The Backbone of SICSA: Volunteers

Throughout decades of growth, a few constants have remained with SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center. The first is our undying love of animals. The second is the cherished support provided by selfless volunteers. This team of generous animal advocates make up a vital component of the SICSA pack. Without them, we could not carry out our mission or support the community in the ways we do. Looking at our volunteers, you will see children, young professionals, parents, students, seniors, and anyone else you could imagine. These individuals use their unique strengths to support local dogs and cats however they can. Whether they take out a pup for Paw Partner Active, clean kennels in Kitty City, organize adoption data, or lend a hand with an event, SICSA volunteers make a tangible difference that is felt throughout our adoption and wellness center every day.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, once our volunteering opportunities were able to safely resume, Thomas Spence rejoined the SICSA pack. Thomas originally began volunteering when SICSA was still located in Kettering, but eventually pulled back due to the length of his drive. Upon SICSA moving to Washington Township, closer to his home, he was happy to return. “When I retired, I was looking for opportunities to volunteer. This one is convenient, and I love it.” said Thomas.

At SICSA, Thomas spends his time helping with vital direct support to the Animal Care Team by doing laundry and dishes, as well as walking dogs. With one cat of his own at home currently and other beloved pets before, Thomas clearly has a heart for animals. “My wife and I have always been pet lovers.” He explained. This compassion for animals, combined with the ease of volunteering at SICSA have allowed Thomas to become a familiar, friendly face amongst staff. When asked what he would say to others considering spending their time with SICSA, Thomas said, “It’s a great organization. It’s very rewarding, and they certainly need volunteers.”

The people and animals of SICSA are extremely grateful for volunteers like Thomas. The Animal Care team is especially thankful for the support with dishes and laundry, two tasks that are often overlooked but absolutely necessary to keep the animals happy and healthy. If you would like to volunteer with SICSA, you can learn more here. There are endless opportunities to get involed and support local pets in need!

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