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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 Suzanne Myers.

Suzanne Myers and Hampton
Suzanne Myers and Hampton

Saving an animal's life is such an amazing feeling.   I adopted my first shelter dog, Shawn, over 20 years ago.   Shawn was a wonderful border collie mix who even attended Virginia Tech with me.   When he passed away in 1997, I began volunteering for the Partnership for Animal Welfare in Maryland.   My first attempt at fostering resulted in the adoption of my current dog, Hampton.   Hampton is a border collie/newfoundland/lab mix.   I fostered a couple other dogs and participated in numerous adoptions with PAW.   Most rewarding was fostering a border collie mix named Snoopy.   He had run out of time at a Maryland shelter and they asked if PAW could take him in.   I volunteered and picked him up at the shelter that night.   He was an important part of our home for a short time, then he found his forever home with a wonderful couple.  


Hampton and I currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, and love the fact that it is so dog-friendly.   There are plenty of things to do with your dog in Alexandria, such as visiting dog parks, doggie happy hours, and the many events sponsored by the local shelters.   Here is a picture of us at the AWLA Doggie Derby Day in 2002.   I am always looking for ways to do volunteer work that includes Hampton.   This is what lead me to Metropets.   My first experience with Metropets was volunteering at their table at the Animal Rights Conference in June 2001.   I enjoyed meeting the other volunteers and learning about MetroPets.   I enjoy volunteering for MetroPets because it is an organization that helps so many other rescue groups in the DC area.   Hampton and I have volunteered at a few other events where MetroPets has exhibited and I have participated in Pets in Pearls and some of the social activities for volunteers.


Earlier this year, Hampton and I began volunteering with Fairfax Pets on Wheels.   We visit the Leewood Healthcare Center and try to bring a little joy into the residents' day.   We also help this organization in other ways, such as participating in their fundraising activities.


In my professional life I am a human resources manager with the American Society of Clinical Oncology.   I have been working in human resources in the not-for-profit sector for most of my career.

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