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:
Mark is one of our truly dedicated volunteers. He has been volunteering with Paw Patrol since we started and is always willing to do any job asked of him, even though he goes to school full-time and has a job. Mark recently said he volunteers for Paw Patrol because he loves animals and helping them, as well as educating their owners on the proper way to care for their pets. He realizes lots of times people just need some extra help and enjoys being able to participate in providing that help. Mark helps transport and deliver doghouses and supplies, build fences, work at fundraisers, and educate owners. We are so grateful for Mark’s help and dedication to helping dogs in our community!
Luke has been involved with Paw Patrol since we first started. He does a little bit of everything, including helping deliver doghouses and supplies, fence building, events, and fundraising.
Carolyn is one of our awesome volunteers, mostly doing Outreach and working directly with dogs and their owners. She has loved animals especially dogs, for as long as she can remember and has volunteered in animal welfare for several years. As part of her work with another agency, she became aware of the large number of dogs chained outdoors in the Dayton area 24/7 in all kinds of weather, most of them with no shelter. She began researching ways to help and found Paw Patrol. After reading the mission statement, she knew it was for her and decided to get involved. She says she is enjoying every minute of helping dogs have a happier and healthier life.
Lyndia is a special volunteer to Paw Patrol. A few years ago, she reached out to us for a little assistance with her two dogs, and in return, she has decided to pay it forward. Lyndia is always trying to think of ways she can get the word of Paw Patrol into her community – from including our brochures in “back to school night” packets to handing out information at a neighborhood block party. She has gone out on Outreach with us and last year at our yard sale she was very helpful in recruiting customers. We absolutely love the fact Lyndia has become part of our team and we can’t thank her enough. When we asked Lyndia to write a few paragraphs for us to spotlight her, she chose to use this opportunity as an educational one. Lyndia wanted to share a very sad story of her dog in the hopes someone else will learn from it:
I have loved dogs all my life. For as long as I can remember, there was at least one dog, usually several, in my home growing up. I guess my love of dogs came from my parents. Most were strays or rescues and all left paw prints on my heart. My wife and I had dachshunds as children so it is no surprise that we currently have four ruling our home. They are all girls ranging from 9 to 18.5 years young and are spoiled on a daily basis.
Rhea Smith is featured as our June 2015 volunteer of the month. She has helped out our organization in a variety of ways, including transporting both dogs and supplies, as well as learning one of our most challenging tasks – meeting with and establishing relationships with dogs owners.
Diane Carter grew up in Minnesota and moved to Ohio in 2003 where she was a Realtor with Better Homes & Gardens Big Hill from 2005 to 2013. She was very involved in Dayton Area Board of Realtors as past chairperson of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee, and Vice-Chair on the Community Services Committee. Diane was awarded the 2012 Marie Kindrick Fair Housing award. She was also involved with the Women’s Council of Realtors as VP of Membership, co-chairperson of Community Projects, Communications committee and was to be 2013 President-Elect but had to retire from Real Estate because of health problems. Diane is still active with Habitat for Humanity though, where she is part of the Family Selection Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of Lost and Found Ministries which helps with a home, life skills and jobs for ex-felons.
As far back as she can remember Jenny was always bringing home stray animals. She states she is very sensitive to the needs of animals. Because she doesn’t have children, she treats her fur babies like her kids. She has two dogs, Charlie and Lucy, and a cat named Simon. She also tries to help animals she comes across in need, even if that means having to dedicate a lot of time and energy to doing so.
Featured Dog of the Month
Saydee is as sweet as can be and likes to be near her person 24/7. She loves Loves LOVES toys and running outside! Saydee is great with other dogs and has a lot of fun playing with them. She is working on house and crate training but is catching on to both quite well. She is quickly learning all 4 feet need to be on the floor to receive attention and is so smart she can be taught so much more. We believe Saydee is a 6 year old Shepherd mix and she would love a person who likes to cuddle.
Volunteer of the Month
We would like to take an opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to Jessica, our April volunteer of the month! Here is a bit about her:
As a native Daytonian, I recently moved back to the area after spending my post-college years in Washington DC. Upon my return, I knew I wanted to get involved in an organization that gave back to my community. I’ve always had a passion for all things furry, so helping animals in need was the perfect fit for me. I followed Paw Patrol’s journey for a while and was incredibly impressed that they take in dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. They also take in dogs with special medical needs and even dogs that need a hospice home to live out the rest of their days in a loving, comforting environment.