In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, Hill’s Pet Nutrition recognized five “Shelter Heroes” who go above and beyond in their commitment to local animal shelters and helping pets find their forever homes. As a way of recognizing their contributions, Hill’s has donated $10,000 to each of the five shelters that these volunteers support.
“The Hill’s Shelter Heroes Contest was created to recognize the amazing work volunteers do every day and to inspire others to start volunteering at their local shelters,” said Joann Fuller, who oversees Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love program.
Shelters submitted heart-warming stories and videos of volunteers who make a real impact on the lives of homeless animals. Hill’s announced 10 finalists and asked pet lovers on their Facebook and Twitter pages to select the five winners.
These compelling video submissions can be viewed at Hill’s Shelter Hero Contest page.
Hill’s would like to congratulate its 2017 Shelter Heroes:
- Tammie Lohnes, Kansas Humane Society: Tammie’s love for animals has kept her at Kansas Humane Society for more than 15 years. She has worked across numerous positions and is now serving as a mentor to all new volunteers and staff members.
- Dot, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control: Dot has volunteered at Fort Wayne for more than 12 years and consistently puts pets’ needs above her own. In the words of her colleagues, “What doesn’t Dot do for the shelter?”
- Barbara Comarda, Louisiana SPCA: Following Hurricane Katrina, Barbara drove cross-country multiple times to find good homes for pets that were affected. She has volunteered more than 10,000 hours during her 11 years at the Louisiana SPCA.
- Mark Imhof, Animal Care Centers of NYC: Mark volunteers at two locations, multiple times a week, and is dedicated to increasing pets’ adoption chances.
- Janie Stowell, Spokane Humane Society: Janie has helped the most vulnerable pets find happiness, and has donated more than 8,500 hours (and counting) to help animals in need.
“Without volunteers, most shelters would be unable to operate or care for homeless cats and dogs. Shelters provide the care, Hill’s provides the food and volunteers donate their time and love until new homes for the animals can be found,” Fuller said. “Together, we’re helping transform the lives of shelter pets.”
The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program has provided shelters with more than $280 million in pet food since 2002. The program currently feeds more than 100,000 homeless pets every day in over 800 North American shelters