Departments > Code Compliance > Animal Care & Control > Volunteer

March 2020

Penny Jones

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

Meet the March Volunteer of the Month, Penny Jones.

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

Been volunteering at the shelter since January 2019.

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with Fort Worth Animal Shelter?

Seeing the face light up on one of the dogs that I interact with when they see me coming! It melts my heart. Seeing one get adopted or going to rescue is even better!

How does volunteering impact your personal growth and the community?

I’m not shy but prefer to stay in the background most of the time. Personal growth? I’ve met some awesome people with big hearts. When we work together to help network a particular dog/cat, that’s a win/win. I live in Haltom City but Fort Worth is my home. I hope my conversations with friends/family can somehow help change the way the community thinks about animals in general.

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

Dog walking of course! Recently though I have expanded to help with enrichment and in the intake area.

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

Shadow someone a few times before going on your own. Listen and watch. I am very grateful to the other volunteers that allowed me to observe. Shelter pups/cats are different. They require a special person and love different from your personal dogs/cats. The techs/staff are awesome with helping you out, ask them for help anytime!