Centre County PAWS recently honored several volunteers during an awards breakfast.
Deb Bezilla was honored for her 34 years as a volunteer; she has been with the organization since it opened. Ali Schwartz was honored for logging in the most hours in 2014, with 937.
According to PAWS, volunteer hours were up, with the group logging 39,144 hours in 2014 over 2013’s 25,491 hours. PAWS administrators estimate the 2014 volunteer hours were worth about $285,000.
Animal adoptions were up as well, with 390 cat adoptions and 352 dog adoptions in 2014, over 2013’s 330 cat adoptions and 272 dog adoptions.
The organization will train those interested in volunteering and has openings for cat and dog-care volunteers. Also needed is someone to sit at the front desk, although the center is unable to accommodate those seeking community service hours. Available shifts include 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. on weekends; and 4:45-7 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Email Elaine Cassin at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a volunteer training session or for more information.
Centre County PAWS said it is committed to finding forever homes for cats and dogs, educating citizens on responsible pet ownership, providing spay/neuter assistance and ending pet overpopulation.
1. Emily Carrello, Alyse Fong and Mike Warner
2. Polly Daniels and Barbara Shuey