No matter what your passion is - whether it is cats, dogs, children, veterans, education, art - it's important to be involved. By volunteering, you are making a difference in some way to someone. It makes a community stronger
Lori Rego had a lifelong desire to work with dogs and cats. In 2008, she made the first step towards achieving her goal when she went to her first meeting at Halo (Home at Last Organization) for Animals, a non-profit that networks and promotes the adoption of the dogs and cats in Sullivan, Missouri’s animal control facility. She saw ads for the group in the local newspaper requesting volunteers and decided she wanted to help. Within a year, she was elected president of Halo, and has been working hard ever since to find homes for all the animals in the facility.
“In a nutshell, I help the cats and dogs in the local city pound,” says Lori. “I take photos of the pets, manage Halo's Facebook and Instagram accounts, organize volunteers, plan fundraisers, answer phone calls and emails, schedule vet appointments, assist with adoptions and pretty much whatever needs to be done to make sure the pets are seen so they can either be claimed by their families or be adopted.”
Lori loves spending time with the dogs and cats, getting to know their personalities by taking their photos for the adoption page.
“I can't wait to get that one shot that I know will catch the attention of someone looking to adopt a pet,” says Lori. “It's very rewarding when you know that the pet has found just the right home. Sometimes, you just know that it is the right match - that the dog or cat is going exactly where they need to be.
“We have a great partnership with the city. They allow us to handle adoptions outside of animal control hours. Before an adoption takes place, the new owners agree to spay or neuter their pets if the operation has not already taken place. Halo helps adopters with the cost of the procedures when able and takes care of any medical costs for sick or injured pets in the pound. We also hold adoption events and spend time walking dogs and playing with the cats.”
In her spare time, Lori loves to read, listen to music, hike, and recently, has developed an interest in photographing birds during her walks.
This will be Lori’s first Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise. Her sister, Bonnie Rego, will be joining her on the cruise.