To The Daily Sun,
Working at New Hampshire Humane Society is so incredibly rewarding, given we have the ability to affect the lives of the most vulnerable who arrive at our doors. Daily as an organization staffed with people who truly care and have that "fire in the belly" commitment to the animals we are pledged to serve, we heal those creatures who are downtrodden, bearing the signs of human neglect and indifference, and those simply unwanted that deserve a second chance.
Taking care of the cats, dogs, puppies and kittens, always our first priority demands significant resource.
Ensuring the physical and emotional needs are met for all our shelter animals happens in large part due to the thousands of hours given selflessly by our volunteers who work, shoulder to shoulder with our staff. Witness the army of orange clad T-shirted and sweat-shirted people, some wearing flashy Wellington boots, many with the mark of a true dog lover, training leashes strapped crosswise over their bodies, these stalwart individuals are indeed our most precious resource — our volunteers.
Volunteers represent every generation and are immersed in every aspect of the New Hampshire Humane Society. They clean the living quarters of the shelter animals, bath dogs, maintain the grounds, walk, exercise and train our dogs. Volunteers provide enrichment for our shy and fearful cats, foster new feline mothers and babies. They are in the schools, libraries and other community sites teaching to the next generation the finer points of responsible pet ownership and empathy to all animals.
They staff events such as our community rabies clinics, craft fairs, off site adoption meet and greets, and so many other gigs, large and small. Volunteers actively participate on NHHS committees: Auction, Safety, Finance, Education & Outreach. The highest level of volunteerism is, of course, our vibrant and engaged board of D\directors.
While our staff works tirelessly to care for more than 1,200 creatures each year, volunteers provide that extra connection these animals need. New Hampshire Humane Society volunteers are the jewel in our animal welfare organizations' crown, logging over 10,000 hours of service in 2015.
On behalf of my staff, the board of directors, our donors and supporters, but most of all the little fury faces that watch with trepidation the daily hustle and bustle that is shelter life, I wanted to extend a warm and heartfelt 'thank you' to all who make up this wonderfully special group.
For information about the volunteer program check out the Society website www.nhhumane.org.
Marylee Gorham-Waterman, Executive Director
New Hampshire Humane Society