Volunteers of the Month single view | PAWS Chicago

Diana Perea

I wanted to give back to PAWS Chicago like they had given me.

What originally drew you to PAWS Chicago?  How long have you been a volunteer?

I was originally drawn to PAWS Chicago through the Pet Food Pantry program. I would go pickup my animal’s food and saw the workers there do so much work for the community. I contacted PAWS Chicago and offered to volunteer. I wanted to give back to PAWS like they had given me. I have been a volunteer since February of this year.

Do you have a primary focus when you volunteer?

My primary focus is the Medical Center on 26th Street since it is very close to my home. But I do want to experience different areas in the future.

Is there one favorite experience or fondest memory/animal story that has stood out or touched your heart during your time as a volunteer at PAWS Chicago?

Everyday my heart is touched by each and every animal at PAWS Chicago. Every day when I go home I have pictures and stories to tell my grandchildren.

How does what do you do for a career apply to what you do as a volunteer?

Currently I am on disability but in my 40 years of employment giving 150% was my goal.

Why do you volunteer for PAWS Chicago?  What do you enjoy the most about your experiences as volunteer?
As a volunteer at PAWS it is so amazing to work with every employee there. The environment is a very fast one. I found the place I belong.

Do you have any PAWS Chicago alumni pets - or any other pets - at home?
I have 3 bully breed dogs and 2 cats.

Have you participated in any PAWS Chicago special events that supports animals?

I haven’t been involved in any events yet, but soon.

What value has volunteering at PAWS Chicago brought you?  Anything else you'd like to share regarding your experiences as a PAWS Chicago volunteer?  

PAWS Chicago has shown me that ALL LIVES MATTER. Intake is great because we carry each animal one by one out of the transport vans and I tell them everything is going to be alright now that they are at PAWS and I love their little kisses. PAWS deserves so much more credit for all they do and I am glad to be part of it.