Honoring Waterford Volunteer, Shanna Klemenz
Wash, dry, fold, visit some pets, repeat. Now that’s the way to get laundry done! And it's part of Shanna Klemenz’s routine at the Connecticut Humane Society in Waterford.
In her short time volunteering with CHS' Waterford Pet Wellness and Adoption Center, she’s made a big impression on the CHS team. Since joining the volunteer crew in October, she’s become known for her roll-up-my-sleeves-and-get-things-done attitude, her perpetual positivity and her total dedication to the pets.
She always begins her Saturday biological risk management shift (fancy term for making sure the building is spic and span) with a smile for the staff and fellow volunteers and a desire to make a difference in the appearance of CHS Waterford. Shanna has made it her personal quest to have the laundry room in tip-top shape, continually organizing the space and making sure the laundry is correctly folded (not an easy feat!). Though not on the pet care frontlines, the role is crucial to operations. CHS washers and dryers are constantly cycling and filled with bedding and linens pets have been laying on, and the sinks are often full of dog toys, water bowls and pet carriers that need to be scrubbed before another animal uses them.
But you will also find Shanna beyond the laundry room at CHS Waterford because she’s always willing to lend a helping hand and assist staff with anything that’s asked of her. She even comes in on holidays—an above-and-beyond gesture greatly appreciated by both staff and pets.
A nanny and pet-sitter by day, Shanna has a huge passion for pets—not just the dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other small animals found at CHS, but even those of the barnyard variety. Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is to “hang out and talk to the chickens” she has at home!
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