The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA would like to welcome Becky Stowe as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Becky has been volunteering at CGHS/SPCA since 2007, and has a background in civic non-profit organizations. She has a certificate in Animals and Human Health from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, and is in the Animal Behavior and Conservation program at Hunter College (NYC). Becky designed, implemented and supervised a collaborative volunteer program with CGHS/SPCA and the Mental Health Association of Columbia Greene Counties, and is especially interested in developing other collaborative projects within the community. She has studied Obedience and Tracking with syndicated columnist and dog trainer Charlene Marchand, with whom she also trained for the Canine Good Citizen certificate and Therapy Dog International certification. Her three dogs, all CGHS alumni, are trained Therapy Dogs; additionally, both Blaise and Merlin are certified Canine Good Citizens, and Blaise has his Rally Novice title.
CGHS/SPCA is currently seeking volunteers who want to make a commitment and a difference in animals’ lives. Our animals have been abandoned, neglected, and/or have been victims of cruelty, and our staff and volunteers work very hard to both make the animals’ lives better as well as find them their forever homes.
“Volunteers introduce these animals to love, compassion, and dignity, and we welcome all who want to make this commitment,” states Becky. “We need help in all areas, including dog walking and socializing, cat grooming and socializing, kennel help, office help, and grounds and maintenance. We ask that all on-site volunteers be over 18 and commit to at least two hours a week. We also have two new programs in the works: a youth program called Animal Ambassadors, and a Humane Education program. It’s hard work, but the joy in knowing that you’re making a difference is priceless.”
For more information about our current openings and our future projects, visit our web site at www.cghs.org and click on Volunteers. You can fill out a volunteer application on-line or stop by the Shelter. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Wednesday and Sunday, when we are closed. If you have questions about volunteering, call Becky at (518) 828-6044 ext. 102.