January Volunteer of the Month: Sheila Donahue

Congratulations to Sheila Donahue, January’s Volunteer of the Month!


Sheila is a bone-ified dog whisperer, taking extra special care of the pups that need love the most!

Sheila is one of our most dedicated dog caretakers. She has been volunteering with us for almost 2 years and served over 500 hours in 2016. Sheila prefers to work with dogs that really struggle in the shelter setting. She can often be seen working with our ISO (Isolation) dogs and has a real passion for enriching their lives in the shelter and helping to make them more adoptable. Sheila has also taken on a leadership role in our mentor program. She is always willing to mentor new volunteers, and continues to help her mentees all the way through to dog walking. She is passionate about growing our volunteer program, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of the dogs in our care. We are very lucky to have Sheila as part of the CHS volunteer family.  Please join us in thanking her for her service!

In her own words…

What do you enjoy about volunteering with Coastal?

“I love volunteering and have volunteered many years in a lot of programs in the community, but have finally found my happy place at CHS working with the dogs.  I am very grateful to be working with a special group of people with a common goal and to have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of an animal.  The love, trust and loyalty that they give so easily has brought a special purpose to my life.”

What is your best memory volunteering?

“I have so many great memories with many dogs, but my best memory by far is of working with one special little dog.  She did not give her trust easily, but there seemed to be something between us from the start.  As we bonded she began to learn basic commands and take trips out into the world.  She sat as copilot in my van as if she owned the world whenever we had an adventure.  She gave me a lot of joy.”

What would you tell people that are interested in volunteering with CHS?

“I encourage people to volunteer at CHS by sharing my passion about how rewarding it is to care for the animals.  The employees and other volunteers are like one huge family.  Everyone is valued and very important to the success of the shelter and quality care of our animals.”

Our VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH series profiles our incredible, hardworking, beloved volunteers. Each month, this V.I.P.’s picture and award will be displayed on our website, at our Range Road building for the month, and their name inscribed on a special plaque.