Volunteers

We are so blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers!  Please take a couple of moments to learn about the men and women who help us care for our animals.

Noelle and Vince have been with AFA since they were 17 years old – back when we were bending the age requirement for volunteers! Noelle’s mom turned her onto volunteering, and Vince got dragged along with. Lucky for us, because they’ve been great! Five years later they’re still with us. Despite their hectic college careers, they faithfully return on breaks and brief visits home to tend to the animals and catch up on the latest AFA goings-on. Both agree that the animals and interacting with them are their favorite part of volunteering. Noelle adds, “They are all such  Read more...

afa-sarahjeff-600x397Jeff  and Sarah have been assisting with the St Charles location for several years now. The amount of energy Jeff has is astounding! Especially if it has to do with animals! Jeff has really been instrumental in our dog fostering program. He helps us in all aspects, from training to medicating foster dogs in our care. Not to say he limits himself! Jeff has worked with our foster horses and pigs too!  What more can we say? All it takes is a phone call and he is there-can’t ask for anybody better!!  Read more...

afa-jen_seal-600x450Twenty-three year old Worth resident Jen found AFA while googling volunteer opportunities close to her. What good fortune for us! Jen has been with AFA since the beginning of May 2016, and she is a gem! When she isn’t cleaning animal habitats or feeding and watering the critters, she’s playing with them and handing out treats. Jen’s favorite part about volunteering is working with the variety of animals we have, and she enjoys how hands-on the work is. That’s what makes AFA different from the other places she’s volunteered for. But she admits the least favorite part is that she wants to take all of the animals home with her!! Read more...

afa-christine_rooChristine found AFA through the internet and has been volunteering since March 2016. She’s a complete joy to have around! And while she thinks her main functions are cleaning cages and feeding and watering the animals, we think her main function is cuddling with the animals. She also helps on educational programs and enjoys them thoroughly! Christine’s favorite part about volunteering is being able to get hands-on experience with the animals. Her least favorite part is leaving the animals to go home. Christine says, “Basically, I could cuddle with these beauties all day! They’re just so adorable!”

We asked Christine if she had a memorable moment she’d like to share, and here’s what she said: “One of my many memorable moments took place on the day I started.  Read more...

 

feldman_r_03-2Rashel serves as a our webmaster. When not working on our website, she runs her own business - Relay Communications Group - a full service Marketing Communications and Social Media firm that specializes in working with small businesses and schools. She has had a ball building this site, which is so very different than her day to day work!

Rashel has been married for more than 30 years, is mother to Clare, and currently has three furry children as well:  Junie B., Lucy and Max, all Norwich terriers.  Over the years, she has owned a variety of pets including goldfish, betas, hermit crabs and baby chicks that she and her daughter hatched and returned to the local Children's Farm in Palos.

Lorraine has been volunteering with the St. Charles location since September 2015 and has a certificate in Raptor Management. She works with the raptors and also helps with feeding and rehabbing the other critters that come in. Lorraine is a talented photographer so she also takes photos of the animals for adoption in hopes of getting them good homes. Her other passion includes storm chasing when she has time. She has a tornado photo in a National Geographic book and magazine that she is very proud of. Lorraine sometimes gives photography presentations. Check out her awesome wedding and boudoir photography studio at Captured By Lorraine. Lorraine is married and has one fur baby, Chloe the Boston Terrier.

 

Twenty-three year old Gina found Animals for Awareness online and submitted her volunteer application off of the website. Only 3 days later, in May 2017, she began her volunteer work with us! She has caught on extremely quickly, cleaning cages and feeding and watering the many species of animals we have here. Her favorite part has been gaining experience with new and exotic animals, as well as cuddling with many of them!! However, she admits that her least favorite part of volunteering is enduring some of the smells that come along with the job at times! Yes, it can be a little smelly some days!! But Gina appreciates how AFA offers a lot more hands-on experience with the animals than other places. While she doesn’t yet have a memorable moment to share, we’re sure there will be many in the future for Gina! Her favorite critters here are the large spotted genets. A Palos Heights resident, Gina has a cat of her own and just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She hopes to continue working with animals in either a research setting or in rehabilitation/release environment. We’re glad Gina found AFA! She’s a true catch!!

We lucked out again in the beginning of May, 2017 when 30 year old Bethany Googled around and began following Animals for Awareness on Facebook. She began volunteering shortly afterwards, jumping in with both feet! Not only does Bethany feed and water and clean cages when she’s not loving on the critters, but she has already helped out with educational programs, earning her the coveted purple AFA shirt! While she never worked with wild or exotic animals until she happened upon AFA, and worked mainly with dogs, cats and rabbits, Bethany fell right into the routine! As is true with most of our volunteers, her least favorite part about volunteering is dealing with the poop! However, her favorite part of volunteering is Read more...