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MetroPets runs exclusively on the steam of our volunteers' time and energy and expertise. We are blessed with wonderfully talented people.
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This month, meet Mary Portelly, web volunteer!

Mary, Ken, Troop
Me, with my husband, Ken and lab mix Troop at the 2001 Bark Ball.

My husband and I adopted Casper 8 years ago from the Humane Society of Fairfax County - from a girl who (in my opinion) was doing a wonderful thing with her spare time - so once Casper was settled into our home, I decided to start volunteering too and have never looked back!

For my paying job, I am a computer programmer and for the past few years, I have been getting into web development so I now also update the website for the SPCA of Northern Virginia. I find this extremely rewarding and still get a thrill every time I hear that an animal was placed because the person saw him/her on the website.

Capser is a husky mix. He got me started volunteering in animal welfare.

On the Metropets site, the main pages that I work on are the "Ask Sage" section, the Dog Park page and the Having Fun with your Dog page.

I love "Ask Sage" because it enriches the pet owning experience for the readers and (indirectly) helps animals stay in their homes. The other two mirror my favorite activities!

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