Volunteer of the Month

December 2014

Susan Godin

Sue is originally from the Escanaba area. She lived in Marquette for about 15 years but came back to Escanaba. She loves Marquette, but her husband Gerry wasn’t a big fan of all the snow. Sue attended Michigan State and Lansing Business Universities, and graduated from Northern Michigan. She worked for the State of Michigan for over 30 years in the Department of Human Resources. She loved her job, and has been retired now for almost 7 years. After retiring from the State she worked as a Tax Preparer at Liberty Tax and as a receptionist for weight watchers.

She shares her home with her husband Gerry and her cat Tippy. Tippy is a shelter cat that she adopted in 2006. He is a tuxedo cat and she loves him dearly. If it was up to her, she would have 2-3 cats, but her husband limits her to one. So to keep both him and Tippy happy, she has stuck with one cat for now.

Other than volunteering for the shelter, her hobbies include: being outside, biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. She didn’t get to ski last year so she is hoping to get out this winter some time. Her husband and her also use to enjoy to travel. Now that they are retired they like to stay close to home, but her favorite place she ever visited was Cancun.

Monday’s are Sues cleaning days at the shelter. Her favorite thing to do when at the shelter is interact with the cats. She loves everything about cats, and enjoys spending time with them. She loves how they all have different personalities. She also likes to learn about the dogs. She doesn’t interact with them much, but in the future she would love to learn more about how to care for them. Her favorite cats at the shelter right now are Big Fred and Snow. She hopes they both find new loving homes for the new year.

 Sue is greatly looking forward to the new shelter. She is most excited about all the extra space we will have and for the great quality of air that will be in the building. She is happy about having an organized space where the animals, staff, and volunteers can all be happy.

 We want to extend our deepest and sincerest thank you to Sue for all the hard work and dedication she puts into our animal shelter. We are happy to have you a part of our team, and we look forward to many more years in our new building with you!

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October 2014

Roxanne Lamarche

Roxanne Lamarche is new to our area. She has been living full time in the UP for almost 3 years. Before coming here she lived in Milwaukee and worked for 17 years as a clinical office assistant. So far she said she does like living here and all the people she has met. She recently got a new job at FedEx and just started it this past Monday. So far she likes it, but she said to ask her again in two weeks to see how she feels.  

For fun Roxanne likes to go back to Milwaukee to visit her family and friends. She volunteered for many years when in Milwaukee collecting items for the military and also working closely with the local schools.

Roxanne shares her home with her husband Dan, dog Rylee and three cats, Comet, Evin and Blackie. Her daughter Danielle recent moved away for school. That is her pictured here to the right.

Roxanne is a new friend of the Delta Animal Shelter. She came to us not too long ago and took on the duty of fostering 3 little 5 week old puppies we had come in. She said “fostering was more work than I could have ever imagined, but it was very fun and fulfilling.” She said she was attached to all of the puppies she fostered, but one of them stole her and her husband’s hearts for good. Rylee became a part of the family and no longer a foster puppy. Roxanne said she still gets updates from the male puppies’ family. He is doing very well and his new name is Oliver.

She loves everything that involves the shelter, but her favorite thing she said had to be spending time with the dogs. She also said she loves all the new people she has met at the shelter. She didn’t know a lot of people in the area, and joining the shelter family has helped her meet many new friends.

Her favorite fundraiser she said was the FurRaiser. This was her first time working it this year and she enjoyed it very much. She sold tickets for the snow blower raffle. She hopes with her new work schedule at FedEx she will still be able to help out at the shelter and events as much as possible

Roxanne is looking forward to the new shelter. She is excited for the shelter staff and animals to have comfort and safety in their new home.

Thank you Roxanne for becoming a new member of our shelter family. We hope to have you as a part of our group for many years to come!


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September 2014

 Rose Shiel

Rose has been a volunteer for the Delta Animal Shelter for a year now this October. She is a tremendous asset to our shelter for many different reasons. She loves working with the cats and dogs equally; she doesn’t favor either over the other. Her favorite thing to do with all the adoptable animals is to play with them, exercise them, and watch them get adopted. Her current favorite shelter resident is Bailey the dog. Bailey’s litter mate was recently adopted, so Rose said she hopes her time comes soon too.

            Rose grew up on a farm, so she has been around animals her entire life. Growing up she wanted to become a veterinarian but she said “Back then it wasn’t the type of career girls were suppose to have”. So she always had pets of her own instead.

            Rose recently retired as a Sergeant from the State Police Post in 2009. Other than volunteering her hobbies include cross stitching, snowshoeing, teaching Sunday school, and being a member of the Steam and Gas Club.

 Rose currently has her hands full at home. She shares her house with 4 cats and 2 dogs. AND if that wasn’t enough she has graciously volunteered to foster 8 new baby kittens for the shelter, and she will be taking them home this week. She is excited to do whatever she can to help.

            Rose also loves to help with our fundraising events. Her favorite past one she worked was the FlyBall event at the fairgrounds. She said it was very exciting and she looked forward to that one again. She is also looking forward to the new building like the rest of us. She said she will be happy to see all the extra room we will have for socializing the cats and letting them play together.

             Rose is a valued member of our shelter family and we are happy to showcase her this month as our Volunteer of the Month. We look forward to many years to come with her on our team, helping us be the caring voices for animals in need. Thank you Rose for all you do!

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August 2014

Barb Tardiff

Barb has been an active member of the Delta Animal Shelter for around 8 years. She was a member of the Delta Area Animal Society back when the shelter was county owned.  She originally got involved because her former dog had passed away and she wanted to help by walking dogs at the shelter since she didn’t have one at home.

 She currently shares her home with her three rescue pets: Maximus (German shepherd adopted from the Delta County Animal Shelter 7 years ago), Sky (German shepherd adopted from the German Shepherd Rescue Green Bay), and a Maine Coon cat named Shady Mosses. She also shares her home with her husband Rocky, whom she has been married to for 27 years.

 Her favorite shelter activity has always been working with the dogs. Unfortunately because of her schedule lately she has not been able to volunteer hands on as often as she would like, but she hopes to get back involved soon. She still finds time to help us with many of our fundraising events such as the Ernies Pub, and FurRaiser. She also has a dog house at taco bell that she takes care of and collects money for.

 Barb is a Surgery Nurse at St Francis Hospital. One of her favorite hobbies is doing agility with her dog Sky. Sky is a natural which makes it a fun event for them to enjoy together. She also loves to go camping and boating in the summer. Barb has dual citizenship as an Australian/American so traveling is another one of her hobbies. She is looking forward to going to Australia late this year.

 Barb said she is very excited for our new shelter. She is most excited for the dog walking trails that may soon be in place after we move in. She feels this would be a great place for people to gather and walk their dogs.

 We want to thank Barb for her many years of dedication to our shelter family. You are a valued member and we ap[appreciate your continuous support!

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July 2014

Barb Vargo

Barb has been an active member of our local shelter since 1987. For the majority of her time with us she was involved with the group called the Delta Area Animal Society which was a support group for our county run animal shelter. For many of those years the group’s main focus was assisting the county in paying for all spay and neuter surgeries. The group would raise funds with different fundraisers so they could pay half for all surgeries completed. Back at that time Barb says she can remember only have two members at the monthly meetings. It was difficult to get started but she is happy to see where all their hard work and dedication has led to.

Barb was a groomer for 20 years when she opened the Pooch Parlor in 1987. She has since sold the business and retired. Before becoming a groomer Barb was a home Economics teacher. She shares her home with her husband Stephen of 44 years, and their dog Ellie who is 14 years old. Barb enjoys traveling as a hobby and says that her favorite places to visit is any and all national parks.

As a member of the Delta Animal Shelter Barb mostly enjoys taking care of our SuperOne slip returns. She said this is something she feels she can do well and help in contributing to the group from home since she lives far from town. Barb has held two officer positions with the group while being involved. She was the secretary of the group for many years, and was also the Vice President for a couple years after that.

She enjoys working with the group and looks forward to the new animal shelter. She said she is mainly looking forward to some space to hold our monthly membership meetings directly at the shelter. We want to thank Barb for her many years of dedicated service to our shelter and the animals that she has helped save over the years. Barb, you are appreciated and we look forward to many more years to come with you involved with our group!




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