Dog shelter volunteer receives Presidential honor for her work

For Dawn Schweisgut, it started out as a community effort in Hellertown, PA. As a student at Animal Behavioral College to become a certified veterinary assistant, Dawn came across the Volunteer Team Challenge and decided to draw up a proposal to rehabilitate the Center for Animal Health and Welfare shelter, where she volunteered in her free time.

Her proposal went to her employer, Capitol Blue Cross, who supported the endeavor and ended up providing more than 21 volunteers and $15,000 worth of materials to help renovate the shelter. By the end of the challenge, the Center for Animal Health and Welfare shelter got new walking paths and play spaces, new stairs, and a brand new look to the internal facilities. Check out this video below for an overview of the renovation process:

This effort on Schweisgut’s part not only provided the shelter (and its pups!) with a new, improved facility, but it also earned her the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This was given to Schweisgut by The President’s Council on Service and Civil Participation.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Congratulations to Schweisgut for her efforts and well-deserved recognition, and best wishes to the ongoing service of the Center for Animal Health and Welfare shelter!

Have you ever volunteered or worked at a local dog or animal shelter? Let us know what that experience was like!

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