Volunteers honored for being Bellwether Stars
Fremont– More than 30 people were recognized for giving of their time and talents at Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter and Training Center on Friday evening (Nov. 2). A total of 2,200 hours were contributed by volunteers in the last 12 months.
“We couldn’t do what we do without the help of the volunteers,” Carmen Froehle, volunteer coordinator said. “We have some amazing volunteers who are here every week and others who help us with our events like the Holiday Open House or Run Forrest Run.”
Phyllis White of Hesperia volunteered 332 hours in the last year and “speaks cat,” Froehle said while recognizing and thanking her for all her help. White can be found playing with cats or giving them love.
Ann Faber of Montague is another cat lover who recently adopted a special needs cat. She has volunteered 180 hours in the last year. Darlene Beadle of Newaygo contributed 168 hours and works with both dogs and cats. She can be found in the lobby snuggling cats one at a time or walking the dogs.
Most volunteers agree that they get more in return than they give.
“The animals are amazing especially when they get adopted out, it makes a piece of my heart feel whole. I really like it,” said Andrea McGraw of Fremont.
“I come here because there are so many wonderful animals. All they need is somebody to learn to trust and show them love and they give love back,” said Mark Carpenter of Grant.
Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and attend an orientation prior to starting. The next orientation is scheduled for Nov. 20. Volunteer applications are available at Bellwether or online at http://www.bellwetherharbor.org/volunteers/volunteer-application/