Kathy grew up in the Midwest on Lake Michigan and after college she moved to Chicago. She came to Ketchum in 1984 and decided to stay because of how beautiful it is here. Each week, Kathy dedicates a few hours to come to the Shelter to help out in the office where she follow up with recent adopters to find out how pets are adjusting in their new homes. She also helps with licensing and connects lost pets with their owners by following up on calls to our lost and found network.
When and why did you start to work with the Animal Shelter?
Kathy believes in Animal rescue and finally had time to devote herself to the cause in 2007. She thinks it’s important to care about animals both domestic and wild. Kathy believes the Animal Shelter is an important organization and she wanted to find a way to help animals locally. She started as a Pet Pal working to help shelter dogs become more adoptable and then on to fostering dogs. Since 2007 Kathy and her husband Greg have fostered 14 dogs. They have mainly helped dogs that had were shy and need help behaviorally. Kathy shared that she has enjoyed getting to work with all of the different dogs and getting to know their very distinct personalities. Their own dog, Ginger helped the other dogs being fostered to learn what life is like in a home and helped them adjust.
What do you like about volunteering at the Animal Shelter?
The staff is nice and knowledgeable and they are very passionate about what they do. We all really work towards enriching the lives of the animals. Kathy and her husband are very happy that they made the decision to make a difference in the life of shelter dogs.
What have been some of your most rewarding volunteer experiences?
Finding and falling in love with their newly adopted dog Chico has been one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences. While Kathy and her husband were fostering him, they tried to bring him to an offsite event to see if he might get adopted. Chico had a different plan, he chased their car when they tried to drive away and they made up their mind that they would be adopting him.
What would you tell others who are thinking about volunteering?
It’s so rewarding to know that you have helped an animal find a good life. It’s so important to give back. Find something that’s important to you and find a way to help.