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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, December 2, 2018): every Sunday, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who dedicates time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Joanne, Paws for Life’s director of development, creating partnerships, managing events, fund raising, applying for grants, bringing in big donations and handling all things money and growth!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“My husband John and I have been married for 32 years. We have four children – Jake who is 24 and adopted a PFL cat named Zipper, and fellow volunteers Joel, 21, Julia, 20, and James, 18. Of course, we also have two adopted fur babies from PFL, our cats Oscar and Mia.”

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?
“I recently retired after 27 years. I enjoy bargain shopping, but most of all I love to travel!”

HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“I am independent, flexible, organized and analytical (even in my answers!).”

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“It is both rewarding and very challenging. You have to focus on doing what you can do to save even one life, no matter how discouraging it can be at times in the rescue business. There are so many ways to be involved and so many ways to contribute.”

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“I originally got involved with Paws for Life Rescue so my son could earn community service hours by cleaning the cat habitats at Petco. I quickly found myself fostering kittens, cats and cat families, then soon after, we adopted two cats from PFL. I am now manage fundraising, writing grants, pursuing donations and other activities, like events and partnerships.”

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WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“It’s hard to say, there’s been a lot of great moments – from fostering many cats and a few litter of kittens through to adoption, hearing adoption stories and Happy Tails, seeing pictures of a dog’s freedom ride, to planning and participating in the 10-year anniversary event last year and so much more.”

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“It takes a personal commitment to volunteer and you need to do your best to make it happen. Also, it’s really important to be a team player, be flexible and be a problem solver. Don’t wait for an opportunity – there is no shortage of tasks to do in the rescue and every job makes a difference. You know more and can do more than you think, and sometimes the biggest contribution you can make is the one you least expect.”

Thank you, Joanne, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we truly couldn’t do it without you!


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, November 18, 2018): every Sunday, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who dedicates time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Heidi, Paws for Life’s accounting coordinator and dog team coordinator! Heidi fosters dogs, reviews applications, coordinates meet-n-greets and adoptions. She also assists with fundraising and events.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“My daughter Jessie recently graduated from Michigan State. My son Cole is studying criminal justice at Ferris State. My dog children are Stella, 2, (foster fail from Paws for Life), Zurich, 5, and Cheli, 6, mutts with advanced degrees in eating, sleeping and squeaker killing. My cats are Cena and Tanzen, both 10 years old and adopted from Paws for Life.”

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?
“I like to spend time with friends, read, binge watch Netflix and reality shows, learn Spanish and walk dogs at the shelter (oops, does that count as volunteering?).”

HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“I think someone would describe me as kind, compassionate, caring, motivated, funny, introverted, smart, independent and that I worry too much!”

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“It’s very fulfilling and great to know that you’re part of a group of people that cares about animals the same way you do and wants to do something to help them.”

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“After scouring Petfinder to look for a dog for my parents, I was shocked to see how many homeless animals were out there. My son and I started walking dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control shelter and learned that they would not directly adopt out certain breeds of dogs, plus, at that time, the volunteers weren’t allowed to walk them either. I fell in love with so many of them and it killed me that I couldn’t take them out, let them run or get fresh air. These dogs had “Rescue Only” on their cages and could only be adopted out by a Rescue. I found this heartbreaking since some of the dogs were there for months on end, and even a year plus in some cases, and they were all super sweet! I found out that Paws for Life was pulling dogs out of there and adopting them out. I saw a puppy there that needed a foster. I filled out the PFL foster application and fostered my first puppy Ellie. That was it. I was sold and I’ve been volunteering ever since.”

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WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“So many, but one of them was seeing a picture of a scared 6-month-old puppy, listed as only a number on the Kill List at a high-kill animal control shelter in St. Clair County. I called our director and got the ok to save her. I took the day off work and drove two hours up to Port Huron to get her. They wouldn’t let me go in the shelter, so an Animal Control Officer brought her out to the parking lot. The poor little thing was very scared and cuddled right up to me. I took her straight to the vet where she had to be treated for worms and a skin infection. She hadn’t received any medical treatment or care at that shelter. I let my daughter pick her name and she chose Faye. After a few months of getting Faye healthy, we found her a great home with a wonderful young couple and a big brother named Charly! They love her dearly! I know I quite possibly saved Faye’s life and it’s the best feeling in the world!”

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“Do it! Please! We need help and, most importantly, the animals need you! It’s extremely rewarding and worth all the happy and sad tears. So many people tell me they want to help, but it would be too hard leaving them at the shelter and they would want to take them all home. I try to explain that you must think about the animals and not yourself. Just 10 minutes of playtime with a shelter dog can do so much for you and it will mean so much to that dog!”

Thank you, Heidi, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we couldn’t do it without you!


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, November 11, 2018): every week, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who has dedicated time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Abbie, Paws for Life’s dog walker extraordinaire! Abbie also helps at various fundraising events.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“It’s me and my two cats Molly and Oliver, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?
“I enjoy reading, lifting weights, hiking, camping and spending time with friends and family.”

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HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“Independent, introverted, determined and loyal.”

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“Incredibly rewarding. I’m thrilled to be able to make a difference in the lives of animals.”

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“There was a request for more volunteers to walk the dogs who don’t have current foster placements, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to wade into the volunteering world.”

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WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“After walking Miko for a few months, I brought him to K9 Turbo Training for a behavior assessment and he behaved beautifully. He was great in the car, great while I walked him and great during his actual assessment, where he demonstrated not only his good behavior, but also his trust in me. He could not have made me prouder.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“So long as you love animals and have a bit of spare time to dedicate to your volunteer duties, I say do it! There’s really no downside and the animals that you volunteer with have nothing but affection and appreciation for your efforts!”

Thank you, Abbie, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger!


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, November 4, 2018): every Sunday, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who dedicates time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Nicole, Paws for Life’s in-store cat coordinator, managing our relationship and the care for all our cats and kittens living in partner Petco stores! Nicole is also an adoption counselor who fosters cats and kittens and helps with events and fundraising.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“I have two siblings, four parents and a very large extended family. I always grew up with at least one pet, usually more. I have always loved animals of all kinds, pets and ones found in nature. I currently live with my fiance and four fur-babies: 2 dogs, 2 cats.”

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN NOT WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?
“My boyfriend and I like to go hiking and kayaking. We also travel a lot and love the craft beer scene.”

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HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“Smart, funny, compassionate, creative.”

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“Because it is a smaller organization, you feel like what you do makes a bigger impact. Despite not being a huge organization, there is such a diverse set of volunteers. But you are able to meet and get to know most of the volunteers and they start to become your friends. It gives the volunteer experience something extra.”

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“Of the few other organizations I volunteered with over the years, I felt that I was actually needed and was making a real difference for animals in need.”

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WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“Being asked to be the coordinator for the cats that live in the store at Petco. I had not been with the rescue that long, so to be trusted with that position and responsibility was very flattering and exciting.”

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“Volunteering in any capacity is valuable; I think people feel that giving an hour here and there isn’t helping. It isn’t necessary to make it another full-time job to be important and make a difference. It’s rewarding in any capacity.”


Thank you, Nicole, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we could not do it without you!


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, October 28, 2018): every Sunday, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who has dedicated time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Caitlin, Paws for Life’s director of volunteer services and a dog team volunteer!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“Aside from my fur-children, I have two amazing parents, a great brother and sister-in-law and two super adorable nieces named Ruby and Violet. We are a big animal family. My parents fostered and then adopted two cats from Paws for Life and my mom also has a service dog named Reggie. She says he is one of her children, too.”

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?
“My dogs and I like going for long walks around the neighborhood when it is nice out and I love to read. I also really like bullet journaling.”

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HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“Outgoing, driven and playful. I especially love the Wittgenstein quote, ‘If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.’”


WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“It is so rewarding to see that the hard work of caring people results in pets’ lives being saved and them finding homes. I never cease to be amazed by the selfless contributions of my fellow volunteers. I am in awe of them always.”

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“I adopted my cat Kelly from Paws for Life and decided I wanted to help more pets like Kelly find their human soulmates. There is nothing like a person and their love for their pets. My cat, two dogs and I are inseparable.”


WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“Last year, we had a 10-year anniversary event, Paws in the Park, and I was floored by the turnout of adopters and their stories of love for their pets. For some of them, adopting from Paws for Life literally changed their lives. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“Do not limit your imagination. You may think that volunteering means only one activity, but really there are so many ways to get involved. From helping with thank you cards or shipping items from our online store to scanning medical paperwork or helping people navigate our website, there are so many ways to help. And that’s not even counting our dog walking or cat adoption events, where you get to spend time with our available pets!”


Thank you, Caitlin, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we couldn’t do it without you!


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, October 21, 2018): every Sunday, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who has dedicated time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Cheryl, a Paws for Life foster care home for cats and kittens, including one very special, recently adopted Wobble Pops!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“I have a very large family that includes my husband Aaron, six cats, two chinchillas, a guinea pig, rosy boa snake, blue dumpy tree frog, Pac-Man frog, a couple fish tanks and foster kitties that come and go as needed.”


WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?
“When I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family while I sew or do needle-point and other crafts. My husband and I go to every Lions home game; we are both huge football fans! I also enjoy having friends over for game nights.”

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HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“Passionate, hardworking, biggest Lions fan ever, stubborn, compassionate.”


WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“I love being able to help as many pets as possible, as well as help other fosters with difficult pets. We are one big family and all of the volunteers always try to help each other out, no matter how far of a drive it is, or what the circumstance is, we are all in this together.”


WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“I have fostered kittens on my own for over 15 years and have always enjoyed being a foster mom. I had the pleasure of working with Paws for Life when the rescue was first starting out more than 10 years ago (I was a veterinary technician at the hospital where they brought many of their rescued pets).

While I had not recently worked with Paws for Life, my husband Aaron, who is one of PFL’s favorite veterinarians, still worked closely with them and recently I had become friends on Facebook with another volunteer. She was trying to find a foster to take in a kitten and I was able.

After careful consideration (I had always done fostering on my own so I did not have specific “rules” that I had to follow), I decided to join Paws for Life as a foster. I work with many different rescues with my job and Paws for Life is one of the best rescues. They have always done what is best for each individual pet and they make sure that the pets are as healthy as possible before going to their forever homes (They do this by doing proper testing and vaccinations prior to being adopted out). Because of this, I decided to join Paws for Life since their policy is pretty close to what I did for my own fosters. So, their high standards of medical care were very similar to my own expectations on what each pet should receive before being adopted out. And by joining the rescue, I knew I would have more support and help finding good homes for my fosters, in turn, helping get homes faster so I can foster more pets.”


WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“I have a few different moments to choose from:

1. Wobble Pops – a tiny kitten that came into the rescue with semi-paralyzed rear legs. Shortly after coming into the rescue, he broke with panleukopenia, but miraculously survived. I was then asked to take him in as a foster and I originally said, “no.” But after some convincing, I did finally agree to take him on. He had to be isolated in my basement, away from all other cats for a minimum of six weeks. I would do physical therapy with him every day, multiple times a day. It has been about 8 months since I first took him in and he is doing great. He still has a ways to go with his legs, but he has made some miraculous progress thus far. He is a very sweet, happy cat that has no cares in the world. He just wants to cuddle and eat and play. Because his rear legs do not work normally yet, he does wear diapers often, which means he does get regular baths. He is so sweet and such a good boy, he actually lets me blow dry him after his bath! He has been through a lot in his short life, yet he keeps on improving and is so happy. He does not know he has a handicap. (Wobble Pops has been adopted into a wonderful, loving home since this Spotlight was written)

2. Boo & Fright – these are two boys that were trapped as part of a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program. When they were trapped, everyone at the animal control facility, and the vet that they were taken to, said that they are too feral and need to be neutered, then returned back outside. But Santa, Paws for Life’s cat foster care coordinator, thought they could be good house cats and weren’t “too” feral. She called me and, a couple days later, I picked up these two boys. They were very scared and skittish for quite some time, but after some patience and hard work, they both came around quite well. Fright will most likely never like to cuddle with people, but he does enjoy being close to people; meanwhile, Boo loves to sit on laps and cuddle in bed at night with people. These two babies were so close to being stray, feral, outdoor cats fending for themselves for life, but because of one person having hope, then helping to get them to my house, they are now living very happily together in a warm house with a wonderful dad.

3. Skellie – when I first saw a picture of him when I was asked to foster him, I knew he looked very sickly and I asked what was wrong with him. He had been found a few days prior stuck in a fence and that’s all that was known about him. I picked him up from the shelter the same day I saw his picture. He was very emaciated, had a very poor fur coat, frostbite on all four paws, wounds on his tail (ended up needing a partial tail amputation), had an upper respiratory infection and he had tapeworms. Once we got him feeling a little better and he began eating well, he became a different cat. He gained weight well, fur is now soft and looks great, paws are healed, worms are gone and his tail feels better. He started improving within a day or so of us taking him in. Seeing how bad he was when we got him compared to how great he is thriving now, and in such a short amount of time, reminds me why we foster. He was literally starving and freezing to death. Once he came into a nice warm house and had regular meals (and medications to treat his ailments), he started gaining weight very well. He has always been very sweet and loves to be near people. It’s like he knows that people saved his life and he seems so thankful for that. He loves to cuddle and touch all people and never gets close to an open door. He knows what it’s like out there and does not want to go back!”


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“Being a foster care volunteer can be hard work and it can be hard emotionally, but it is also THE most rewarding thing you can do. So many pets need our help and they seem to know when we help and are so grateful. It is so wonderful to help a “baby,” then see him/her go to their forever home and watch them get spoiled, like they deserve! Then you are able to take in a new foster and help yet another pet in need. Being a foster care volunteer allows you to “play” with dogs/cats all the time, help care for them until a good forever home is found, then bring in a new dog/cat(s).”


Thank you, Cheryl, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we couldn’t do it without you!


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (Sunday, October 14, 2018): each week, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who has dedicated time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Anne, our dog behavior coordinator and certified trainer!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 

“I have a tight-knit family. I am the youngest of four siblings. I have two older sisters, an older brother and the greatest parents. I also have a wonderful brother-in-law and a future sister-in-law, who we can’t wait to add to the family! Luca (dog) is really the shining star of the family, though. He is a gentleman and a scholar. I have an amazing fiance Joe, who is always supportive of my rescue endeavors. He has welcomed some of the most difficult fosters into our home with open arms and treated them all with compassion and kindness. He also happens to be the reason I joined Paws for Life in the first place, as his cousin is a longtime volunteer. Our dog Ginny started as a foster dog, but for an array of reasons, she is not adoptable, but that’s fine with us. She is the best part of our day and the most perfect puppy to complete our family. Our lives revolve around our Ginny Grace and we wouldn’t have it any other way!”

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING?

“I am full-time professional dog trainer for K9 Turbo Training. When I’m not working or volunteering, I like to train and spend time with my personal dogs and my foster dogs, go for hikes, and spend time with my human friends and family.”

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HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 

“I didn’t want to answer this myself, so I asked a few friends. My favorites are: passionate, head strong, compassionate, loyal, reliable, intelligent.”

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?

“Incredibly rewarding. We have a small, exceptional team of passionate and hard-working volunteers. The animals always come first at Paws for Life and everyone comes together to support a common goal. Even though our primary mission is to save lives, we find time to have fun, too!”

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 

“I applied to volunteer at several organizations. I chose Paws for Life because of the kindness of the people and the unmatched treatment of animals and volunteers. PFL has the lowest adoption fees, in addition to the most inclusive adoption package of any certified rescue in the state. PFL provides full medical care and behavior help to all animals. We are one of only three five-star certified rescues in the entire state and for good reason. PFL never falters when it comes to ethics and the animals are always put first. I have always enjoyed placing dogs into great homes, marketing dogs for well-suited homes, writing biographies and supporting local shelters; this made Paws for Life a perfect match for me. We also have an incredible director who supports fair treatment of all living things, humans included. As a volunteer, we are always supported in our lifesaving efforts, and always have our PFL family to lean on when times are tough, as they often are in rescue.”

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WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?

“There are too many to name! I would say one of the best for me was when my foster dog Ginny let me pet her for the first time. Ginny acted feral when she came to Paws for Life from a local shelter; neophobic, she could not be touched or even looked at. She could not wear a collar, leash, be crated and was too scared to even go outside. Knowing she came from a horrific abuse situation in which people used her as an ashtray, and she has the permanent cigar burns as physical scars to show for it, I knew she deserved a chance at a happy life and to feel loved, probably for the first time. After several months of building trust and going at her pace, Ginny accepted touch. She now loves to be petted, can put on her own collar, and if I say, “leash” she happily trots over to put her leash on. She loves to play outside now, and if you didn’t know any better, you would never know she started out as unsocialized, untouchable and terrified of everything. Our journey with Ginny would have been impossible without the support of Paws for Life. They supported in-home vet care with full sedation, consultations with veterinary behaviorists and emotional support the many times it’s been needed for our sweet girl. Ginny is not only alive, but happy and healthy … all thanks to Paws for Life.”

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 

“Please do not hesitate. The animals need you now and we are happy to have you come aboard. We will find you a spot in the rescue to support lifesaving efforts in whichever ways best suit you! Whether it is working with cats, dogs, running adoptions, helping fund-raise, transporting animals to adoption events, fostering or dog walking, we have you covered. One thing I struggled with at first was finding balance. I dove in face-first and quickly devoted my entire life to rescue, which I’d never change, even if I could go back in time. It was so rewarding that I sometimes forgot to take care of myself, too, but luckily, our director and fellow volunteers in the rescue supported me and helped me to avoid something we call “burn out.” They helped me establish a better balance. My biggest piece of advice to a new volunteer is to make sure to find your balance early on. PFL is wonderful at taking care of its volunteers and making sure we are able to stay volunteers for as long as possible.”

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Thank you, Anne, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we could not do it without you!


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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT (October 8, 2018): every Sunday, we feature a Paws for Life volunteer who dedicates time, energy and compassion to saving lives. This Sunday, the spotlight is on Karen, a Dog Team volunteer who coordinates medical care and foster care needs, as well as helps with adoptions, fundraising, events, animal transport and vendors!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: 
“It is me, Libby kitty and Sally dog (the foster fail).”

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING? 
“Sleep? Actually, Sally is the rest of my time.”


HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOU? 
“White hair, green shirt, orange shoes? (hahahaha)

I guess, I am a peacemaker, trying to see everyone’s side and making things run smoothly. Defuse with humor and keep going. And if I can help, I will. And never forget.”

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT PAWS FOR LIFE?
“It’s what I do that is worth something. There is no way of knowing what lives are touched by any one of these animals, so it is a way for me to have a tiny bit of a legacy.”

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR PAWS FOR LIFE? 
“I have been volunteering for a number of years, but was having trouble finding a group that was not too large to function and had politics that I could agree with, or better yet, none. I had just lost the last of my senior dogs, Casey, and was wide open for a foster and saw someone posting about Paws for Life on Next Door. I did a little research and filled out the foster app. Amazingly, I heard back within a few hours!! I brought Nero/Parker home and I consciously tried not to jump in with both feet, at first!”

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WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST OR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT VOLUNTEERING FOR PAWS FOR LIFE?
“Probably when I received a picture of my foster Pudge. It was a picture of the couple that adopted her, their two young girls, and miscellaneous other family members, and Pudge all on the couch. She was considered a part of the family and she looked so happy! That is all I could have asked for her.”

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? 
“Do it! There is a spot for everyone. Afraid you will try to take home every animal you meet? (actually we are ok with that). We need help getting donations for the critters, raffles, auctions, supplies … How about paperwork? There is an amazing amount of paper generated. Have some fundraising ideas? There is always room for more ideas. There are many ways to help with minimal risk of filling your home with fur! That being said, we always need foster homes, your chance to share the love!”

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Thank you, Karen, for all you do to help save lives, improve lives and give back to those who depend on us for a second chance at life! You make the Paws for Life Animal Rescue team even stronger and we could not do it without you!