Pontiac, Michigan -- David T. Irvine is the inaugural Volunteer of the Month at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center (OPAC). The 66-year-old Metamora, Mich. resident has devoted countless hours working with shelter cats, fostering them and participating at feline adoption events. He started volunteering at OPAC in the fall of 2012.
"Volunteers like David are the heart and soul of the pet adoption center," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "His outstanding efforts are helping the shelter succeed in fulfilling its mission."
OPAC just launched its Volunteer of the Month program. The shelter picks the Volunteer of the Month based on commitment level, gauged from the number of hours one volunteers to the quality of efforts to help with outreach, fundraising or promoting the center to the community. OPAC will give each Volunteer of the Month a gift card or another token of appreciation and a special feature on OPAC’s webpage, www.oakgov.com/petadoption
"OPAC greatly values our volunteers," Animal Control Division Manager Bob Gatt said. "Each month we will recognize one volunteer for their significant achievement and participation."
The shelter, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, offers housing and medical care to more than 5,000 animals on an annual basis. It has the best save rate in Michigan among public open-admission shelters whose intakes are greater than 5,000 animals. The Oakland County Animal Control Division and Pet Adoption Center is the public agency charged with enforcement of Michigan’s Dog Law of 1919. It is responsible for animal control services in 40 Oakland County communities.
Photo cutline: From left to right, OPAC Supervisor Joanie Toole, Volunteer of the Month David Irvine, Animal Control Division Manager Bob Gatt.
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