April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week which provides a great opportunity to highlight people who have made a huge impact in their community by giving their time to businesses, schools, non-profits and many other organizations.

Non-profits like the Harrison County Humane Society, located in Logan, continue to stay up and running thanks to those many volunteers who step in on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

“It takes a village to do what we do,” said Nancy Voggesser, who has been a volunteer since the Humane Society opened in 2011. “Everyone who is part of the organization has a specific part to play.”

Since 2011, volunteers of all ages and from towns around the county have put in a great deal of time and effort to help take care of the animals at the Humane Society.

Over that roughly nine year period, hundreds of kitties, cats, puppies and dogs have taken in, and many have found their “forever homes.”

Here is a quick look at some numbers: From January 1 to February 29 of 2020, there were 21 adoptions made and three pets were reclaimed by owners.

The volunteers also assist, often via the Society’s Facebook page, in helping reunite lost pets with their owners. During that time period, 24 lost pets were returned to their homes.

This is just a small snippet illustrating the work done by the non-profit thanks to those who dedicate time to it.

Volunteers like Voggesser started there because she wanted to do something with her time that would benefit the community at large in some way.

I love animals and had actually considered training to volunteer at the Nebraska Humane Society, which is where I adopted my first dog, Sexton, Voggesser explained.

“When I realized that the Harrison County Humane Society had recently got a physical shelter and animals, I decided to ask to be trained to volunteer here,” she said.

Read the rest of this story and another one about the volunteers who help keep the Woodbine food pantry going in the April 15 issue of our newspaper!