Volunteer Spotlight

Jill and Anne have been volunteering with Paws and Affection since the beginning. They were here with our first four dogs and have been dedicated Wednesday morning volunteers since 2016. Learn more about them in our Volunteer Spotlight!

We asked these lovely ladies who their favorite P&A dog was and they struggled to answer. Jill said, “Every dog worms their way into my heart and I’m sad to see them go, but I’m so happy to feel like I had a small part in making it happen. My heart broke a little when I learned Winni was matched, but she’ll be a gift in their life!”

Anne told us, “Kelly. Her soul is so warm and gentle and she just stole my heart — she just seems to embody the whole ethos of P&A. It was hard to say goodbye, but I love seeing her work pics on Instagram. Winni is right up there with Kelly. And Lou”. 

Both Anne and Jill have dogs of their own and we loved learning about them. Jill told us she currently has two 10-year old dogs, Marley and Rooney. “Marley is a sedate ladylike Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix and Rooney is a wacko Poodle mix with a personality similar to Verdell, the Jack Russel from As Good As It Gets.”

Anne also has two rescue dogs, Ricky and Mack. “Ricky, a 12 pound 8-year old terrier guard dog and Mack, a 28 pound blind cockapoo lap dog, balance each other. Mack had trouble navigating through the snow this winter and walked alongside Ricky for guidance. Ricky was slightly annoyed by the closeness, but knew he had a job to do.”  

Anne also told us her favorite part about volunteering is “seeing the dogs run and frolic with unbridled joy in the yard, and then, suddenly, they remember we’re there too, and rush over for some love and belly rubs. For me, volunteering is a form of gratitude that lifts me up in so many ways. I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute in some small way to a wonderful and important mission, play with and care for truly special dogs, and spend time with my best friend of 22 years.”

Volunteers help us keep everything running smoothly with our dogs in training. From help with administrative tasks to hands-on care of the dogs, there’s always something to do. In addition to board members and fosters, we also have daily volunteers who come for an hour shift in the morning or an hour shift in the afternoon to potty the dogs individually in the yard, prepare food, clean supplies, groom the dogs, and so much more. All volunteers must be 14 or older. Our volunteer schedules run seasonally (June-August, September-December, January-May). We ask all volunteers to commit to coming consistently to one shift per week for a whole season. 

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