I was lucky to spend my childhood surrounded by animals and the natural world. It's been my experience that animals are intelligent and feeling beings. I believe it is our responsibility to respect and honor the essential “otherness” of our fellow creatures
Ann Worthing has been an animal person all her life.
“I was lucky to spend my childhood surrounded by animals and the natural world. It's been my experience that animals are intelligent and feeling beings. I believe it is our responsibility to respect and honor the essential “otherness” of our fellow creatures,” said Ann.
Ann started volunteering with PAWS in the spring of last year.
“I was missing some dog energy—we have 2 cats presently—and like a lot of folks I was feeling pretty stir crazy after our COVID winter. I thought I’d walk some pups and cuddle with the cats and that would be it.”
But Ann soon discovered just how much PAWS had to offer.
“It’s been so great to discover all the ways I can engage with and support PAWS’ No Kill shelter model! At the Medical Center, I walk dogs and I’m learning and practicing new behavioral skills with them. I really love figuring out what each dog needs and planning out how I can be effective.”
Ann can also be found at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center (LPAC).
“I’m with cats only at LPAC, but I also do adoption counseling with both dogs and cats there. I like making sure adopters feel comfortable with their new pet. And what’s better than seeing someone find the kitty of their dreams?”
Finally, Ann can be found zipping around between our locations.
“I also drive an animal transport van between LPAC and the Medical Center, as well as for adoption events. I really don’t know why I get such a kick out of this task, but I do!”
Eager to join Ann and hundreds of other animal lovers as a PAWS Chicago volunteer?
“Lead with your love for animals. Be ready to learn a lot. You’ll be able to find a place for what you do best,” says Ann.