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FCAR Volunteer of the Month

Updated: May 29

Volunteer of the Month - May 2021 - Kylee

1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? 2 and 1/2 years

2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? Dog & cat socialization, bake sales, office work, bathing and walking dogs, yard work, and more!

3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? I like to help out and see dogs and cats.

4. Are you from TN -if not where? Yes!

5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? I just finished 4th grade.

6. Tell us about your family. They are silly, crazy, kind, loving, and wonderful!

7. What pets do you have? I have 3 dogs: Kelso, Tails, and Tony, 2 cats: Skeeter & Rosie, and 1 guinea pig: Little Bit

8. What are your hobbies or interests? I like drawing, crafts, perler beads. And swimming in the summer!

9. FUN FACTS! Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you? I've gotten 3 new baby cousins in the past year.

10. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. One summer volunteering when the dogs each got their own kiddie pool and I got to play in the water with them!

11. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home? Dixie Chick. She is such a sweetie!


Volunteer of the Month - April 2021 - Chad Smith

Many of you know Chad and how hard he works to help dogs/cats in Fayette County. While he is only with FC Animal Control another week, his impact on the community will not be forgotten! He has spent countless hours off the clock helping animals in need, helped with our fundraisers, assisted with giving out doghouses in the winter, checking traps, spreading the word about our spay/neuter program, and more! We wish Chad the very best in his new endeavors and know that he will continue to make a difference in the lives of animals in Fayette County!


1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? I have been volunteering for a little over a year now. 2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? Mostly bringing the animals to the shelter or vet from animal control. 3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? Getting to see all the fur babies adopted. I always come visit everyone after a few days at the shelter. 4. Are you from TN -if not where? I’ve been in Tennessee most of my life, but was born in Missouri. 5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? Animal Control Officer for Fayette County. 6. Tell us about your family. I’m an only child. So thankful for my Mother and Grandmother. 7. What pets do you have? 6 dogs and 1 cat. 8. What are your hobbies or interests? DOGS!!! I also like to ride 4 wheelers. 9. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. Giving out the dog houses and straw. 10. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home? True Blue. He is amazing!


Volunteer of the Month - March 2021 - Pete Stein


Pete has been such a huge help with collecting items for the garage sale (de-flea market) fundraiser! He did A LOT of heavy lifting (and even brought backup some days, like his son pictured with him above). He drove all over the mid-south and hauled so many items for us! Pete saved us so much time and we were able to focus on the rest of the planning and organizing the event. He puts in a lot of behind the scenes time and effort and we are so appreciative of all he and his family does for FCAR!!


1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? Three years or so.


2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? I do whatever the shelter needs. I worked with others to build out the feline house and was able to get a lot of the interior materials donated. I pick up and haul stuff when needed including food, straw, mulch, donations, or whatever else. We help with shelter cleanup and adoption events too whenever we can.


3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? I like the staff and volunteers.


4. Are you from TN -if not where? I grew up on Long Island, NY. I spent my college years in Texas and have been in the Memphis area since 1995. I have spent about half the years since then working all over the country.


5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? I am a construction project manager, estimator, and quality control manager. I have done a little bit of most types of construction but specialize in wood framed multi-family work and historic rehabilitation and repurposing of mass-masonry and concrete framed buildings.


6. Tell us about your family. I have been married to Kimberly for 25+ years now. Our son, Will, and daughter, Beth Anne, are also active with the shelter and other community events.

7. What pets do you have? Too many. Gretchen is a MAS rescue Shepard / Malinois mix. Arby is a FCAR alum and our little bully boy. Cats Biscuit, Sandy, and Inky are barn rescues and Rocky is a FCAR alum polydactyl cat.


8. What are your hobbies or interests? I do some woodworking and miscellaneous fabrication work. I don’t consider myself an artist but if someone shows or describes something to me I can usually figure out how to build it. The treehouse inside the feline shelter is a good example, as are the PVC cradles on the wall and the “tree” shelf that spans along the front corner.


9. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. I usually enjoy whatever I am doing. Volunteering is my relaxation time so I try not to get too stressed out over the tasks at hand.


10. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home? We have fostered quite a few dogs over the years and I think they all have homes now. We currently have Gayle and Limerick. They are adorable but have a lot of puppy energy. I’m sure they will find homes very soon.


Volunteer of the Month - February 2021 - Jan & Bruce

Rubirosa (currently adoptable!), Bear (their FCAR alumni), Tucker with Bruce!



1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? We began volunteering for FCAR in November 2018 at "Home for the Holidays". This is where we met Bear.


2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? Bruce works every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday cleaning the dog's yards, kiddy pools, and water buckets. We foster whenever we can. Jan is also training with Lisa Hannah to help get our babies adopted.


3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? Bruce and Jan just love being with the dogs so much. They give so much more than we can ever give to them. We also love our FCAR Family.


4. Are you from TN -if not where? Bruce was born here, but Jan is originally from St. Louis.


5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? Bruce is a retired 30 year veteran of the Germantown Police Department, while Jan taught in Memphis City/Shelby County schools for 20 plus years.


6. Tell us about your family. We have 2 grown sons: Mike and Josh - They have given us 5 grandchildren: Shade (11), Sadie Kate (8), Scarlett (6), Ophelia (4), and Cecil (2). Both Jan's parents are deceased, but my step mom lives in Arlington. Bruce's mom, Shirley, lives in Memphis and she is also part of the FCAR Family as she adopted Donner.


7. What pets do you have? We have our beloved and very loud Tucker, a Rat terrier, and our precious Bear (Wooley Bear an FCAR baby) that we adopted after fostering for about a week.


8. What are your hobbies or interests? Bruce loves to fish, play golf, and he is an avid Buck Knife collector. Jan loves to work jigsaw puzzles, garden, swim, and watch Hallmark movies. We also love to walk our dogs everyday.


9. FUN FACTS! Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you? PRE COVID - We have been on 2 amazing cruises: One to Alaska and the other to the Panama Canal.


10. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. For Jan, it was our first time working at "Home for the Holidays". I was working sales table. I took a break and went into the tent where the dogs were. I looked down to see this little white curled up dog in the corner of his kennel. I stepped back out that's when I saw Sidney watching me. She smiled and said if you go back in, you will be a goner. Well I went back in to find him looking for me. Our eyes locked. That's when I knew he was to be our Bear! Bruce says his was his first day helping to clean, a little bundle of energy bit me on my calf. That is the only time that I have been bitten. (See next question for more!)


11. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home? Jan's would be Rubirosa, or Ruby as we call her. She is truly amazing! Bruce's is Journey, that little bundle of energy that bit him on his very first day. He spent roughly 2 months building her trust and now she moves him!


Volunteer of the Month - January 2021 - Kathryn


1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? I’ve been volunteering for a year and a half.


2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? I spend time with the dogs, take them out for walks, take pictures of them for the website, help with bake-sales. Recently I’ve raised money for the shelter by hand-painting personalized pet ornaments!


3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? The staff is so welcoming and you can see their love of animals through the relationships they have with the dogs and cats.


4. Are you from TN -if not where? I am from Tennessee.


5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? I work at my dad’s restaurant, Patrick’s, in east Memphis.


6. Tell us about your family. I am the middle child of 3 siblings. Kallen is my older sister and Malachi is my younger brother. My dad owns a restaurant and my mom is a retired music teacher.


7. What pets do you have? I have 1 Rottweiler: Lucy and 3 cats: Max, Henry, and Bo.


8. What are your hobbies or interests? I love art, competing in pageants, and volunteering.


9. FUN FACTS! Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you? I love competing in pageants because you are able to advocate for a platform you are involved with and instill confidence in other girls to apply what they’re passionate about to serving their community. My platform is the impact canines make in our communities and how important it is to take care of them!


10. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. I love spending time with the dogs, Karma really opened up to me and she would sit on the bench with me.


11. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home? Karma is the sweetest dog, and I can’t wait for Waverly to find a forever home.

Volunteer of the Month - December 2020 - Manuel


1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR?

Approximately two months.


2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR?

Socializing with dogs, bathing them, and cleaning areas such as isolation rooms. Also, thanks to the mentoring of Mrs. Lisa, I have been learning to train dogs.


3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR?

Spending time with dogs and learning about them one on one to help them get adopted into loving homes.


4. Are you from TN -if not where?

I am originally from the San Fernando Valley area in Los Angeles, California. My family and I moved to Tennessee about 6 months ago.

5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career?

I’m currently in the 7th grade.


6. Tell us about your family.

I live with my wonderful 10 year year old brother, my mother who is from Nicaragua, my dad who is from Chile.


7. What pets do you have?

My one and only fur-baby Leche (meaning milk in Spanish) is 16 pounds of loveable, fluffy Cockapoo. We also have a cockatiel named Martin.


8. What are your hobbies or interests?

I love to bake, listen to classical music, practice my violin, and spend time with animals.

9. FUN FACTS! Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

I speak Spanish, recently started playing violin, and have achieved the title of second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.


10. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR.

Decorating dog treat cookies and handing them out to dogs in a “reverse trick or treat” fashion for Halloween 2020.


11. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home?

Ethel holds a special place in my heart. Even though she did not fit in the greatest at our home while we fostered her, I learned that she is a fun, happy go lucky, energetic girl. She would be the perfect addition to a home where she could get the loving attention that she craves for and deserves.

Volunteer of the Month - October - Gina Thweatt


1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? 17 years

2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? Animal cruelty investigations, taking animals to the vet, adoptions, a little bit of everything!

3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? Working with such amazing people with the same goals in mind as we find loving homes for our rescues

4. Are you from TN -if not where? Yes, born in Memphis

5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? I was an elementary teacher for several years, I was also a graduate advisor in the College of Education at the University of Memphis

6. Tell us about your family. I have a wonderful husband named Keith and we have been married for 31 years and we have 2 dogs, Candy and J.R. I also have 2 brothers in VA, 1 sister in Bartlett, and my parents in Germantown.

7. What pets do you have? 2 FCAR canine rescues, Candy and J.R. (formerly Jeremiah) Our other FCAR rescues that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge are Angel, Clay, Trace, Sparky and Lovie

8. What are your hobbies or interests? Saving animals! Reading, going to the U of M Tigers’ football and basketball games, being with my family, traveling with my husband

9. FUN FACTS! Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you? I am a history buff! I love studying American history and visiting historical sites.

10. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. The Cocker Spaniel Reunion.

11. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home? Birdman


Volunteer of the Month - August & September - Matt & Shelby Wright



1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? We have volunteered for about a year and a half

2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? All sorts! We’ve fostered, adopted, sponsored, adoption days, baths, walks, socializing, spring cleaning, fundraising, Instagram posts, community outreach, and we started the FCAR yearly calendar J

3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? Matt says simply: dogs, duh. He loves that he can have an impact on the lives of dogs. For Shelby, it is being able to feel like she is making a difference. Every time she leaves FCAR she feels more fulfilled than when she arrived.

4. Are you from TN -if not where? Nope, Matt is from Nevada and Shelby is from Maryland. They met while Matt was in school in Maryland.

5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? Matt is enlisted in the Navy and Shelby is a corporate financial analyst.

5. Tell us about your family. Right now it’s the two of us, plus our two fur children.

6. What pets do you have? We have Allie, a lab/hound mix who we adopted in Virginia and we have Arrow a pit mix who is an FCAR alumni J

8. What are your hobbies or interests? Matt enjoys hiking, playing sports, fixing up old cars, and working with his hands. Shelby likes to read, paint, hike, and bake!

9. FUN FACTS! Anything else you would like to share or have people know about you?

Matt was stationed in Europe for 4 years! Shelby is a budding environmentalist and likes finding new ways to reduce her carbon footprint.

10. Tell us your favorite memory of volunteering with FCAR. For Matt, it was working with Rogue. Rogue was a very shy rescue who would hide in the back of his run whenever people would walk by. After hours of sitting in the run, trying to get Rogue to trust him, he finally got Rogue comfortable with him and helped him get adopted to a new family!

For Shelby it’s seeing dogs she’s worked with or fostered get adopted. In particular, she was proud to see Jangles getting adopted after being her foster.

11. Do you have a favorite FCAR rescue that’s currently still waiting for a forever home?

Matt loves Garth. He’s just so happy to see him. He wants to show him his run, run around it and play with him whenever we visit.

Shelby loves Rubirosa. Although she is particular with human companions, she really loves the one she loves. Shelby loves how she jumps up and down when she visits, plays fetch with her, and gets some cuddle time.



Volunteer of the Month - July - Jody Stenzel

1. How long have you volunteered for the FCAR? 1 1/2 years


2. What volunteer positions/duties do you do for the FCAR? Baths, socialize, rake, stuff envelopes, whatever they need that I can do.


3. What do you like most about volunteering for the FCAR? I always leave feeling like I had the best day.


4. Are you from TN -if not where? Minnesota


5. What did you do/do you do for a job/career? Minor Med nurse


6. Tell us about your family. I am married to John, 2 dogs. I am the youngest of 6 children. My siblings live all over the US. A dozen nieces and nephews.


7. What pets do you have? foster fail Titan from FCAR and Caleesi from another rescue.


8. What are your hobbies or intere