By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
A Northeast Portland resident, Bobbi Waggoner, has been named the Volunteer of the Year by the Oregon Humane Society. She contributed more than 600 hours helping the society with administrative work and at special events last year.
She also visits local companies on behalf of the society and assists with workplace giving campaigns, according to a society news release. The local volunteers, numbering more than 2,000, may walk dogs, find homes for cats, rescue stranded animals, assist shelter veterinarians and more.
Other Northeast residents were among those recognized at a recent ceremony, including Ed McClaran, who was selected by a vote of peer volunteers to receive the Volunteer’s Choice Award. He walks dogs and is a mentor to new volunteers learning how to work with shelter dogs.
Also recognized was Karl Keener, winner of the End Petlessness Award, who contributed more than 1,100 hours in 2015, the largest amount by a volunteer. Volunteers voted for Lindsay Brade to receive the “Pick of the Litter” award as the society employee who goes an extra mile in working with volunteers.
Lynsey Howatt received the “Second Chance” award for helping to transfer pets to the Portland society from other shelters with too many pets and too few resources. Louis Eagle received the “Surgical Sweet” award for helping the veterinary medicine team. Maria Kuznetsov was named “Top Dog” for her major impact on the dog walking program. Sherry Adams was named “Trainer of the Year” for training and mentoring new volunteers.