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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 Patti Mugavero, Volunteer Coordinator!

Patti, Scout and Mira

I am an animal lover from way back. Growing up, we had a cat, a rabbit, a bird, a turtle, dogs, and all kinds of fish. I would also ride horses every chance I got. My husband Tom and I currently have three cats and two Samoyeds we adopted from Midatlantic Samoyed Rescue, and we are the temporary parents of an adorable four month old Samoyed puppy that Rescue is seeking a home for. I also keep a supply of bird seed and squirrel food on hand to feed the wonderful assortment of wild creatures that visit our yard.

Lukas is looking for a home

My tenure with MetroPets began after I heard Anne on WAMU's Heart to Heart volunteer drive talking about MetroPets and their need for a volunteer coordinator. Anne and I got together to talk about the group and some of the things that she needed a volunteer coordinator to do. Ever since, I have been learning more about the group, meeting volunteers, and sending weekly e-mails soliciting volunteers for a variety of current needs.

Walking to support the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

My first "big" project was to organize the Volunteer Orientation at the end of March. I was pleased that so many people braved the snow to come out, and it was great to meet the volunteers face-to-face. I am currently working on ways to make the Volunteer Corner feature of the web site more interactive.

In addition to volunteering with MetroPets and Samoyed Rescue, I also volunteer with the Equine Rescue League in Leesburg. Professionally, I am a banking attorney but would like to figure out how I can have a career that also lets me work with animals.

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