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Featured Volunteers

At North Shore Animal League America we know that without our dedicated volunteers, we could not do all that we do to help animals. Whether it's helping out walking a dog, cleaning cages, or lending an extra hand in the office, our volunteers are a vital resource.

Below are a few stories highlighting the great work our volunteers do. Although these are just a few of the many volunteers we are fortunate to have on our team, to us and all the animals in our care, they are all superheroes!


Cathy Cole

One of the volunteers you’ll always find lending a helping hand when rescues arrive is Cathy Cole. For the last 4 ½ years, the former attorney has been donating her time to improving the lives of the puppies and dogs rescued from the inhumanity of life in commercial breeding facilities. Many of these animals spend years of their lives trapped in rusty wire cages, with little to no positive human interaction. This is where Cathy and many other selfless volunteers have the biggest impact on the lives of these homeless animals in desperate need.
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Stephanie King

It was a cloudy Thursday morning as Stephanie King pulled up to the Association for Children with Down Syndrome School; walking into the school, she did not know what to expect. For years leading up to her first Shelter Pet Outreach Team (SPOT) visit, Stephanie had gotten her sea legs in the puppy room. Broadening her horizons and wishing to help out wherever possible, Stephanie quickly branched out into the kennel. As Stephanie glanced around the room and the children that awaited her, she had no idea that this visit would completely change volunteering for her.
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Ted Lim

Ted Lim knows all too well how even the most unfortunate of events can lead to some of the brightest days. Shortly after having to give up his beloved dog because a severe car accident left him unable to care for him, Ted decided that if he couldn’t give all of his love to Luke, he’d become a volunteer and give it to the more than 350 animals temporarily living at North Shore Animal League America’s Port Washington, N.Y. campus.
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Robert & Cathy Kothe

There’s no question the differences between feline fanatics and canine enthusiasts are ever present, but Robert and Cathy Kothe, devoted foster parents at North Shore Animal League America, are quite the anomaly.
“There are times when we have five dogs in the house at once, but it all comes in ebbs and flows when you are a foster parent at an organization which takes in so many animals in need,” Robert said. He and his wife began fostering dogs for our organization back in June of 2014. Since then, they’ve provided temporary homes for 21 dogs, including Zeta, their first foster, who they wound up adopting. “We definitely consider ourselves “dog people,” but there’s something very ironic about that....”
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Eileen Hertwig: Pawing It Forward Since 2014

Fourteen years ago, Eileen Hertwig adopted a German Shepherd mix puppy from North Shore Animal League America and named the handsome ball of fur, Rex. The unconditional love that Rex brought in to her life was so comforting that she decided to adopt another puppy three years later. This time she opened her heart and her home to an adorable lab mix named Cece. The two pups, now 14 and 11 years old, flooded Eileen’s life with so much happiness that she decided to give back to the organization that paired her with the pooches.
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Patricia Rome

When her second daughter went away to college in 2013, Patricia Rome was feeling the effects of a condition all too many parents experience when their children venture away from home for the first time; empty nest syndrome. Though not a clinical condition, Patricia knew she needed something to lift her spirits and take her mind off missing her kids. “I came across the North Shore Animal League America website one day while I was home and I sort of took that as a sign. I was missing my daughters and feeling like I needed something to fill that void, so I went down to the volunteer open house,” Patricia said. “The rest is history.”

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Natalia Gmuca

When Natalia Gmuca was just 16 years old, she was compelled to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Being an animal lover, she decided the best way to do that was sign up to be a volunteer at one of the places that specialize in such feats – North Shore Animal League America.
Now 23, the Queens resident is still making the drive every Friday evening to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus to care for all of the dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that count on her and the hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

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Fran Matinale & Bonnie Katz

Often referred to as the Lucy and Ethel of Animal League America because of their inseparable ways and lively demeanors, Bonnie and Fran began their journeys as Volunteers just a month apart from one another back in 2008. Since meeting during a fateful encounter in the Puppy Room, the veteran Volunteers have been using their upbeat personalities and unbridled passion for animal rescue to enrich the lives of our shelter pets each time they don their red shirts for a shift.

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Patricia Newill

Patricia began volunteering at North Shore Animal League America in 2011. Now retired, she was looking for something productive to do that would get her out of the house a few days a week, when a neighbor told her about Animal League America, and it all clicked. Since that day, Patricia has been continuing to live a life of service that she began more than 40 years ago.

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Kathy & Tom Myatt

Kathy Myatt and her husband Tom wanted to do something special when their beloved North Shore Animal League America Mutt-i-gree passed away in 2012. So, to honor Reggie, formally known around Animal League America as Matrix, the couple decided they would volunteer their time at the organization that provided them with the pets that would supply years of love and countless memories.

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Gloria Quay

This veteran volunteer, who started her selfless journey shortly after recovering from a triumphant battle with cancer, has contributed in so many areas around our Port Washington campus and on various off-site events that she should be referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of the Volunteer Program.

Learn more about Gloria