runs exclusively on the steam of our volunteers' time and
energy and expertise. We are blessed with wonderfully talented
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This month, meet Suzanne Myers.
Myers and Hampton
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.
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.
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.
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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