Volunteer of the Month

We recognize volunteers on a monthly basis for their outstanding contribution to the League. Each month staff members nominate volunteers for consideration and take a vote at the monthly staff meeting. At the end of the year the winners will become candidates for Volunteer of the Year.

Mary Converse

Congratulations to our August 2019 Volunteer of the Month, Mary Converse! Mary has been a dedicated volunteer with the League for 4 years supporting the Animal Care staff by doing Laundry and dishes nearly every Wednesday morning. Fun fact: Mary’s support of the League goes back over 40 years. Here’s what she had to share….

“My husband Ray and I live in Arlington with two adorable AWLA feline alums, Maggie and Chessie. Our very first AWLA cat, Nicky, chose us when he batted his paw at us through his wire cage. This was in the early 70’s when the cat quarters were quite rustic. Since then, six more endearing cats from AWLA have joined our family, earning the shelter a warm spot in my heart.

Although we give regular monetary contributions to AWLA, retirement gave me the opportunity also to help the shelter with my time. So most Wednesday mornings find me washing and folding animal laundry: barrels of towels, blankets, cat beds, wash cloths, tennis balls, stuffed animals, more stuffed animals! Stationed in the same room as the dog kitchen, I also wash and sterilize dog food and water bowls.

The laundry shift has its perks. I enjoy interacting with the incredibly busy, caring staff and other volunteers, and meeting many of the adoptable animals made famous on the AWLA Facebook page. And playing with puppies! And — sometimes there are surprises in the laundry bathroom. Like feral cats. Or chickens. Or the six-foot Boa Constrictor awaiting the wildlife rehabber (yes, really.)

Away from AWLA, I enjoy petting our fur babies, reading, taking painting classes, hiking, and yoga. For more fun, sometimes it’s yoga with kittens or baby goats!

Congratulations again Mary; we can’t thank you enough and we appreciate all that you do for the League!

Volunteer of the Year

Lance Ludwick

Congratulations to our 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Lance Ludwick!  Lance has been a dedicated volunteer with the League for more than 10 years. He started as a Front Desk/Adoptions Counselor and Special Events volunteer but after a year and half, he moved his focus to data entry and other office assistance. Our volunteers are invaluable and our behind-the-scenes volunteers are no exception.

For years now, not only has Lance been a diligent AWLA Rabies Clinic volunteer but he is the person who enters all of the clinic client and animal information into Petpoint, the League’s shelter software/database. Lance will tell you, “I enjoy the office work and computer input. It keeps my mind sharp and challenged.”

Lance’s favorite part of volunteering at AWLA is the fact that it led him to meet his kitty, Patience. In the fall of 2008, Patience was found abandoned and badly injured. She received the name, Patience, because of how well she tolerated the daily care she needed by the League’s medical staff. Although there were many complications that went along with her injuries, she finally healed enough to go up for adoption in January 2009. Despite Lance being a “dog guy,” he met her, immediately fell in love and signed the adoption paperwork to take her home right away. Lance says that “Patience is how AWLA has changed my life in a large way, and now she is the queen of the castle.”

Congratulations again Lance; we can’t thank you enough and we appreciate all that you do for the League!