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January 2019

Jenifer McGee

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

Meet the January Volunteer of the Month, Jenifer McGee.

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

Not very long, 3 1/2 months.

What is your favorite volunteer activity to help with and why?

I love to help with adoptions, I get excited when there is a perfect match during the adoption process. I’m glad to see the adoption take place and for the pet to get a new home. I love visiting with people and determining who their perfect match for a pet!

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with the animal shelter?

I love the animals of course, being able to interact with them, but I also enjoy the people that work at the adoption center, they are all so very friendly and welcoming, that was the first thing I noticed, was how friendly everyone was.

Do you have pets at home?

Yes! I have Cat named Smokey Joe, who is eight years old. Two dogs- a Pomeranian named “Hansel”, he is five years old, and a wired hair schnauzer mix name “Jake Lee” he is fourteen, Jake Lee was adopted in June from the Humane Society and heart worm positive. I am currently fostering from the shelter a Pit bull terrier mix named Busta, he is six years old.

What is the best thing that happened to you in September?

Lots of great things! I began volunteering at FWACC, my dog Jake Lee went through heart worm treatment and was deemed heart worm free this month and I also began fostering- Busta. September, what a great month, can’t wait to see what January brings!

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

As lead I try to take newbies (especially if they’re young and have never volunteered at a shelter) and do things together with them. This place can be overwhelming, emotionally and physically, and can feel like what we do doesn’t make a difference. I remind them that every minute they are here makes a difference.

What do I do for fun?

Challenge yourself, don’t limit yourself to doing certain volunteer tasks that you feel comfortable doing, move outside that circle of comfortable and try something new, you will learn so much and be well rounded in doing so.