Most of the volunteers at West Suburban Humane
Society volunteer every week or every other weekend on a regular shift . While these volunteers provide essential care and socialization for our animals , day in and day out , WSHS also relies on volunteers to promote our organization , to provide humane education to the community , and to work behind the scenes to keep our adoption center in great shape .
Stray Thoughts Spring 2022
to his goal of a career in veterinary science . To gain more experience , Danny now shadows with our animal care team every Thursday . On these afternoons , he helps feed the dogs and cats ; he performs weekly wellness checks on the animals , including trimming nails , cleaning ears , and monitoring weights , and he facilitates appointments with potential adopters . Danny is headed to the University of Missouri next year to study animal science . His dream is to become a veterinarian and he will most likely specialize in small animals . We are thankful for Danny ’ s compassion and happy to be a part of his journey .
WSHS recently had the pleasure of hosting three groups of volunteers from Giant Steps in Lisle . Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school that serves students and families affected by autism spectrum disorders .
Danny discovered his passion for animal care … spending time with the cats and kittens , helping them become comfortable while at the adoption center , has been the highlight of his week .
Danny Hatlestad is our newest animal care student . While volunteering on Tuesday evenings with his mom Bridget in our cattery , Danny discovered his passion for animal care . Spending time with the cats and kittens , helping them become comfortable while at the adoption center , has been the highlight of his week . Danny ’ s experiences with WSHS have led him
On three different weeks , adult students and their teachers spent the morning with our cats , dogs , and shift volunteers . The students cleaned litterboxes , filled water bowls , mopped floors , stocked food in the prep room , filled litter storage bins , removed the snowflake decals from the lobby windows , and stuffed doggie Easter eggs for our upcoming event at Two Bostons . And , of course , the students spent lots of time with the animals , playing with the kittens , loving the adult cats , and throwing a ball for dogs Ginger and Beignet . Each student had a different skill set and all of them enjoyed their time at the adoption center . We enjoyed having them as well and loved hearing about the animals that are a part of their lives at home .