2018 January Volunteer of the Month: Jennifer Hunt
Meet Jennifer! Jennifer Hunt serves as an outstanding Co-Lead, with Teresa Rosenberg, of our Kirkland Team, comprised of more than 120 volunteers. Jennifer’s cheerfulness, attention to detail, and willingness to go the “extra mile” is deeply appreciated. She also works a weekly shift at the store. Jennifer also has helped to lead many sessions of new volunteer orientation. Thank you, Jennifer!
Q: How did you hear about RASKC?
A: I came in to RASKC wanting to adopt two kittens in 2015.
Q:What made you want to volunteer, especially to work with animals?
A: I’ve had many animals since I was a small child, including dogs, cats and horses. They’ve helped me in so many ways – so much unconditional love – and my animals continuously make me want to be a better person. My family and friends have all told me working with animals in some capacity is my calling in life, because every time I encounter a new person walking their dog, I speak to their dog first!
Q:What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at RASKC?
A: I’m an officer on the board of a non-profit, and we are putting together a museum. The non-profit arose after the conclusion of a very large civil litigation I worked on for about 17 years.
Q:What have you gained and hope to gain from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?
A:I have gained so many friends among my fellow volunteers! Animal lovers are the best people, so caring and giving. In the future when I retire, I would like to train and certify several rescue dogs to be therapy dogs, and go to hospitals and assisted living facilities to spread the love around. Therapy animals are so healing, they make people happy, and I can’t think of a better way to help my community.
Q:What is your life motto?
A:Figure out what you love to do, then figure out how to do what you love in a way that helps your community. If we all volunteer and give back to our communities by using our skills to benefit others, even in a small way, we will make the world a better place. /
Q:What’s the best thing about your cats?
A: My cats give the best hugs! And they purr me to sleep at night.
Q:How would you describe your cats’ personalities?
A:My tortoiseshell cat is a talker/meower and she’s the mother cat figure for both my husband and me and the other two cats in the house; my tuxedo cat loves to cuddle, he’s very gentle and sweet, and there isn’t a cardboard box he doesn’t love; and my calico cat also loves to cuddle – her favorite activities include napping and chasing a ball down the hall. But mostly napping!
Q:What is the best advice you would give people who want pets?
A:I would suggest they first determine what type of pet (dog, cat, etc.) would work with their family and lifestyle, and then bring the family to RASKC to meet our animals. We have so many staff and volunteers with tons of experience, we will do our best to answer their questions and help them find the perfect pet!
Q:Describe a memorable moment you’ve had with an animal.
A: I would say my favorite thing in the world is the exact moment when someone comes in to RASKC, and they fall in love with an animal and decide to adopt – that look of pure bliss on their faces. It just gives me so much joy!
Q:What else would you like to say about volunteering for RASKC?
A: I would encourage folks to look into volunteering for RASKC if they want to work with and help animals, because the minimum commitment only requires a two-hour shift every two weeks. Of course, they can take more shifts if they have extra time too! We’re open seven days a week. There are shifts on the weekends and early evenings, so we can accommodate most any schedule. And for those who have children aged nine or older, they can volunteer with their parents. It teaches responsibility, and they will learn how great it feels to help animals (and people too).
Interested in becoming a volunteer? We’d love to have you! |
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