I’m so excited to announce and recognize our SPCA Junior Board Members. These high-school students are going above and beyond in their commitment to make sure that the future of the SPCA and the animal welfare community is bright. Collectively, they represent six local schools. Together, they’ll work with staff and members of our community to learn about different aspects of animal welfare, brainstorm ways to get their peers and schools involved with the SPCA in new ways, plan and lead a mega-adoption event, form teams and fund raise for our 2015 Bow Wow Walk, and much more! Learn more about the Junior Board below!
2014/2015 Junior Board Members
How long have you been involved with the SPCA?
Audrey: I’ve been a volunteer at the SPCA for two years. Volunteering at the SPCA became a coming of age goal, and when I turned 14 I went to an orientation. My sister got her dog Sadie from the SPCA, and that’s when I started to volunteer. I also came on a field trip when I was in K-1 and I remember seeing a husky mix and being really enchanted by the whole experience.
Kelly: I have volunteered since the summer before ninth grade so a year and a half.
Juliet: I have been volunteering at the SPCA since September of 2014!
Grace: I have been a Junior Volunteer at the CASPCA for three years, but have been making donations and visiting forever!
Allie: I have been involved with the SPCA since a young age (doing bake sales etc. to raise money) but have been volunteering for about 6 months.
Laila: I have been involved with the SPCA since I moved to Charlottesville when I was eight years old. I’ve technically been a junior volunteer since September.
Lisa: I’ve been involved with the SPCA since Freshman year; about a year and a half.
Maggie: I have been volunteering at the SPCA for around two years.
Kiara: I have been involved with the SPCA for almost two years.
Ava: I have loved animals for as long as I remember. After attending the SPCA summer camp when I was in 3rd grade, I was
hooked on volunteering there. There were so many animals that needed love and new homes that I know I needed to help. Ever since then, I have been a foster parent to many puppies and kittens as well as helping to socialize older cats. I also volunteer several hours a month at the SPCA walking dogs, playing with cats, photographing animals, and volunteering at summer camps.
Claire: I have been involved with the SPCA for about a year.
Anna: I have been involved with the SPCA for about a year. I volunteer some weekends, and over the summer I helped with the summer camp for middle school students.
Why did you decide to volunteer at the SPCA?
Audrey: I’ve grown up loving animals and I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. At any social gathering, I could be found socializing with the nearest pet. Volunteering is a perfect fit because I get to meet a lot of neat animals and help them find a home.
Kelly: I decided to volunteer because I love animals and have been interested with the SPCA since I got my dog there when I was about 5. I just wanted to help animals get good homes like my dog got.
Juliet: I decided to volunteer at the SPCA because I not only love animals, but am very passionate about helping animals and giving them better lives. I want to make sure they live a healthy, happy life.
Grace: I volunteer at the SPCA because I love animals and believe that animal cruelty is a serious issue that does not get enough recognition.
Allie: I have always wanted to be a volunteer at the SPCA so when I turned 14 I decided to apply.
Laila: I decided to volunteer at the SPCA because of my love for animals and desire to give them a better life, and hopefully a loving family.
Lisa: I decided to volunteer because i love working with animals and its a great way form of community service.
Maggie: I decided to get involved because I had always thought the SPCA was important and when we needed volunteer hours for school I decided that it was the perfect opportunity.
Kiara: I decided to volunteer at the SPCA because a friend of mine who volunteers here told me about and I decided to join it and it’s been a blast!
Ava: The SPCA is a very special place filled with wonderful volunteers who love to care for animals. I knew I would fit in and be
able to love a lot of animals as a way of making their lives better and to help find them a permanent home. Every animal is precious and deserves love.
Claire: I decided to volunteer to get in hours for school/transcripts.
Anna: I love animals (especially cats) and I believe it is important to help animals and ensure that they live the happiest lives possible. I think that the SPCA is a wonderful opportunity to work with animals and make their lives better while also making a difference in the community.
What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the Junior Board?
Audrey: As a member of the Junior Board, my goal is to learn more about the administrative part of animal welfare. I grew up learning how animals think, now I get to learn how people think about animals.
Kelly: I hope to spread awareness of animals so that as many animals can get as many good homes. And I also want to make more bonds with people with my same interests.
Juliet: As a Junior Board member, I hope to help organize drives or events to raise money for the animals at the SPCA. I also want to help raise awareness of the SPCA and start an SPCA club at my school.
Grace: I hope to spread interest in volunteering, fundraising and adopting homeless animals, especially to high school students. I also hope to learn about what’s happening “behind-the-scenes” at the SPCA that makes it so successful.
Allie: As a member of the junior board I hope to get more teens involved with the SPCA, help get the SPCA more attention and fundraising, and meet people that share my passion for animals.
Laila: As a junior volunteer, I hope to raise awareness of these adorable pets in need of families, bring joy to the animals’ temporary home at the shelter, and give a helping hand.
Lisa: I hope to come up with helpful ideas, plans and activities for the SPCA.
Maggie: I hope to help out the community and obviously the animals at the SPCA and get more people in the community involved and helping out.
Kiara: What I hope to accomplish as a member of the junior board is that I want to become actively involved with the animals and staff here at the SPCA.
Ava: I hope to help with increasing awareness of how many cats and dogs need homes in our community, and to help fundraise to support the SPCA with its mission. I have also started an animal club at my high school and want to connect more high school volunteers with the SPCA.
Claire: I hope to help out the community.
Anna: I hope that I can convince others to volunteer and adopt in order to improve the lives of animals, and improve their own lives in the process.
Do you have any SPCA alum at home? (See pictures of their SPCA alum’s throughout the post!)
Audrey: I do have an SPCA alum at home! We adopted Jake the border collie/ setter mix this summer when he was about 4 months old. Jake is really smart and definitely my best friend. He loves to run and chase things, but he also enjoys belly scratches, ear rubs, and hugs. He’s a big dog with a bigger heart.
Kelly: Yes I have a dog from the SPCA and I have had her since I was 5(about 10 years). She is a border collie mix that loves people, my guinea pig and extra treats.
Grace: I do have a CASPCA alum at home! Her name is Scarlett (formerly Heidi, I think). She is quite a rascal. She loves being outside, destroying stuffed animals, howling, playing with our neighbor dogs and having her polka-dotted belly rubbed.
Allie: I have a cat named Grey that I got from the SPCA about 5 years ago. He loves playing with my dog, basking in the sun, and laying on laps.
Lalia: I have two dogs and a cat, one of which is from the SPCA. His name is Cody and he is 6 years old. He has a crazy love for treats, toys that squeak, and human food. Also, he recently got shaved but still has a natural Mohawk!!
Ava: Yes, we have Junie, our adorable 10 year-old tuxedo cat, and Peaches, our beloved 5 year-old lemon beagle mix. They are the most loving, wonderful animals in the world!
Anna: I have two SPCA alums! Mira, the tortoiseshell, is almost two years old, and Leo is under a year old. They are best friends and they love to romp and play together. This picture was taken right after they finished grooming each other: