From the desk of Pope Memorial Humane Society’s Volunteer Coordinator Jacqueline Harjula,

At the end, it’s not what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back. — Denzel Washington

Volunteering not only helps the animals in our care, but it also helps the volunteers. How could that be, you ask? Studies have shown that when a kindness is given, the giver receives more in return.

What could be more rewarding and satisfying than cats purring in your ear because they now have a clean condo, or dogs wagging their tails for you because you took them for a nice walk?

The humane society has many opportunities for that type of interaction: giving and receiving. These opportunities include walking dogs, cleaning cat condos, cleaning kennels, writing thank you notes, helping at special events, picking up and redeeming donated cans and bottles, fostering animals and assisting at the front desk.

We also encourage volunteers to give us updates on our animals — any attributes that would help them to be adopted. Wouldn’t you feel rewarded if you donated your time to perform any of these tasks?

Animal care at the shelter is a seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year responsibility, and if you love animals, we need you.

In order to volunteer, complete a volunteer application online at This form has a checklist for noting what your volunteer areas of interest are and the days and times you might be available. You will be notified of the date of the next volunteer orientation event, held monthly on a Saturday.

This will familiarize you with our shelter operations, and you will get a tour of the shelter. There is also additional training for those who want to be a dog walker.

Join Pope Memorial Humane Society staff and volunteers for the first-ever Pup-Up @PMHS! This fun shopping event features deep discounts on a variety of items, including, but not limited to, books, artwork, some home items, as well as a massive variety of everyday pet essentials! Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can shop and know that 100% of the proceeds go directly to the care of homeless pets in need.

My pet pick of the week is Isabelle. She is a senior tabby cat with brown, black and white fur that she keeps immaculately clean. Look at that face; look at those eyes. She’s saying, “Please adopt me and give me a forever home.”

Isabelle spends a lot of her time each day in my office, and would like to be a lap cat, but that makes it difficult to work on my computer. She’s also very content to sit in the extra office chair and take lots of catnaps. It takes her a while to warm up to you, but once she does, she will love you forever.

If you would like to meet Isabelle and give her a lap to sit in, complete the adoption application online, and come in to get acquainted.

Wish list: Pate-style poultry-flavored canned cat food, angle brooms with dustpans, copier paper, manila envelopes, cleaning supplies, food storage zipper bags (gal. size).

Thank you for your support.