April 2023 Volunteer of the Month - Paul & Sandi
Another month and another fantastic household of volunteers to celebrate! This month, we bring you Paul and Sandi, who started volunteering with us last year and have had multiple foster dogs already. Here is a bit about each of them:
“We’ve been married for almost 26 years and have been lifelong animal lovers. Sandi is primarily into cats while Paul is the dog person. We’ve both had dog/cats longer than we’ve been together. Sandi is retired Air Force and has been retired from her civilian jobs for several years while Paul is retired/working part time presently.
Paul: I am a lifelong Dayton resident. My hobbies include bicycling, motorcycling, running and video games. I spent 45 years doing drafting and design in various industries. I retired from Goodrich Aerospace after 27 years of designing aircraft wheels and brakes. I’ve had dogs since the mid-1970s. I met my wife Sandi through an international social running club that we both are members of.
Sandi: I’m originally from south Florida and grew up there and in central Arizona. I’m retired from the US Air Force which is how I wound up in Dayton. I’ve been singing with the Sweet Adelines for 20 years as a hobby. I’ve had cats since I was a child.
Our last dog died just before Thanksgiving. This led us to do some thinking about our current situation. Paul is going to be quitting his part time job soon and we both want to travel more. With this in mind, the decision was made to get into fostering dogs and possibly cats going forward so that we could still have pets in our lives but with the ability to work them around our travels. I found PPD during an online search and decided to apply to be a foster. We had our first foster starting a week or so before Christmas. He was with us until late January and the experience with him was great. We’re currently working with our second foster who came to us as a young adult dog with NO training and is heartworm positive. We’re getting her started on the training and she’s been spayed and treated for the heartworms. It’s going to be a long process with her but she’s a real sweetheart and starting to come around. We’re looking forward to a long relationship with PPD to help out as many animals as we can.”
We want to say a big thank you to both Paul and Sandi for taking initiative to better the lives of animals in our community. Here’s to saving many more animals throughout the years!