I have always had a huge heart where animals are concerned. I guess I started rescuing on a small scale many years ago and it just kept growing. One day a stray cat wandered up on the porch during the winter. I held off a couple of days but eventually Felix came in and never left. A few days later he brought home a friend and so it began . . . . .
I think I socialized my first community cat at age 12. I’d like to say that it was all downhill from there, but at that age I didn’t really understand animal rescue yet. I got older, I got more educated on the needs of homeless animals – and learned that animals and people in need – are my passion. I knew I could make a difference in my community and began volunteering when I was able as well. I started with assisting a photographer in taking the shelter animals pictures, then I was a “cat volunteer” but, I also assisted in getting animals into rescue, and now being on the board has allowed me to expand the ways I help our community and the animals here that need us.
“Until they all have a home!” Animals are my passion and my furry family are rescues. In 2013 I heard the shelter needed volunteers. I showed up one weekend to help out & loved it. I also help the shelter and PurralotKitty Rescue find & transport to no-kill rescues in other towns/states for those that aren’t adopted locally.
K-5 Instructional Strategist
I grew up on a farm and raised animals for 4-H so I’ve always had animals and loved helping them. In October of 2013, I saw that the Humane Society was asking for volunteers at the Emporia Animal Shelter and I’ve been volunteering on weekends there ever since. I also have three rescue dogs and one rescue cat at my house. It’s what I love to do!
Certified Outpatient Coder
I really don’t have a story to tell. I have always had a love for animals. I decided one day to look into volunteering at the shelter. Started volunteering and have loved every minute of it.
Small Business Owner
I have always loved animals! My cat, Max, was an abused cat that I adopted from the shelter! He had a severe separation disorder when I got him, and he cried for hours on end! I would put him on my lap for hours and just sit and hold him! I have had him for 3 years now, and has since gotten him a twin brother named Rocko! They are bff’s! I was a casa volunteer for 13 years, and decided that since there weren’t many agencies that help shelter pets, I decided to start volunteering at the Shelter! The furbabies are definitely my therapy!
When my daughter told me that my next dog would be “the dog that needs you,” I knew that I needed to do more for the animals in the community. I looked at our animals, three dogs (all of whom are breeds I used to say I didn’t want) — all rescues, and our two cats, both rescues and determined that I can’t adopt them all, but maybe I can make a difference through FEAS.
I started volunteering at the shelter after the death of Nancy, our family’s German Shepherd. Nancy came to us as a stray, so sick and starving the vet did not expect her to live. She took some time to recover, had some anxiety and fear-aggression issues, but became a much loved part of our family for 8 years. Our other dog, a terrier-mix, Naisey, came to us from the Dodge City animal shelter when our kids were little. Naisey is now about 19 years old and still with us!