Helping At The Harbor
Bellwether Harbor volunteers dedicate 2,250 hours
Fremont– Nearly 50 volunteers were honored Nov. 10 by Bellwether Harbor staff for contributing more than 2,250 hours in the last year.
“We couldn’t take as many animals and find them their forever home without the volunteers who come in and provide hours of time,” said Danielle Merrill, Bellwether Harbor Executive Director.
Bellwether Harbor Volunteer Coordinator Carmen Froehle said the volunteers help with many things including socializing cats and dogs, walking dogs, bathing and grooming animals, clerical and housekeeping.
During the event, Froehle recognized Cassie Gilliland who has been a volunteer with Bellwether Harbor since it opened 15 years ago. Volunteers with the most hours were Phyllis White with 299 hours, Nancy Reschke with 222 hours, and Ann Faber with 175 hours.
“They may call me the crazy cat lady,” White said with a laugh. “But I love coming here and seeing all the cats and kittens. I enjoy knowing them before they go to their forever home.”
Bellwether Harbor is always looking for more volunteers who must be 15 years old or older. Volunteers must fill out an application, which is available on the bellwetherharbor.org website and then complete an orientation.
Bellwether Harbor is a haven for dogs and cats that have been abandoned, abused and neglected. The staff and volunteers work to prepare them for their adoption with people looking for forever companionship. Bellwether provides medical care, socialization, training, and sometimes rehabilitation to dogs and cats.
“We work with people looking to adopt our animals by helping them to find the dog or cat that is the best fit with their lifestyle,” Merrill said. “We do this through an interview process, multiple visits, education and training. Our ultimate goal is to encourage and support the human animal bond.”
“We are so thankful for our volunteers, who help us with that mission,” Froehle added.
Interested in learning more?Contact Wendy Sinicki by phone at 231-924-9230 or via email at email@example.com
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