‘Small army’ of volunteers makes big impact at Front Street Animal Shelter 

A service group of nearly 100 volunteers from the Deloitte company recently completed an array of important improvement projects at Front Street Animal Shelter.

Work included repainting the shelter’s intake building, installing artificial turf in dog play yards, bathing dogs, planting flowers, building dog beds and painting pawprints on the ground to guide visitors to adoptable animal buildings.

The company also donated the majority of supplies required.

“These were much-needed projects we have wanted to complete for a while now,” said shelter manager Phillip Zimmerman. “We feel very fortunate to have a supportive business community, and this tremendous effort by the Deloitte company is a prime example of that.”

This was the largest service group in the shelter’s history, according to Jennifer Magaña, one of the shelter’s volunteer coordinators. With such a large number of volunteers, the group was able to complete the work in five hours.

“We were stunned by how much got done in such a short period of time,” Magaña said. “The power of volunteers can’t be overstated.”

In addition to service groups, Front Street has more than 1,000 active volunteers who have logged more than 40,000 hours so far this year.

Volunteer opportunities range from walking dogs, socializing cats, doing adoption counseling, washing dishes, doing laundry, kennel cleaning and more.

For more information about the shelter’s volunteer program, please visit the shelter’s volunteer page.

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