VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK: Kate Hanes encourages saving lives – The Vicksburg Post
This week, the Vicksburg Post Volunteer of the Week is Kate Hanes, who volunteers at the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter.. The City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter houses unwanted or stray animals while helping them find their forever home. At the animal shelter, there is also a foster program that allows individuals to provide animals with personal attention and care until adoption. Hanes and her husband have three “mostly adult” children, four dogs and two cats. She is an office manager for a pallet company. If Hanes has free time, she enjoys gardening and building things out of wood.
“I’ve loved animals all my life,” Hanes said.
How did you hear about the foster program with the animal shelter?
I contacted Kacie Tingle Lindsey at Vicksburg Animal Shelter because I had five abandoned puppies that were about five weeks old. (She) had a rescue, but she needed a foster family. She asked me if I would be willing to take in the puppies and I agreed. I really didn’t know anything about the foster care program. I was a little nervous if I could actually take care of these five puppies with my own dogs, but I managed and took care of these puppies until it was time for them to come to their rescue . (Lindsey) was very helpful during this time. She was and still is very easy to work with.
How long have you been a volunteer?
I have been volunteering for the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter since August 2020.
What is your favorite host family memory?
I have so many fond memories of working with these animals. I think my favorite is when a mom I was fostering gave birth to puppies at my house. I was thrilled to give her and the puppies a safe place, but so nervous for them at the same time. I got to watch these puppies grow and become independent until it was time for them to go to a forever home. The puppies have been adopted and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that they are in a home and not on the street.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a host family?
Welcoming animals is a serious commitment, but very rewarding. By becoming a responsible foster home, you can restore confidence, hope and love to an animal. It fills your heart and is very gratifying to know that you have helped save lives. It’s easy to get attached, but if you’re serious about fostering, you need to let go so you can help other animals.
What are your tasks when raising animals?
I offer structure and animal care. I take them to the vet, I walk around, I play with them, I feed them and I love them as if they were mine. I have nothing to pay unless I want to. Food and supplies are given to me.
What have you learned from volunteering with this organization?
Since volunteering for the animal shelter, I have learned the importance of foster care. Placement saves lives. (Lindsey) works hard to place these abandoned animals in a safe and loving home. Placement helps them get there. We need more people to help us. An animal cannot be pulled by a rescue until there is a foster family available. People think they’re going to get stuck with an animal, but that’s temporary. I have taken in 21 puppies and 10 dogs since I started.
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