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Volunteer of the Month: April 2018

Raquel Jacobo

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

Meet the April Volunteer of the Month, Raquel Jacobo.

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

I have volunteered for FWACC since April 2015.

Why did you decide to start volunteering with us?

I have always loved animals; my mom often refers to our house as a zoo. I want to become an Animal Control Officer when I graduate high school, so volunteering with FWACC helps me have a better understanding of the job.

What is your favorite activity to help with?

I love helping out at mobile adoption and community outreach events. I’m a big supporter on vaccinating pets and responsible pet ownership. I love working with Lydia and Kayla because they are passionate about these things too.

What is the strangest animal you’ve seen at the shelter?

So far I’ve seen a potbelly pig, and my mom told me I could not bring it home. I would adopt everything if I could!

What is your fondest memory from volunteering at the shelter?

I recently volunteered to help with a community outreach event, where I helped people get their pets vaccinated and microchipped for free. It made me happy to see a large group of responsible owners. Also, I got to love on all the puppies and hear stories about them from their owners.

Do you have any pets at home?

Yes, I have two cats adopted from FWACC and three rescue dogs.

What advice would you give to volunteers who have just started out?

To not only offer love and TLC to the shelter pets, but to help keep them healthy by picking up and cleaning up after them. When shelter pets are in a clean environment, it helps them stay happy and keeps them from getting sick, which helps them find their forever home.