We LOVE Volunteers


As with most non-profit organizations, volunteers make the world go round at the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center (CTSAC). That was proven most recently at our Canines, Cats, and Cabernet fundraising event on March 18. It was a big event with many facets.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a huge job for any one person. Margaret Clayton contacted sponsors. Ann Willard organized volunteers. Carolyn Smith, with the help of others, made wonderful gift baskets for sponsors and food contributors. Sherry Bailey planned and organized silent and live auctions. Dave Olhausen was the Ticket Seller Extraordinaire. Stacy Odom solicited contributors of all the delicious food. Penny Riggs created the wonderful table decorations.
The food was made and served by the restaurants at no charge. The good folks from Steves’ Market, The Sticks, Brownwood Country Club, Prima Pasta, The Hideout, Chili’s, Mi Familia, Doc’s, Sweet Life Treats, and even the guys from Hi-Way Auto, contributed their time, talent, and groceries.
This event is put on almost exclusively by volunteers. Some, like Gail Matott and Jane Holmes, volunteer regularly at CTSAC. Others, like Dean Keisling and Carol Taylor, volunteer for special events. Every member of our wonderful board of directors, not only volunteered at the event, but worked diligently for weeks before getting ready.
Many of the incredible auction items were created by volunteers. Mitchell Wilkerson built a fire pit, Pauline McBride contributed a beautiful patriotic quilt, and Cindy Hadley made some adorable cat and dog themed quilts and pillows.
The volunteers I have mentioned are only a tiny part of the group of volunteers that made this event possible. We give a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you.
My favorite quote is from Margaret Mead. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Animal overpopulation is a huge problem in our area. Almost 3,500 dogs and cats are cared for at CTSAC each year. Some find new homes, and some don’t. It’s not a problem that can be solved by shelter staff alone. Pet overpopulation is a problem that we created as a community, and the only way it can be solved is with a community effort.
CTSAC has wonderful volunteers that work for our shelter and our animals in so many different ways. Some work regularly at the shelter; some rarely come to the shelter. They do their work on Facebook or volunteer for special events. They foster animals while they are waiting for transport to a rescue organization. Some come to the shelter, but don’t work specifically with the dogs or cats. They take pictures to post on Facebook or on our website. They work at the front counter helping visitors. Leslie Courington makes all of the beautiful wall decorations you see as you come in the front door.
We would love to have you join our “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens” while we work to make our community a better place for the animals that live here and the people who love them. If you would like to volunteer at the shelter, volunteer orientation is every Thursday at 2pm. If you can’t come to the shelter but want to volunteer to help in other ways, call Carren at 325-646-0617, and tell her what you have in mind. New volunteers are always welcome.

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The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center in Brownwood, TX, is an unlimited intake shelter that was established over 35 years ago. Before the shelter existed, stray and abandoned animals were taken to the landfill and shot to death. Now, animals have a chance at finding a loving home! Please visit on on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ctsanimalcenterpage/) or at our website (http://www.ctsanimalcenter.org/) for more information.

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