Honoring Newington Volunteer Sandy Molodetz
Dilbert just wanted to sleep by the heater. The 4-month-old pit bull mix felt so sick from his skin disease, he didn’t want to play or act like the energetic, bouncy puppy he was supposed to be.
Luckily, he had an amazing caregiver to nurse him back to health: Sandy Molodetz, a Connecticut Humane Society foster volunteer. With nearly 19 years of continuous service under her belt, Sandy is one of CHS’ most devoted team members.
After a few days of rest, medication and loving care, Dilbert was ready to act like a puppy! He was finally well enough to romp and tumble with Sandy’s 10-year-old lab— a sure sign he was on his way to recovery! Dilbert was just one of the more than 160 pets Sandy’s fostered in her home. Sandy and her family first signed up to foster in 1999, following a move to Connecticut from Syracuse.
As a lifelong animal lover, Sandy wanted to give back while teaching her kids to be caring and charitable. And it was a given that her future foster pets would become social butterflies, thanks to her four youngsters and their neighborhood friends.
Some of CHS’ most vulnerable pets have passed through Sandy’s home. As an experienced infant caregiver, Sandy has hand-raised dozens of kittens and puppies who were orphaned and needed to be bottle fed day and night.
Sandy has even joined the Enrichment program at the Newington Pet Wellness and Adoption Center and delivers special treats to pets as a way to reduce their stress and prevent boredom. While the volunteer work is rewarding in and of itself, Sandy says employees make her feel truly indispensable and that she’s making a difference.
It’s not a stretch to say their participation in CHS’ foster program has made a lasting impact on Sandy’s kids as well. They grew up around a constant stream of furry house guests with special needs and learned to show compassion and care for animals big and small. Even the neighborhood kids took part: They helped socialize the foster pets, learned about caring for infant animals, and organized Kool-Aid stands to fundraise for CHS.
Despite the many temptations, Sandy, who works as a landscaper part of the year, has only adopted one foster pet—a cat who’s now 8 years old. She also lives with the family’s now 14-year-old yellow lab who’s lent a paw in socializing the pets. And although Sandy’s children have left the nest, they still love when Mom brings home fosters.