By Emily Strobel, PR Intern
Jennifer White believes that every animal deserves a great family and a place to call home, which is why she has volunteered at the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) for four years.
As a full-time nursing student at Spalding University with a husband, kids and pets, Jennifer is very busy. But still she finds time to help animals. She volunteers as a Canine Coach and helps with KHS special events, which raise money for KHS' lifesaving mission.
Jennifer's role as a Canine Coach includes socializing and exercising adult dogs and teaching them basic commands before they find their forever home.
"The help our Canine Coaches provide is truly invaluable," says KHS shelter pet behavior trainer Kat Rooks. "Jennifer's work in this capacity gives our dogs the opportunity to socialize with people and pets and learn basic appropriate behavior, making them more desirable to potential adopters."
Jennifer is also a dedicated volunteer at many events, such as Dog Day at the Park, Tuxes & Tails and Picture Your Pets with Santa. When KHS is in desperate need of event volunteers, Jennifer is always willing to pitch in.
"She really stepped up at Picture Your Pets with Santa this year," says Whitney Hobbs, KHS volunteer coordinator. "When another volunteer had to drop out as co-chair at one of the locations at the last minute, Jennifer stepped up and filled in. She did an amazing job and really kept everyone motivated."
Even though Jennifer is allergic to cats, she has two of her own at home, in addition to two dogs. She loves her pets as much as she loves every animal at KHS.
Jennifer and her stepdaughter both volunteer at the KHS Main Campus and "can't imagine not doing it." When people visit the shelter looking for a forever friend, Jennifer shares what she knows about the pets' behavior to help adopters find the perfect match.
"I am very passionate about animals," said Jennifer. "They do so much for us, and most people don't even realize it. I am interested in pet therapy and want to work that into my nursing career. I have always wanted a job that would allow me to bring my dog!"
Wherever Jennifer's career takes her, we are positive she will continue to make a positive difference for pets.
You Can Volunteer Too!
Want to help pets at the Kentucky Humane Society? Become a volunteer! We rely on our wonderful volunteers to walk dogs, socialize cats, take photos of adoptable pets, answer phones and work events. Our volunteers are paid in grateful cat purrs and dog kisses and find the experience very rewarding. Interested in learning more? Visit www.kyhumane.org or call 502-515-3145.