The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre held a volunteer appreciation event on April 11 at the Petawawa Civic Centre. Brian And Norma Miner, and Lea and Doug Thompson have been volunteering for 20 years. Foster the dog enjoyed the evening as well. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre salutes volunteers

By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Within just the past 16 months, volunteers have devoted over 2,361 hours at the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre.

And those are just the volunteer hours that have been logged; many more spend time without recording their efforts, said  Ontario SPCA Community Development Coordinator Heather Jobe.

Yet registered or not, these hours allow the animal centre’s residents to thrive and ultimately find forever homes.

“I wouldn’t doubt that the actual number is considerably higher,” said Jobe. 

To thank the volunteers for their commitment, the local Ontario SPCA held a special celebration on April 11 at the Petawawa Civic Centre. Without the help of these kind souls, the centre would be in dire straits.  

“Whenever I need anything or ask anything, you guys jump in,” said Jobe to the volunteers in attendance.

“You don’t question anything. You just go, ‘O.k., Heather.’ That means a lot to us.”

The centre may be small, but the force behind it is mighty, she added. Whether it’s hands-on care, fostering or helping with fundraising, their efforts make a huge difference.

Having an evening of food and fun to thank these volunteers was imperative to Jobe and the guests were also invited to bring their beloved dogs. The event’s entertainment included a series of casino games put on by Cricket’s Canine Country Club, tailored with the pups in mind. 

The pizza dinner was donated by Domino’s and the personalized cookies were provided by Sweetened by Shelly. Little touches and details such as candy and puns were set around the room, intended to make the volunteers feel extra special.

“We really couldn’t do what we do without you,” said Jobe.

Though all the volunteers make a difference, four volunteers in particular are a staple at the centre. Brian and Norma Miner and Lea and Doug Thompson have given 20 years of dedicated service, helping out whenever and however they are needed.

“I hope you stick around for another 20,” said Jobe.