Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month, Mike Schmal!

“I started becoming involved with AWLA when my sister tricked me into fostering kittens for the Kitten Academy in 2017. After fostering around 20 kittens over the course of two years, I started looking into other ways of getting involved with AWLA. As a former dog owner now with no pets of my own, I went into it thinking volunteering was a great way to interact with dogs without the commitment of adopting one. I soon discovered, though, that nothing beats witnessing the joy a person shows when they meet and fall in love with a dog. I find it very rewarding and uplifting to play a small part in that”.

Congratulations again Mike; 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!