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June 2020

Jenna Howard

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

Meet the June Volunteer of the Month, Jenna Howard .

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

I’ve been volunteering at FWACC since May 11, 2019.

Why did you decide to become a FWACC volunteer?

I wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way, and I love dogs. So, I searched for ways to help dogs by volunteering. I found FWACC’s volunteer page, and started volunteering by walking dogs at PetSmart, but quickly found several other opportunities such as the Mega Adoption Events and mobile adoption events, and I help by processing online adoption applications at home. Whatever your skills, FWACC has something you can help with!

Are you from Texas- If not where?

I was born in Texas and have lived here my whole life!

Are you from Texas—if not where?

I have lived in Texas pretty much my whole life.

Please tell us about a positive experience you’ve had as a Shelter Administrative volunteer.

Working with the shelter staff is always a positive experience! They’re always so helpful and are willing to step up when you run into an “I don’t know!” situation. Also, they really love their jobs and are true advocates for the pets in their care. That kind of positive attitude and passion inspires me.

What pets do you have? Tell us about them.

We have three dogs who are my world! First, Molly Sue, who we adopted 5 years ago from the Burleson Animal Shelter, is the most unique dog I’ve ever met, and I think that comes from her being a Great Dane/English Pointer mix. She’s lanky and has the sweetest, quirkiest face and the best personality. Next, Mister Dale, who we adopted from FWACC about 3 years ago, is the calmest, most kind and gentle boy. I saw his picture and just knew he was ours. He was HW+ but treatment was so easy, and he’s as healthy as can be now! Finally, Sammy Rio, who we adopted this past September from FWACC, is our foster fail! He’s the funniest, goofiest little Lab on four paws. He is definitely an experience, but he fit right in with Molly and Dale from the start, so we knew it was meant to be.

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

Don’t be shy about rolling your sleeves up and getting involved! There is so much that needs to be done whether it’s helping with the pets, kennels, or administrative work. Any little bit helps, and the staff is always so grateful for it.