There are many volunteer opportunities at the KVHS. Can you picture yourself walking the dogs? Helping with the fundraisers or special events? Maybe grooming and bathing is your cup of tea?
For those of you who may not want to interact directly with our animals we can also use assistance behind the reception desk, on our committees, assisting with fundraising and special events, mailings, or simply helping with laundry, and dishes.
The opportunities to volunteer at the KVHS are too numerous to mention.
Why not attend a Volunteer Orientation and learn about all of the volunteer opportunities the KVHS has to offer? For more information about volunteering, contact Amanda at 626-3491 ext. 107.
Don and Dorlane Craig
KVHS staff is lucky enough to have a group of dedicated individuals who help us on a regular basis. Two KVHS volunteers who go above and beyond for KVHS are Don and Dorlane Craig. This couple not only volunteers their time to KVHS by coming to the shelter each week to help, but at the end of the day they bring shelter animals home to foster.
The couple enjoy being foster parents so much that they actually adopted the first cat they ever fostered. The Craig’s now own not one, but 10 animals, including a special needs cat. Their 16-year old dog Molly (a KVHS shelter graduate) shares her home with nine other furry cat friends: Littlefoot; 14, Guiness; 5, Cyrano; 3, Roxie; 3, Baron; 2, Duchess; 2, Lucky; 2, Porshe; 3-months and a blind, special needs cat named Brutus. Even though they have a full house, they are still looking forward to fostering more.
Dorlane volunteered at the Loring Air Force Base shelter before volunteering at KVHS. After her experience on the base, she knew she wanted to continue helping animal shelters following her husband’s retirement from the Air Force.
The Craig’s certainly have a passion for animals. “We both love animals and KVHS serves a vital need in the community. Knowing the animals have a safe warm place, food and care while they are waiting for adoption is important to us,” she explained, adding, “There is always so much to do, every single day, including holidays. We love working along with staff of KVHS and meeting many of the other volunteers—couldn’t meet a greater bunch of dedicated people.”
Interestingly, Don and Dorlane usually don’t volunteer together as one might expect. “We think our efforts are more help by spreading out our hours at different times,” Dorlane explained.
According to Dorlane, volunteering is a very rewarding experience and anyone who is interested in volunteering should. “Your efforts are appreciated,” she said. There is a lot of work to be done and requires continuous effort behind the scenes,” she continued.
There are many positives outcomes to volunteering Dorlane notes. “The best thing is knowing that we are making a difference even though the work is endless. All of the animals need love and good homes and it’s exciting every time an animal gets adopted.”