At home, she takes care of several cats and two Labrador retrievers.
She’s home schooled and likes to play softball.
Colleen hopes to become a veterinary technician and would like to operate an animal shelter some day.
She’s passionate about spreading the word about CARA and reminding people how important it is to spay and neuter their pets. Seeing all the dogs and cats at the no-kill shelter, she understands the importance of preventing the problem in the first place.
She’s written three letters to the Commercial-News, urging people to be responsible pet owners.
Colleen encourages other people to become volunteers to help local animals. “I’m always happy to see volunteers come here,” she said. “It’s always nice to see people who want to work with the animals.”
Besides helping the animals, she said, volunteering is fun.
“It’s fun to be around the cats and play with them and take care of them.”
Ferrar said CARA has about 30 volunteers, but can always use more. Volunteers are needed to help give animals daily care, walk the dogs at least twice a day, and also to help out at adoption events outside of the facility. More animals can be taken to adoption sites if there are more volunteers to help, she said.
“There are a lot of things going on that people can help at,” she said.
Also, CARA offers a low-cost spay/neuter program once a week and low-cost vaccines on the second Saturday of every month. People are asked to register in advance for those programs.
Besides people’s time, the facility can always use donations of food, supplies and money.
Colleen is a good example of a teenager who’s not wasting her summer; instead, she’s getting valuable experience and the animals are getting great care. Maybe other teens will want to follow her example, and volunteer their time, as well.
For more information about CARA’s programs or to become a volunteer, visit its website at http://www.caraillinois.com or go to its Facebook page. You also may call 799-8858 or 655-4353.
The Pets column runs every four weeks. If you would like to have your pet featured, contact Mary Wicoff at 477-5161, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Commercial-News, 17 W. North, Danville, IL 61832.