For the Love of Dogs
Network Health Care Management Specialist, Melinda Seelow, has loved dogs for as long as she can remember, and this love has inspired her to volunteer at the Fox Valley Humane Association.
“It’s heartbreaking that these dogs don’t have a loving family and home,” Melinda says. “Volunteering at the humane association motivates me to do my part in giving the dogs one-on-one time.”
Fox Valley Humane Association cares for over 5,000 homeless pets each year. In addition to the animals they serve, the association is a resource for the people of the Fox Valley, providing education to youth and outreach programs in the community.
Melinda is currently working on becoming a dog walker at the shelter. To become a dog walker, volunteers must complete 10 hours of volunteering and then take a dog walking safety class. Her goal is to volunteer once a month at the shelter.
“It’s difficult not taking the dogs all home with me,” she says. “But it helps to be able to visit them and give them attention and love and hopefully watch them get adopted.”
Volunteers are always needed at the Fox Valley Human Association. They have many opportunities available for individuals, groups and businesses. Donations are also vital—the shelter needs to raise over $1 million annually to care for the animals they serve and support the programs they run.