Just as we love our animals of all breeds and ages, we cherish our wide array of volunteers, both young and young-at-heart. Learning the importance of volunteerism and a respect and love for animals at an early age is a great lesson for children. Two very special volunteers, Garrett, 13, and Delainey, 9, are a couple of our youngest volunteers with two of the biggest hearts you could ever find.
Though they live in neighboring Pasco County, Garrett and Delainey are both loving family members to a whole brood of animals and make the trip into Sumter to help our shelter’s animals too. When the two aren’t busy practicing karate, doing their schoolwork or volunteering at YOUR Humane Society SPCA, they are spending time with their three cats and two dogs: Daisy, a 9-year-old black and tan hound, and Cookie, a 8-year-old Pitbull. If those five furry siblings aren’t enough to keep them busy, there are also some feathered family members they tend to. Garrett and Delainey also watch over their 16 Rhode Island Red and Silky chickens.
Living “way out in the country,” according to their Mom and fellow volunteer, Alexa, the two have always been surrounded by creatures of all kinds. “At an early age, both were used to rescuing animals abandoned in the fields and woods around us,” Alexa said. “Most they could help, but some they couldn’t.”
Garrett and Delainey’s early exposure to all sides of animal rescue prepared them to be the great volunteers that they are for YOUR Humane Society SPCA. The two say they enjoy many aspects of volunteering, but their favorite part is when they see one of them get adopted. (We love that part too!)
Although small in years, this dynamic duo has made a huge impact on the animals at YOUR Humane Society SPCA. They continue to inspire our other volunteers of all ages and show our younger community that it is never too early to get involved in giving back. We hope it will be these types of socially conscientious young people who be leading as our future Board members and shelter leaders.
If you, or your children, are interested in volunteering at YOUR Humane Society SPCA, we would love to have you join our family! We love moms like Alexa, who volunteer and get the whole family involved. Volunteering is a great way to build character in children, teach them important values and bond as a family while creating lifelong memories. Volunteering is also a valuable way for children to learn the responsibilities of pet ownership and a perfect solution to spending times with animals if you are unable to currently have a pet of your own. If you would like more information on volunteering at YOUR Humane Society SPCA, please reach out to us at 352-793-9117 or email@example.com.
Congratulations, Garrett, Delainey (and Mom), our August 2019 Volunteers of the Month! Thank you for your labors of love with our shelter animals and beyond! YOU are what makes YOUR Humane Society SPCA great!