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February 2020

Carmen Reneau

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

Meet the February Volunteer of the Month, Carmen Reneau.

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

Been volunteering at the shelter since July 2019.

Why did you decide to start volunteering with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter (FWACC)?

I have an absolute passion to help animals find their “furever homes,” and have been wanting to volunteer with animals for quite a while, but was unaware of the places that accept volunteers. Then my company, GM Financial sent out an email with various volunteer opportunities, and I saw, FW Animal Shelter as one of the options, and started jumping for joy. :) My company believes strongly in giving back to the community (which I love), and they pay for 8 hours of community service per quarter during regular work hours to do so.

How does volunteering impact your personal growth and the community?

Volunteering is good for the soul. I enjoy being a part of something great, and making a difference especially in the lives of our four legged friends. The City of Fort Worth is very organized and has the BEST community activities that involve volunteers. I am grateful not only for the opportunities given, but also all of the training and fun that we have while volunteering.

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

My favorite volunteer activity to help with is the adoption events. I love it when we can all pull together at different places throughout the community to help animals find their forever homes. I am a Talent Advisor for GM Financial and I tell everyone that I am passionate about helping people find jobs by day, and animals find forever homes by night. There is no greater satisfaction than pairing and animal with someone that can give it a loving home.

What qualities make a good volunteer?

A good volunteer is one that has a heart to make a difference in the community. One that is dependable and shows up whether they foster, donate or volunteer time! Everyone can make a difference!

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

I have learned so many things honestly. I appreciate the shelter & PetSmart locations for providing new volunteer orientation, as well as on-going training to keep us informed. I also appreciate that as a volunteer there is so much flexibility. We can came as often as we want, and do whatever we want (i.e. walk dogs, play with them, clean up, give water, toys, take pictures and my personal favorite is being an adoption ambassador where I can learn about the people wanting to adopt, and help pair them with the best pet for them).

Do you have any pets at home?

Yes, we have one cat, five dogs, five chickens and four turkeys; rescue is my favorite breed! :)

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

HAVE FUN! Ask a lot of questions, share with others that love animals so they can also join in on the fun, whether it is to foster, adopt, donate or volunteer. Fort Worth is so wonderful because they do not micromanage at all. They simply provide training, and thank us for any help we are willing to give. I can volunteer as little or as much as I want, and when I arrive, I get to choose what I want to do (i.e. set up for adoption events, walk animals, play, clean, assist with paperwork, share photos and helpful information on social media, help as an adoption ambassador, etc.)