Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (MSRPAC) has named Betsy Sharp of Riverside the organization’s volunteer of the year. Executive Director Denise Perry and Volunteer Services Manager Jackie Lamirande presented the 2012 Friend of the Animals Award to Sharp on April 22 at the annual volunteer recognition party.
“Betsy is an integral part of our team of volunteers,” Lamirande said. “She is always willing to lend a hand whether it’s assisting in the cattery or helping to mentor the new volunteers. She is what volunteering is all about. We are fortunate and proud to have her as one of our valued volunteers.”
Retired from Riverside County Public Administrator/Coroner’s Office, Sharp spends three days a week at MSRPAC where she has been a volunteer since 2008. Working mainly with the center’s feline residents, she is a cat socializer and whisperer and a mentor of volunteers entering the cat socialization program. Additionally, she prepares pet food in MSRPAC’s Chuck Waggin’ Pet Meals program which is delivered to homebound cat and dog owners through Meals on Wheels.
Sharp’s volunteerism at the center also has included conducting humane education tours for school groups and participating in the center’s new-member drive.
Asked why she chose to volunteer at MSRPAC, Sharp replied, “I love being around animals and always wanted to work with them. When I retired and was looking for such an opportunity, I learned of the volunteer program at the Pet Adoption Center and knew that was the place for me.”