Honoring Newington volunteer Dorrie Mitchell
Dorrie Mitchell was nowhere near home when she decided she needed to volunteer at the Connecticut Humane Society. In fact, she was on a trip in Chicago—a visit to an animal shelter there sparked an interest to get more involved with pets.
And so when she got back to New England, she joined the volunteer team at CHS, since it’s where she’d adopted one of her cats. This month, it’s exactly 12 years since that December day when Dorrie started making an impact on CHS pets.
Dorrie is a master multi-tasker around here. As a lifelong lover of felines, Dorrie initially got involved with CHS’ cat cuddling volunteer program. The bulk of her time has been spent giving love and attention to cats and kittens waiting to be adopted.
But over the years, Dorrie has dabbled in other volunteer jobs, from working in the kitten maternity ward, to fostering cats and kittens in her own home (with the help of husband Dana), to assisting in CHS’ busy laundry room, to driving pets to off-site medical appointments with specialists, to joining in at various events and fundraisers.
A retired accountant, Dorrie has a special knack for details and has been an enormous help to CHS when it comes to the behind-the-scenes paperwork part of things. She’s assisted with processing holiday donations and works with the Development team to make sure donation records are up to date. Most recently, she helped scan thousands of old adoption records into the computer so CHS could go paperless. Dorrie enjoys creating order from chaos, and thrives in roles that others may consider tedious. Her willingness to help wherever and whenever has made her an invaluable asset to the pets and people of CHS.
Dorrie’s contributions to the community go far beyond her involvement with CHS: She volunteers for the West Hartford Library, sings in the New England Chamber Choir, and she and her husband serve on the Board of Directors for the Suffield Players theater group. They both enjoy astronomy and travel and have combined those two interests on five “eclipse trips.” Dorrie and her husband have shared their home with 14 felines over the years, including their current cat, Giles, who was rescued from a feral cat colony because he was such a friendly little guy.
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