Kayla is our January volunteer of the month. She has helped us out in many different roles, most often as a foster parent. Here is a little bit about Kayla and why she volunteers her time to help Paw Patrol:
Tracy is one of our dedicated foster parents. She has fostered multiple dogs for us and her home is fantastic for getting dogs used to a variety of things they may encounter in their future home, kids, cats, and dogs, which is very helpful to their adopters. Tracy works at a mobile vet and goes above and beyond for her fosters to be sure their vetting needs are met, often paying for services out of her own pocket.
Karen is a great resource to the animal rescue community. She has been saving dogs since she was a little girl and she runs our community’s largest lost and found site for pets on Facebook. Karen first got involved with Paw Patrol while trying to trap a dog roaming in a Kettering neighborhood. Sweet Rosie, as we called her, ended up finding a wonderful home thanks to Karen’s hard work in trapping her and our generous supporters allowing us to take care of her until her home was found. She also fostered Vance, another stray dog taken on by Paw Patrol. She currently has 4 of her own dogs and opens her home to countless stray dogs, when needed. Karen stated she helps Paw Patrol because she cares about the welfare of chained or unwanted dogs in our community and wants to help make a difference.
Kim and Ricki are somewhat new to our organization, but they have already done so much in that short time. Not only have they become foster parents for our organization, they have helped in multiple other ways. Kim recently designed two different t-shirts for us, while Ricki has helped create “Adopt Me” billboards, attended fundraisers, and helped with administrative tasks. We are truly grateful for awesome volunteers like them!
Growing up, Stephanie always had a love for animals. Whether it was finding loose dogs and reuniting them with their owners or helping baby birds hatch without their mother, saving animals has always been in her blood.
When a friend reached out to her about Emma Frost who was on death row for having some bad teeth, Stephanie couldn’t say no. That is how the relationship with Paw Patrol began. Stephanie helps vaccinate the puppies, microchip (that credit should really go to her husband Brad!), find volunteers, plan fundraisers and whatever needs done. She is an absolute team player and has already proved invaluable in her short time with Paw Patrol.
Stephanie has 3 daughters, a husband, a job and 4 dogs of her own, in addition to whatever fosters she has at the time. After rescuing over 95 dogs, it now seems clear they actually rescued her.
Jodi has been one of our dedicated volunteers for quite some time. She started volunteering for us after finding a german shepherd tied to a fence and knowing she wanted to help him have a better life. She actually found a new home for that dog and ever since, she has been helping Paw Patrol better the lives of many other dogs in our community. She is involved in our outreach efforts, where volunteers visit owners and try to convince them to let us help them and their furry family members. This job is not for the faint of heart and Jodi has always done it very willingly. She and her family have also opened their home to foster dogs that would otherwise be homeless. Currently, she has one of our extremely ill dogs, Gabriel Jackson, in her care. Jodi, her husband, and her three children live in Franklin and currently have two permanent furry family members. We are so thankful for volunteers like Jodi because without them, we wouldn’t exist! Thank you, Jodi – your efforts are greatly appreciated!!
Richelle began fostering for us earlier this year. So far she has fostered three dogs for us and she does wonderful work with them. Her skills in training dogs are being put to use with one of her current fosters, Miss Simba. Simba is a great dog who was never taught manners a young age. Richelle is working with her and is going to be the reason this sweet girl eventually gets a great home! Richelle had the following to say:
Carrie became a Paw Patrol volunteer early this year when she stepped up and agreed to foster TWO large dogs so we could save them from the shelter. Her family has done an amazing dog with these dogs, who have had multiple medical issues, and we are so proud and happy she decided to be part of our organization. She also had a yard sale and donated her proceeds to Paw Patrol, along with advertising and gathering up yard sale donations for our huge annual sale!! Carrie is a great addition to our Paw Patrol family and we just want to say thank you so much to her and her family for loving sweet Dallas and Shilo like they were their own 🙂
We are a mother /daughter volunteer team for Paw Patrol. Angie is a stay at home mom, she also is a daycare provider for a toddler. She left a full time job to care for her niece and to home school a teenager . I had to leave the workforce after working full time for about 30 years, which left a void that needed to be filled for both of us. We became involved with Paw Patrol after seeing a post for volunteers needed to deliver a doghouse and supplies and knew this was the organization for us to help as we share the same love of animals as the other volunteers for Paw Patrol. We enjoy the doghouse/supply deliveries and transport to vet appointments and hope to become more involved as needed.
Shawn and Brittney are an engaged couple with a huge love of dogs. Shawn works as an IT specialist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Brittney is a physician assistant who works in geriatrics. They recently said, “With both of us growing up in houses with dogs, it was a matter of weeks after purchasing our home that we decided we needed to adopt a dog. Our dog Coco, is a pitbull who we rescued from another local rescue agency after he spent the first 3 years of his life chained to a concrete slab in the middle of his former owners backyard. We came to be involved with Paw Patrol on MLK Jr. Day when Shawn responded to a Facebook post stating that Paw Patrol was in need of people to deliver dog houses and straw to doggies that were stuck outside in the sub-zero weather. The day ended with Shawn coming home with dog houses as well as a new member of the Paw Patrol family….Wilma. We are currently fostering Wilma who is being treated for heartworms. Volunteering for Paw Patrol was really a no-brainer for us. We are passionate about the idea that dogs should be members of the family and thus they do not belong chained outside in the elements. This is exactly what Paw Patrol stands for and why we are honored to be a part of the organization.
Lisa is one of our newer volunteers and we are so excited to have her on board! She has lived in Huber Heights most of her life and works for Time Warner Cable. She shares a love for animals with her 12-year old granddaughter. Currently, she has three dogs: Sookie, an American Pitbull; Copper, a beagle; and Sherman, a big bad who knows what! 😉
Our February Volunteer of the Month is Kristina Middelstetter, who graciously has donated her time and energy to help Paw Patrol. Please read a little about Kristina and why she chooses to help out our organization: