Shelter Me: Women's Humane Society

Saturday, December 10, 2016
In this week's shelter me, a volunteer found more than just a part time job helping at the Women's Humane Society, he found a lifelong companion.

Todd Sokol volunteers at the Women's Humane Society every day.

"And I just like to have a positive impact," he said.

And that's where he fell in love with Kona.

Todd said, "I was building a bond with her and she was building a bond with me."

When Kona first came to the rescue she didn't have much socialization.

Lori Nanan, Canine behavior education coordinator said, "She really struggled in her kennel, like Todd said, She would bark and jump and whine and pant and drool."

With some training thanks to the shelter and Todd, Kona is now a Canine Good Citizen.

"It's a way of saying my dog is friendly, my dog is social, my dog is well mannered," said Lori.

"She's just a good dog," said Todd who adopted Kona in March 2016.

The Women's Humane Society was the very first Animal Shelter in the nation.

Gwen Kaminski, Director of Development, Women's Humane Society said, "Our staffs hearts are in it our volunteers hearts are in it. And that's what we're all about."

Founded by Caroline Earle White in 1869 to help empower women at the time. The shelter is still run by an all female committee.

Gwen added, "We're not only history of animal advocacy and life saving, but also that aspect of women's history that makes our organization particularly unique."

Peach would make the perfect cat for any home and Neno is your typical kitten.

"He's the sweetest little guy and he would make someone a very loving companion," said Gwen.

Charlie is a senior kitty, who would enjoy a quiet home.

"He would make the perfect lap cat the perfect cat to curl up with and stay warm with these cold winter nights ahead," said Gwen.

Sweetheart is ready for her forever family as long as they let her bring her favorite toy.

Lori says, "She's got a turquoise ball that's like her favorite thing on the planet, funny to watch play and she's really she loves to learn,"

Nelson is a 3-year-old love bug who enjoys giving kisses.

"He is so gentle and sweet," said Lori.

And finally, there is is pretty Pitt, Bean. He is one-years-old, friendly, lovable, and perfect for a family, and looking forward to coming home with you.

If you're interested in Bean or any of the animals you've seen in the video, you can visit the Women's Humane Society website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abc Shelter Me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

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