Category Archives: Volunteer

APD Volunteer of the Month Enjoys Helping Others

When police officers and staff see Diane Kiel at the East Police Service Station, it’s hard to tell she’s a volunteer. “She interacts well with everyone, works hard and always has a smile,” said Office Coordinator Zipporah Slater, who nominated Diane Kiel for City of Arlington Volunteer of the Month recognition. Since Diane Kiel began arriving at the East Police Service Center a year ago, she has proven that she can do just about any task that needs to be done. Whether she is working on an in-service training spreadsheet for officers or organizing the district’s personnel filing system, Diane Read more…

May Volunteer of the Month: Steve & Mary Kunkel

Steve and Mary Kunkel have volunteered with the Arlington Animal Services for nearly five years.  Steve is a dependable volunteer who will come in on Saturdays to assist with group volunteers and tours.  Steve also is the “fix-it man” around the shelter and is called upon when we need something handled quickly. His wife Mary is our Laundry Coordinator, who is just as dependable as her husband.  Even after 35 years of marriage , this power couple enjoys traveling around the globe and taking care of the animals at Arlington Animal Service Center. These two volunteers go hand in hand, Read more…

2013 Volunteer of the Year Bob Meister is a Winning Leader

We are proud to recognize Robert (Bob) Meister as the 2013 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year for Arlington Animal Services. Bob continually goes above and beyond offering his service and expertise volunteering with dedication and enthusiasm. As a Lead Volunteer, Bob serves as a trainer for new volunteers, and is constantly striving to find and contribute to shelter operations and service improvements for adoptable animals and visiting guests. Bob is a tremendous asset to the pet mobile adoption program with his commitment to off-site events and assisting the shelter manager with special projects. Bob’s organizational skills contributed to providing Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteer Samantha

What’s your name?  Samantha Nick name? None How long have you been a volunteer? off and on for 15 years    Where are you from?  Cajun born and bred What music CD do you like?  I’m an equal opportunity music enthusiast but most love Contemporary Christian and music with a social or political message What’s the last movie you saw?  Divergent What’s your favorite animal?  I love them all!!! Cats especially What’s your favorite reality show?  My 5 Wives   What book are you reading right now?  I am Malala Where was your last vacation?  digging for Diamonds in Arkansas What’s Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteer Nancy Kohlman

What’s your name?  Nancy Nick name?  None How long have you been a volunteer? About 2 years Where are you from?  Born in Shreveport, grew up in east Texas around Marshall and Carthage What music CD do you like?  I’m a big Jon Denver fan…!! What’s the last movie you saw?  Saving Mr. Banks. After which, I watched Mary Poppins again just to see the scenes and hear the songs again! What’s your favorite animal?  Dogs, of course! What’s your favorite reality show?  Don’t watch reality shows.  Ever.  But I do like NFL games, that’s pretty real. What book are Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteers Steven and Mary Kunkel

What’s your name? Steven and Mary Kunkel Nick name? No nicknames How long have you been a volunteer? 4 years, 9 months Where are you from? Florida, Texas, California, West Virginia What music CD do you like? Country Music What’s your favorite animal? Dogs What’s your favorite reality show? Steven – This Old House What book are you reading right now? No time. Where was your last vacation? Grand Cayman/Cozumel What’s your favorite quote or saying? Can’t think of one. What’s your favorite hobby? Wood working, puzzles. How much time do you spend volunteering per week? 8 hours+ What do Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteer Barbara DeGrande

What’s your name? Barbara Nick name? Grandsons call me Bubba How long have you been a volunteer? Two years Where are you from? California What music CD do you like? Boz Scaggs Silk Degrees or Santana’s Supernatural. What’s the last movie you saw? Blue Jasmine What’s your favorite animal? No favorites, appreciate them all. Somehow fostered kittens even though I was supposed to foster dogs! Fell in love with each and every one of them. What’s your favorite reality show? Pitbulls and Parolees of course! What book are you reading right now? Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World, by Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteer Gina Piner

What’s your name? Gina Piner Nick name? I don’t have a nick name. How long have you been a volunteer? 10 years Where are you from? I’m originally from Midland, but moved to Arlington in 1973. What music CD do you like? Any Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, or Allison Krause, and ALL of the old-time Crooners… Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc….. What’s the last movie you saw? Trip to Bountiful What’s your favorite animal? Dogs What’s your favorite reality show? The Voice What book are you reading right now? There’s no time in my life right now for book reading. Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteer Karen Monaco

What’s your name?  Karen Monaco Nick name?  I don’t have a nick name. How long have you been a volunteer? I have been a volunteer since 2011 (I think) Where are you from?  I live in Arlington, born in Philadelphia. What music CD do you like?  I like all kinds of music. What’s the last movie you saw?  Last movie (at home) was Inside Man. I haven’t been to the movies in years. What’s your favorite animal?  Favorite animal is a dog. Where was your last vacation?  Last vacation was to Philadelphia to visit my son. What’s your favorite quote Read more…

30 Seconds with Animal Services Volunteer Dennis Finigan

What’s your name?  Dennis Finigan Nick name?  ‘Fini’ How long have you been a volunteer? 2 years Where are you from?  Chicago What music CD do you like?  Classic What’s the last movie you saw?  Lincoln What’s your favorite animal?  Cat What’s your favorite reality show?  The Voice What book are you reading right now?  ”Bonhoeffer” by Metaxas Where was your last vacation?  New Mexico What’s your favorite quote or saying?  “Empty your purse into your head and no one can take it from you.” – Ben Franklin How much time do you spend volunteering per week?  varies What do Read more…