Volunteer Spotlight

Jane Charbonneau

When did you become a Five Acres volunteer? 

A little over 7 years

Why did you start volunteering at Five Acres?

I wanted to volunteer only at a no-kill shelter.

What is your favorite thing about being a Five Acres volunteer?

I love walking the dogs, playing with them and especially taking them on outings to places like Creve Coeur Lake, Cabella’s, etc.

Do you have a favorite memory, animal or adoption story?

I have many dog stories, but one of my first loves was with Maverick and Angelo who were brought to the shelter and their mama had to move to Boston and leave them behind. She came to get them and it still gives me goose bumps. She walked up to his kennel and called his name and Angelo was so excited. Donna, Kayla and I were crying with joy. It was a very touching moment.

Do you have any pets at home?

I have two senior dogs at home.

I do love the older dogs just because they are so sweet and it breaks my heart to see them in their old age at the shelter.  Seniors are the hardest to adopt, they don’t know why they have been sent there and usually they are just so sad.  They make the best family pets.

Why do you think people should volunteer and why is Five Acres a great place to volunteer?

It is extremely rewarding to volunteer at Five Acres. You are not only helping the animals but it makes you a better person knowing you are helping the dogs/cats.  I have volunteered at other shelters but none compare to Five Acres.  The staff spoils the animals while they are here, and there is nothing the staff won’t do to help these animals have a loving , pampered experience while they are waiting for their forever family.

When you are not volunteering what do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I have started fostering seniors dogs from other rescue groups. I also tutor at Immigration and Women’s Refugee Program- teaching women English and helping them pass their citizenship exam.