If neighbors don’t take care of neighbors, who will?
Brenda Herman of Rochester, NY is a long-time volunteer and full-time pet lover. She grew up volunteering in her local church youth groups and in the Girl Scouts, and as an adult, furthered her interest in social and service groups. She spent 12 years as a Girl Scout Leader, became an adult literacy volunteer, has held board positions with her local Volunteer Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, school district sports boosters, and is currently in the leadership track with the Rotary Club of Greece, NY. Brenda is also President of PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore, a member of the NexPet national cooperative of independent pet stores,where she helps manage outreach volunteer initiatives with local pet non-profits.
“PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore is a long-time supporter of Lollypop Farm (the Humane Society of Greater Rochester) and Rochester Animal Services (through Verona Street Animal Society),” says Brenda. “Our shelter feeding program feeds more than 8,000 pets cared for by those non-profits each year. All of our locations offer a permanent habitat and meet and greet area for Human Society adoptable cats and small animals, and we have a full schedule of adoption opportunities with many local rescues. I love meeting the animals when they are adopted from one of our locations or during events, and hearing stories about how adopted pets have found their new families.”
Each year, Lollypop Farm and Rochester Animal Services take in over 10,000 pets; perform over 20,000 exams and 10,000 surgeries; and find adoptive homes for over 7,000 animals. They educate through classes, training and community outreach. In addition to supporting both of these organizations, PetSaver also supports other non-profits including the Veteran’s Outreach Center, CURE Childhood Cancer and a local Kids triathlon.
“There are so many people and animals in need of a helping hand,” says Brenda, “and if neighbors can’t take care of neighbors, then who can? I enjoy spending time with like-minded people who are passionate about giving back and making a bigger difference than I can on my own.”
When Brenda isn’t volunteering, she likes to garden, bike, fish, practice yoga and spend time with family and friends. Brenda’s favorite Cabot cheese is New York Vintage Cheddar. Her friend Donna Marie Derks, who has been volunteering for Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a puppy raiser for 22 years, will be joining her on the cruise.