Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Names: Ariel, Kay and Nina

Volunteer Since: Ariel: Eight months, Kay: Four years, Nina: Seven years

Volunteer Specialty: Ariel: Cats, Kay & Nina: Dogs

Personal Pets: Ariel Cats, Kay two West Highland Terriers & Nina a Golden Retriever among other animals.

Photo of Volunteers Nina, Kay and Ariel


This past summer, Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter brought onboard 25 new volunteers! The new volunteers were scheduled at various times every day of the week. Although initial volunteer training is done by staff, we rely on other volunteers to mentor new volunteers, especially during their first few weeks of service. This helps new volunteers become skilled and confident in working with our adoptable dogs and cats. It is also a great way for them to get to know fellow volunteers. Many of our existing volunteers stepped up to help mentor new volunteers on their shifts, however a few volunteers went above and beyond, changing their own shift or coming in at an additional time to help. Ariel, Kay and Nina rearranged their own schedules in order to give more time to help the shelter at times when we couldn’t have done it without them.

We invest a lot of training time into our volunteers and we are grateful to Ariel, Kay and Nina for helping us with that investment!