Recognizing Our People in the Community: Pamela Bennett

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Written By: Amanda Watson, Marketing Director (Portage, IN)

Pamela Bennett is a volunteer for the Richmond Animal League. The Richmond Animal League (RAL) works with pounds and shelters throughout the Central Virginia to rescue dogs and cats and reduce euthanasia rates.  Rescued animals are brought to the RAL shelter and cared for, including physicals, vaccinations and treatments, spay/neuter surgeries, and microchip implants.

Pamela's serves as an Animal Counselor for RAL. When she volunteers, she is responsible for welcoming visitors to RAL, showing animals to potential adopters, and helping potential adopters with the adoption process. She also helps out with the Cat Crew when needed, which includes cleaning the cat cages, bowls, and bedding, and making sure each cat has food and water. RAL has been rescuing homeless dogs and cats in the Richmond area since 1979. The organization is the area's oldest no-kills shelter and can house up to 30 dogs and 60 cats and kittens at any one time. RAL welcomes over 300 volunteers to the shelter each week to care for the animals.

In addition to the shelter, RAL opened the Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic in 2009, which provides low-cost services to area shelters, rescue groups, and low-income pet owners. The clinic performs 7,000 spay and neuter surgeries each year.

RAL is currently seeking funds to build a new shelter that will allow the program to take care of more animals each year. To learn more about volunteer, adoption and fostering opportunities at RAL or donate to the program, visit http://www.ral.org/.