Roz Caldwell (left) assists a lady in adopting a pet.
Polk County SPCA is an Organization On a Mission With a Sense of Purpose, LIVINGSTON, May 31, 2008 - The local chapter of the SPCA is made up of volunteers who have a sense of purpose and are driven by a mission. Linda Burnett works Monday through Friday full time and often overtime. But a full time work schedule doesn't deter Linda from being a fervent volunteer for a cause she believes in, that cause is driven by a compassion for neglected, abused, abandoned animals and seeking a better life them. Linda spent her day off on Saturday working in the heat volunteering her time trying to find people willing to adopt pets that need a home. The challenge is enormous, the work is hard, the financial gain is zero. Linda doesn't measure her pay in money, her pay comes in the reward of seeing animals getting adopted into forever homes. "To see a dog or cat get adopted by a loving family makes it all worth it" she says, "I love being able to help in a cause that not only helps these precious pets, but helps our community as a whole". Linda isn't alone, she's accompanied by another trooper, Roz Caldwell. Roz volunteers nearly full time for no pay at all. Roz can always be found at the SPCA. No matter what the odds, no matter how great the challenge these volunteers are always up in spirits, always have a great attitude and simply will not be deterred from their mission. The demand is great as the Polk County Animal Shelter will be closing down and the burden of the SPCA is be greatly magnified as more and more animals are brought in, dropped off, and many dumped. More volunteers are needed, financial contributions are needed. You don't have to work in the heat on Saturdays to help though, you can foster pets until a forever home is found for them. If you volunteer to foster a pet, the SPCA will provide the food and veterinary needs for the pet. All you have to do is take the pet home and care for it. The SPCA is trying to raise enough money to build a facility where they will be able to keep more animals until homes are found for them.