Riverside, CA, April 30, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (MSRPAC) has named Betsy Sharp of Riverside the organization’s volunteer of the year. Executive Director Denise Perry and Volunteer Services Manager Jackie Lamirande presented the 2012 Friend of the Animals Award to Sharp on April 22 at the annual volunteer recognition party.
“Betsy is an integral part of our team of volunteers,” Lamirande said. “She is always willing to lend a hand whether it’s assisting in the cattery or helping to mentor the new volunteers. She is what volunteering is all about. We are fortunate and proud to have her as one of our valued volunteers.”
Retired from Riverside County Public Administrator/Coroner’s Office, Sharp spends three days a week at MSRPAC where she has been a volunteer since 2008. Working mainly with the center’s feline residents, she is a cat socializer and whisperer and a mentor of volunteers entering the cat socialization program. Additionally, she prepares pet food in MSRPAC’s Chuck Waggin’ Pet Meals program which is delivered to homebound cat and dog owners through Meals on Wheels.
Sharp’s volunteerism at the center also has included conducting humane education tours for school groups and participating in the center’s new-member drive.
Asked why she chose to volunteer at MSRPAC, Sharp replied, “I love being around animals and always wanted to work with them. When I retired and was looking for such an opportunity, I learned of the volunteer program at the Pet Adoption Center and knew that was the place for me.”
“I worked with both dogs and cats when I first started, but gravitated to the cats,” she added. “Cats are different than dogs. They don’t show emotion as obviously as dogs, but they really are social animals and love human attention. I enjoy watching them blossom over time and show their personalities.”
Sharp’s love of animals continues at home, as well, which she shares with seven cats and one dog.
Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Pet Adoption Center can visit www.petsadoption.com where a downloadable application form is available, or call the Volunteer Services office at 951-688-4340 ext. 306.
The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center is a non-profit, public benefit charitable organization serving communities in Riverside County and beyond. As the largest no-kill pet adoption organization in Riverside County, the Center accepts owner turn-ins of cats and dogs and transfers from local animal-control agencies. Prior to adoption, each animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, evaluated for behavior issues, and microchipped. Each animal also is monitored for physical, emotional and mental health, and receives ongoing socialization.