Feature Volunteer: Pam

Pam volunteers as Canine Outreach Coordinator, Dog Adoption Counsellor and is also a Fundraising Committee member; having previously been on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Human Resources Committee and Board Operations.  In her role as Canine Outreach Coordinator, Pam is a true advocate for dogs and frequently helps with dog transportation. She is shown here in Thunder Bay (with a puppy too young to fly), when she assisted in bringing 8 orphan puppies, a mum and her 7 pups, along with 10 cats, to Collingwood from Northern Manitoba and Thunder Bay where their prospects were bleak.

How long have you been volunteering with the GTHS? 

I started volunteering in January 2015, shortly after moving to Collingwood. 

What keeps you coming back?

Feeling like I’m making a difference. When we bring in dogs, either from our local community or working with other rescues in Northern Manitoba, it’s a huge sense of fulfillment that you’re contributing in some manner to a dog’s journey on their way to a forever home. That gives me heartfelt joy!

What pets do you share your life with?

 I have 2 dogs – Honey and Millie and 3 cats – Oliver, Abby and Ashley.  Millie and Ashley were adopted from the GTHS.

Where are you from? When did you move to the area?  

I was born in Toronto but raised in Sault Ste Marie, so consider myself a Northern girl. Living on the water in my retirement was always a goal. As life ‘happens’ those goals shift somewhat, but I do have a condo on the water; and the lifestyle in Collingwood and the sense of community and belonging resonates with my inner ‘small town girl’.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be a super athlete, so that will have to be for my next life. 

What is your idea of the best day ever?

Eating all the sweets I want and losing weight!!

What’s your favourite pastime (hobby)?

Volunteering at the shelter – I love working with the team here – and also enjoy biking and golfing. 

Do you have any phobias or fears?

Just spiders – not really a phobia or fear – just don’t like them. 

If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be?

My Mum (she’s my celebrity) – I miss her every day. 

Thank you Pam, for all you do for the GTHS!

To volunteer at the GTHS, like Pam, click here for details: https://www.gths.ca/volunteer/ 

If you’re thinking to add to your family, check out the needy cats and dogs currently waiting to find their fur-ever home. Your purrfect match could be waiting for you right now! https://www.gths.ca/animals-for-adoption/

Alternatively, help raise funds for the 1300 cats and dogs we care for annually and have some outdoor fun at the same time, by participating at our 2019 Friends for Life Walkathonhttps://www.gths.ca/2019-friends-for-life-walkathon/

Stay informed on GTHS events, initiatives and programs. Learn how the GTHS team is serving the pets and people of the South Georgian Bay Area. Read heart-warming Happy Tails about GTHS Alumni. See a lot of really cute pictures of dogs and cats!