Giving Back Awards 2013
Sponsored by Old Point National Bank Honoring The Region’s Outstanding Non-Profits
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3) CHESAPEAKE HUMANE SOCIETY
123 N. Battlefield Blvd., Suite D, Chesapeake • 757-546-5355 • www.ChesapeakeHumane.org
Number of Votes: 479
Established: Phyllis Stein founded the society in 1972 when she realized that homeless animals in Chesapeake lacked the support they deserved. The stationary Spay/Neuter Clinic opened in March 2008, and since then, the organization has helped more than 10,000 animals through high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and adoptions.
Mission: The Chesapeake Humane Society works to promote the welfare of companion animals through programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable pet care.
Key People: Board of Directors: Cheryl Hindle, president and operations manager; Kathy Selikson, secretary; Donna Servidio, treasurer; Jean Carideo; Diana Snyder; Scott Snyder; and Jillian Stanley. Staff: Lacy Kuller, executive director; Ben Kunkel, outreach and events coordinator; Katie Fennig, volunteer coordinator; and Dr. Sara Correa, veterinarian on staff. Dedicated volunteers are also considered an extension of the staff and are greatly valued.
Programs: Along with promoting pet adoptions, the Chesapeake Humane Society offers a Foster Care Program for underage, sick or injured animals who need some TLC. The Society’s C.A.R.E. Clinic provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries as well as low-cost vaccines, tests and flea and heartworm preventative.
Volunteer opportunities: Being on the Bark in the Park committee, participating in the Foster Care Program, assisting in the MatchMakers program, assisting with community events through Party Animals!, providing kitty care with the Cat Care Team, being a part of the Pet Bank Collection Team, photographing pets or being on the administrative team.
What are the biggest struggles your organization faces? “Our biggest struggle is growing pains. Chesapeake Humane’s current goal is to move our facility to a new building. We are raising money for renovations for a properly outfitted Spay/Neuter Clinic and Adoption Center, which is a significant cost. Once we raise the money, renovate and move in, we will have the opportunity to expand our programs and services, hold more events at our location and increase our visibility in the community. Bottom line: we will be able to help so many more animals and the people who love them.”
What is the most rewarding part about what this non-profit does? “Each dog or cat comes to us with their own unique story, some with quite a troubling past, but we feel the reward each time we place a companion animal in their new forever home. Nothing lifts our day more than a positive update from an adopter about the new furry addition to the family and hearing how well they are doing.”