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July 2023 Volunteer Feature - Carol H.

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, Carol!

Carol is retired and spends time volunteering at the local food pantry, PAWS, Bentley’s Buddies, and her church. Carol became a volunteer with PAWS in 2006. She realized she wanted to volunteer for PAWS when she heard about our spay/neuter program and PAWS' mission for rescuing animals.

PAWS asked Carol about her volunteer experience with PAWS. Below are Carol’s responses.

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

The photo to the left was taken at the 2022 PAWS Pet Photos with Santa event and features two of Carol’s dogs. The dog on the right is Simon who is a 4-year-old beagle and the dog on the left is Rambo who was a 16-year-old papillon. Unfortunately, Rambo passed away last year. Rambo was Carol’s first helper in Bentley’s Buddies

What animal would you consider to be your spirit animal?

Carol let us know that a dog would be her spirit animal. Dogs tend to symbolize loyalty and friendship.

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

Carol has gained many rewards through her volunteer experience. One of the rewards she shared was the many new friendships she has built. Carol enjoys helping out wherever she can because of the joy volunteering brings her.

Carol has built many companionships with the entire PAWS family and very much enjoys spending time with them all volunteering.

The photo to the left shows Carol with her beagle, Simon.

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

Carol shared that the more volunteers there are, the easier the workload! It is important to spread the word about PAWS’ mission and the impact PAWS has on the community.

PAWS of Hancock County is an organization that cares for animals and the community. The animals that PAWS supports and cares for, also change the lives of those in the community.

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

The annual event Carol looks forward to each year is the Riley Festival in Greenfield, IN.

Each year at the Riley Festival, PAWS has a vendor tent with one of the most PAWesome sales of the year! Items from the PAWS store are taken to the vendor tent to share/sell to the festival attendees. PAWS welcomes any help we can for the vendor tent at the Riley Festival.

The photo to the left shows Carol’s dog, Rambo, with Nancy Rubio at one of the former Riley Days Festivals.

What are your favorite parts about volunteering with PAWS?

Carol shared that her favorite part is making catnip toys and merchandise for the festivals, the PAWS store, and various vendor booths hosted throughout the year.

Carol has fostered a few dogs over the years and she mentioned that it is always great to see them leave the shelter and find a forever home.

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

How would you respond if someone told you they were interested in volunteering with PAWS Hancock?

Carol asks that those interested in volunteering for PAWS to please join us! She emphasized that there are so many rewarding experiences for the volunteers. The more help the PAWS family has means the better and bigger impacts can be made!


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. PAWS would like to give a special thank you to Carol for her passion and all she does for PAWS, animals, and our community! We are grateful we can share stories like Carol’s with the community!


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