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Volunteer of the Month: Oct. 2017

Franci Caldwell

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, Franci Caldwell.

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

I started in January of this year. PetSmart Alliance was the first place.

Why did you decide to start volunteering with us?

I volunteer for a few organizations. I was going pretty regularly to one at a satellite location and loved it, but in December the dynamics changed there, so I went to the main location for a while, but just didn’t like some of the things that went on. I had been looking at the FWACC website and decided to put in the application and check it out.

What is your favorite volunteer activity to help with?

That’s easy, I LOVE volunteering in the Vet Clinic! Sometimes it gets pretty fast paced, but that’s what I like. I stay busy every minute that I am there and, more often that not, end up staying later than I had planned. The Doc and the Techs are great! They are so caring with every animal that comes in and willing to share their knowledge when I am asking questions.

What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?

During Clear the Shelter, I helped find newly-adopted pets once the paperwork had been completed. The last adopted pet was a 12 year old Shepard. I love the Seniors and was so happy to see that he was going home.

What is something you have learned from volunteering at the shelter that you wish everyone knew?

Seeing some animals come into the Vet Clinic injured or to see one stop breathing, I decided to take an animal CPR and First Aid course.

What do you do for fun when you’re not volunteering?

I love spending time with my husband and two dogs. I also quilt, embroidery, crochet and am learning to do Temari (an ancient Japanese art). I also enjoy reading, working in the yard and riding the Harley with my husband.