Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Santos

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Santos

Linda Santos holding a shelter pup.

Meet Linda Santos! Linda has been volunteering at the shelter for almost 10 years and helps make it possible for thousands of local pet owners to have access to pet food in times of need. 

Q. What does the day in your life volunteering for the Pet Food Pantry look like?A. Often with another volunteer, I fill the orders of dog/cat food and bag up specific amounts of food depending on how many dogs/cats in the household. I also label the bags, contact drivers, and schedule new deliveries. I also have a delivery route as part of the Senior Pet Food Pantry Delivery program.

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County’s Pet Food Pantry supplies pet food to those who are in temporary need of dog or cat food.

Q. What made you want to volunteer at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County?

A. I have always been a pet owner with one or more pets, and know how much work there is to do in animal welfare. I studied Humane Education in college, served on a board at a small no-kill humane society in Oregon, and found that there is always a need for dedicated volunteers.

Q. What’s your favorite part of volunteering here?

A. Working in animal welfare is really about the people. People who need companionship, or assistance to pay their vet bill, and most of all want to keep their pets through their entire lives. When someone calls me and says they’re sharing their dinner of Spaghetti-os with their dog (or cat) I run to the store and take them some pet food.

Q. If you could give one piece of advice about fostering at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, what would it be?

A. When someone says to me “how do you work with those sad and abused animals”, I say how can you not? There is always a happy story at the end of every day.

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Linda with her dog, Daisy.

Thanks to Linda’s role within the Pet Food Pantry and the Senior Pet Food Pantry Delivery program, she has been nominated for Mud Bay’s 2022 Volunteer Award of Excellence! Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and Mud Bay will also donate $1,000 to the shelter. Please be sure to vote for Linda on Mud Bay’s website. Voting opens on August 26th. 

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Source: The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County