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Volunteer of the Month: October 2016


Every month, Animal Care & Control features a volunteer who's making a difference for the animals at the shelter.

Meet the October Volunteer of the Month, Wynne.

How long have you volunteered with the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter?

I’ve been volunteering at the shelter since September 2014.

Why did you decide to start volunteering with us?

I’d like to pursue a career in zoology, as animals have always been an interest of mine. A friend who knew of my passion mentioned the volunteer program to me, and I was immediately on board! I love working with the animals and the people at the shelter. Everybody is so kind, and I have learned so much!

What is your favorite volunteer activity to help out with?

I don’t really have a favorite activity to help with because I do a little bit of everything and love everything! Some of the things I do include adoptions, cleaning, preparing kennels, laundry, dishwashing, animal TLC, and just anything that anyone needs. I do really enjoy the adoptions and spending one on one TLC time with the pets.

What is the strangest animal you have seen at the shelter?

I have seen many strange things come into the shelter including a squirrel that was annoying the people whose yard it was inhabiting, pet rats, a potbelly pig, an attacking bird, and a giant iguana!

What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?

By far my fondest memories are all of them! But I do have one in particular. I was adopting two dogs out to a really wonderful family. They had fallen in love with one, and then said “this one needs a friend!” and fell in love with another. However, upon closer examination of the dogs paperwork, I discovered both were heartworm positive which is a heart and lung condition, which is hard to treat and expensive to treat. Upon hearing this, the father of the family squared his shoulders and said “pets are family and you do anything for family. of course we will still take them, and we’ll give them the best home they can get”. This touched my heart in so many ways. Of course all of my memories at the shelter are great, but that one’s the winner!

Do you have any pets at home?

I have one dog at home. She is a black and tan mutt (we don’t really know of what) and she’s about 2-2.5 feet from her head to her paws. Her name is Comet, because we got her at Christmas, and she’s really fast. I’ve trained her to listen very well to me so I can take her to the park, release her, and the runs laps, which she loves. She’s super sweet and mischievous. I love her so much!

Thank for the wonderful work you’ve done, Wynne!