Category: “Volunteer of the Month”

May Volunteer of the Month: Jacque Eischens

Jacque VOM MayJacque is one of PawsCo’s awesome remote volunteers, and she helps with the important and loving task of handwriting thank-you letters.

“I love being a part of PawsCo as a long-distance volunteer,” she says. “Volunteering with PawsCo means I can help save animals’ lives despite having few free daytime hours.”

Thanks so much for helping PawsCo, Jacque!

April Volunteer of the Month: Kathryn Whartenby

KathrynPawsCo can always count on Kathryn to offer help ­– and she even does it with a smile on her face!

“She is always one of the first to raise her hand and say ‘I can do it’,” says PawsCo Events Director Jessica Missun. “Her spirit is contagious and her passion for saving animals is infectious.”

Thanks for all you do Kathryn!

March Volunteer of the Month: Amy Crawford

AmyCrawfordBy: Victoria Francis

A freedom ride is a life changing event in the life of a rescue animal, and Amy Crawford is always there to greet the newest PawsCo member with love and the reassuring words: “You are free, nobody will ever hurt you again, and you are going to be loved the rest of your life.” During her time as a PawsCo volunteer Amy has been part of the Transport Team helping with everything from shelter pickups to vet appointments, “Amy is such an outstanding member of the Transport Team and always willing to help an animal in need,” said Katelyn Massey, transport director.

For Amy, rescuing animals is an opportunity to fall in love, “I can’t help but fall in love with every single dog I have spent time with, even if it’s just for a few short hours,” Amy said. When she’s not loving newly rescued pups, Amy is giving love to her children—canine and human alike—at home, “I’m so grateful for my two boys who have always had a deep compassion for animals,” Amy said. “I hope that my passion to help dogs is surpassed only by my ability to help shut down puppy mills, give as many dogs as possible their freedom rides, and to help out the amazing fosters that are the true heroes along with the rest of the PawsCo staff.”

PawsCo is proud to have such amazing volunteers like Amy who are dedicated to saving lives, “[Amy] often volunteers multiple times per month—at least once per week—which makes her a truly invaluable part of the team!” said Katelyn. “We are so lucky to have a volunteer like Amy.”

February Volunteer of the Month: Donna Tunis

DonnaTunisDonna is an amazing, always helpful member of the vet team, plus she assists with TNR and is a rock-star kitty foster! This lady truly does it all, and she does it with love.

The vet team says Donna’s calm and relaxed demeanor helps intake (which can be fairly chaotic) go more smoothly. And she’ll often give fosters a loving smooch after their vaccinations – what a sweetheart!

Donna loves all animals, but she says her “heart and soul is with cats.” In less than a year, Donna has already fostered 10 kitties through PawsCo! Plus, she volunteers at a cat shelter in Lakewood and she has four cats at home, including one with special needs.

Donna knew for a long time that she wanted to work with animals, but it wasn’t until getting let go from work after an injury that she decided to go back to school for an associate degree in veterinary technology. Now as a vet tech she loves what she does and where she works!

“I am all about rescuing and helping as many animals as possible,” Donna says. “I look forward to continue helping such an awesome organization.”