Volunteer Spotlight: May

Please join us in congratulating our May Volunteers of the Month! Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and our shelter pets are lucky to have amazing people like them advocating on their behalf every single day!

Independence Campus: Mary Havener

Mary Havener started volunteering at the Independence campus three years ago on Valentine’s Day. We can’t think of a more fitting day to begin a new experience, offering your heart and time to homeless animals.  She found Great Plains SPCA while out chasing a stray dog! Desperately trying to guide him away from traffic, Mary wound up in front of the Independence shelter.  Unaware of the newly constructed facility, she made a decision at that very moment to step through the doors and inquire about volunteering. Mary says, “My love and passion for animals influenced my decision to volunteer. I couldn’t think of a better place to be. I don’t regret my decision for one second!”

Aside from being one of our amazing Dog Heroes, Mary also attends adoption events at the local PetSmart every Saturday and has opened her home to fostering.  She gives many of our dogs a break from the shelter environment and a comfortable place to rest their heads. We can’t thank Mary enough for her contributions to Great Plains SPCA. We are forever grateful for her selfless decision to volunteer. Thank you Mary!

Merriam Campus: Ryan and Annie Hackworth

Ryan and Annie Hackworth are a father-daughter duo who have been volunteering with Great Plains SPCA since December 2016. Annie began her volunteer career by fundraising for the pets of Animal Haven, which led to the adoption of their first Great Plains SPCA alumni, Moe.

For Christmas last year, Annie asked for one thing- to volunteer at Great Plains SPCA with her father.  The two have been heavily involved ever since! Ryan and Annie have served more than 115 hours with our adoptable cats and dogs!

Ryan and Annie’s favorite success story at Great Plains is of a particularly shy cat named Tank. Tank was having a tough time acclimating to the Cattery and would hiss anytime someone entered his space. After establishing an enrichment plan, Ryan began working with Tank one-on-one, and slowly created a solid foundation of trust. Tank eventually allowed Ryan to pet him, sing to him and even left his “cubby” to interact with Ryan! With the help of Ryan and Annie, Tank was adopted by a great FUR-ever home.

Thank you, Ryan and Annie Hackworth, we are so privileged to have you as part of the Great Plains SPCA team of volunteers!

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