2018 Bill McCart Volunteer’s of the Year - Janie Nelson and Sharan Lombardo

2018 Bill McCart Volunteer’s of the Year
2018 Bill McCart Volunteer’s of the Year - Janie Nelson & Sharan Lombardo

Arlington Animal Services is excited to announce two recipients of the Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year Award for 2018 - Janie Nelson and Sharan Lombardo! Both exceptionally dedicated volunteers prompted an unprecedented naming of two - as both ladies receive the honors of being named “Volunteer of the Year” for Animal Services.

When these volunteers were asked what they enjoy most about volunteering, here were their responses:

  • “The chance to make a difference in a pet’s life or a chance for their future.” - Janie Nelson, Volunteer since September 2011
  • “Being a wife and a mom, I am always doing for others. Helping out at the shelter is something that I do for me. I enjoy helping animals that can’t help themselves.” - Sharan Lombardo, Volunteer since January 2015

The Dog Socialization Program, inspired by these wonderful volunteers, helps increase the adoptability of shelter animals. As dogs enter the shelter, unfamiliar with their surroundings, the program helps them feel more at home by providing added human interaction. As of October 2018, about 250 dogs have participated in the program where they receive special one-on-one time experiencing human contact and affection from a shelter volunteer, walking on a leash, enjoying the play yard and agility course, with an opportunity to show his or her obedience level and true personality.

Much appreciation to Janie and Sharan for all their hard work and dedication helping the homeless animals, Animal Services Center and the community.

Congratulations Janie and Sharan!

Family of Exemplary Volunteer Bill McCart Shares Fond Memories of His 22 Year Commitment to the Community

Family members of the late Bill McCart
From left to right: Bill McCart’s grandson Colin Mize, daughter June Nichols, granddaughter Shannon Boyd, daughter Vicki Mize, and son-in-law David Mize

Family members of the late Bill McCart gathered together at Arlington Animal Services (AAS) to see the new plaque honoring their loved one for his 22 years of dedicated service to the City of Arlington, its residents, and the homeless animals of our community.

Vicki Mize, one of McCart’s daughters, spoke of her father’s dedication to volunteering at the animal shelter and his intense desire for people to be responsible pet owners.

Shelter staff reminisced about McCart - affectionately referring to him as “Mr. Bill” as having a quick, dry sense of humor never failing to make people laugh. Former shelter supervisor, Art Tawater shared fond memories of this super extraordinaire volunteer and friend stating that “everyone looked forward to having him at the shelter and he is greatly missed.” Former Administrative Coordinator for Kennels Lynn Trotter shared that Mr. Bill “had a great sense of humor, was helpful with people that came to the shelter, and encouraged them to adopt.” Trotter said everyone always looked forward to Mr. Bill coming in to volunteer.

The family was led on a tour of AAS by Chris Huff, shelter manager, who also remembers Mr. Bill fondly. It was evident that the family members share their passed loved one’s appreciation of animals.

If interested in volunteering please contact Volunteer Administrator Michelle Patchett at animalservices@arlingtontx.gov or give Michelle a call at 817-459-6183 for more information.