By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Tim Hurtley of Northeast Portland was named the Oregon Humane Society’s Volunteer of the Year and Joe Cereghino, also of Northeast Portland, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony where 21 other volunteers were recognized for service.
Last year, nearly 2,000 people contributed time and talents to helping animals at the Humane Society, said Sharon Harmon, the executive director.
“Our volunteers contributed so much time last year that we would have needed 112 full-time employees to replace them,” Harmon said.
Fellow volunteers voted to give Joanne Hodgdon of Vancouver, Washington, the Volunteers’ Choice Award. Margaret Spear, another Northeast Portland resident, received the End Petlessness Award.
Hurtley, a volunteer since October 2012, has been involved in many parts of the shelter at 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd. These include the development and volunteer departments, the Spay & Save program, the dog walking team, a hands-on dog trainer, and a mentor to new volunteers.
Cereghino began volunteering in 1994. He started the Pet Pals for dogs program, has worked with the behavior department, and assisted with rescued dogs and special needs dogs.
Hodgdon, a volunteer since 2008, works with cats, helps with shelter laundry and fosters kittens in need of care. Spear, a dog walking leader and mentor for new volunteers, helps with the Second Chance program. She was honored for giving more than 1,500 volunteer hours, which were the the most in 2014.