Last year, National Volunteer Appreciation Week looked unlike any year prior. The SPCA Serving Erie County chose to continue serving the community as effectively as possible while the county…and the world…continued navigating a worldwide pandemic. Our volunteers stood by, ready and willing to help us continue to serve the people and animals of our community in whatever way possible. This year during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, as we continue to rebuild and restructure, we take a look back at last year’s efforts and again thank our volunteers for their dedication, their loyalty, their smiles, and most of all, for their love.

Day 3, April 20 [Reposted April 19, 2022]

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
— Audrey Hepburn

 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Gandhi

 “Volunteering is at the very core of being a human.  No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.”
– Heather French Henry

Today’s appreciation post come to us from Vice President of Veterinary Services Melanie Rushforth:

Since the work of the SPCA Serving Erie County never stopped throughout the COVID pandemic, the need to serve animals in crisis was constant.  Volunteers in the Veterinary Services Department ensured the duties within the infirmary and Lipsey Veterinary Clinic never stalled.  These volunteers take on hard work and do it with endless compassion.  We could not function without them.

In these photos, courtesy of Communications Manager Bethany Kloc, we see Barbara, infirmary and foster care volunteer, waking up a dog named Cavalier (seriously, that’s his name!) after his neuter surgery; and Renee, waking up two cats after their spay/ neuter surgeries.

Thank you to the volunteers in this department and ALL departments of the SPCA, for working so hard to help the animals of our community.

–Gina Lattuca, SPCA Chief Communications Officer