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August 2023 Volunteer Feature - Megan K.

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

The Partners For Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Hancock County would not be who we are without our amazing volunteers. This blog will allow you to get to know one of our volunteers, Megan!

Megan’s love for animals is supported by her two sons and husband who know firsthand how much she loves animals. Her love for animals is so strong she was a vet tech for 10 years in the shelter world before she had children. Despite living in different states, Megan and her husband have fostered animals for 14 years!

Over the last four years, Megan has been working as a SPED IA in an elementary school and started to foster and volunteer for PAWS in the Spring of 2022.

We asked Megan about her volunteer and foster experience with PAWS. Below are Megan’s responses.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Megan and her family currently have four foster kittens in their care and recently adopted a rescue dog! The foster kittens include two black, one calico, and one grey kitten. Their rescue dog is an adorable Shih Tzu named Pepperoni.

Pepperoni was rescued from a hostile breeding situation and at first, was very scared. But after lots of love and patience,

Pepperoni is a happy, sweet pup!

(A photo of Pepperoni is shown to the right.)

What animal would you consider to be your spirit animal?

Megan said her spirit animal would be a horse! She grew up riding horses and has always admired their strength, free spirit, speed, and beauty.

Finish the sentence:

“I realized I wanted to volunteer with PAWS when…”

“I initially spoke with Renee and saw how passionate she was about the organization. I love that PAWS is local and, although they may be a smaller rescue, they are doing big things! PAWS has a long history, a wonderful mission, and is run by hard-working people who want to make a difference.”

What have you gained from your volunteer experience with PAWS Hancock?

Since the Spring of 2022, Megan has gained new friends and witnessed firsthand how teamwork can make the dream work. She shared with PAWS that she has enjoyed collaborating with other volunteers on PAWS projects as well as fostering cats and kittens.

(A photo of some kittens Megan has fostered for PAWS is to the left.)

In your opinion, why is it important to have a community of volunteers to support PAWS?

Megan believes that volunteers helping is what makes PAWS successful. The time, ideas, donations, and hard work that volunteers provide are what keep PAWS functioning and thriving!

The animals that PAWS supports and cares for, also change the lives of those in the community. If interested in volunteering, please visit the PAWS of Hancock County - Get Involved webpage. Filling out the volunteer application would make Megan and all of PAWS do a happy dance!

What annual PAWS event do you look forward to each year?

While Megan was unable to attend the PAWS Pool Party last year, she shared that the event looks like a ton of fun!

To learn more about the 2023 PAWS Pool Party, click here.

What are your favorite parts about volunteering with PAWS?

Megan’s favorite part about volunteering/fostering with PAWS is the animals! She finds fostering a lot of fun and very enjoyable. She shared that being able to take care of animals in need has been very rewarding. She also loves that her two boys can help her make an impact on the animals’ lives!

Megan also enjoys helping promote PAWS on social media and talking about the PAWS mission at adoption events. Watching animals find their forever homes and the new adopter's joy is a great experience!

(A photo of Megan and her two sons is to the left.)

If you are interested in volunteering with PAWS of Hancock County, please view all volunteer opportunities on the PAWS Get Involved webpage. If you have any questions, please email

How would you define what it means to be a volunteer and/or an animal foster?

When we asked Megan this question, she gave us the following response.

“To volunteer means to donate your time to help someone in need. Whether it’s a few hours a month or a week or every day by taking an animal into your home, every bit helps!”


We are grateful to have supporters like Megan and their contributions to the success of PAWS! Thank you, Megan, for all you do!

To learn more about how you can support Partners For Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Hancock County, visit and/or email All animals under the care of PAWS, except for the cats in PetSmart, are in foster homes.

We are able to positively impact the lives of animals and people through the love and care of our fosters & volunteers.


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