and spread the word of adoption and animal welfare across the state. Read our impact report, see the difference you made in your community, and get ready for an even better 2019!
Joyce is a truly wonderful human, not only at the shelter but in her regular work hours as well. She has dedicated her career to special needs children working as a teacher’s assistant. She also runs marathons and is a talented artist! Since 2013, Joyce has spent over 1,500 hours volunteering at AAWL (WOW!). Through thick and thin she has been a vital member of our Cattery team.