Our volunteers are what make it all possible…

Clio V. Rourke
Somerville Volunteer

It is our ethical responsibility to take care of domesticated animals; they love and need us. Sadly, many humans see them as products from which they want to profit or expect entertainment, and which can be discarded if they no longer “function” or are too much work. The size of the homeless pets population in the U.S. is unacceptable. We need to educate the public about responsible pet ownership — such as spaying and neutering, microchipping, and not supporting puppy and kitten mills — to prevent this population from growing any further. Pet owners or not, we all need to find humane solutions to reduce the homeless pets population. Please ask your local representative to ban puppy and kitten mills as well as “backyard” breeders (example: http://support.mspca.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=34242.0). We also need to make sure that all homeless pets get the love and care they deserve. Happy Tails Pet Rescue goes above and beyond in making sure this happens.

Board of Directors

Hello I’m Shelly LHeureux and I have been volunteering with Happy Tails Pet Rescue since 2003.  I became involved when I got a flyer in the mail asking if I wanted to volunteer, because of my love for all animals, of course I said YES.  I have worn many hats and continue to do as much as I can where I can. Currently, I am on the board of Directors acting as Vice President, I help manage the Hudson Shelter, cat intake and vet care, events, adoptions, and I enjoy helping out wherever I am needed.  I enjoy seeing where the cats come from and how they thrive here and how much better they are when they finally leave to their forever homes.

I live in Lowell with my 3 cats, all foster failures, Sparrow – the lovebug, Delilah – the shy one, and Apollo – the jerkface lol…they are my life and I love them so much, even jerkface.  I have fostered many cats/kittens over the years, and I have cried many times when I had to let them go, but these guys found their way into my heart and I just couldn’t give them up.

I currently work for Sacca Electric which is connected to the Hudson Shelter and I am fortunate enough to have cats in the office and I can go back and visit the shelter cats any time I want.  I have the best job ever!!!

If anyone ever needs me for anything I am only an email away at Shelly@happytailspetrescue.org

Board of Directors

My name is Karen Merrow. I have been volunteering with Happy Tails Pet Rescue since 2009. I am the Nashua Adoption Center Manager and a member of the Board of Directors. I assist in many aspects of PIN beyond the Nashua center including fostering cats, screening applicants and releasing cats, helping at events and anything else that comes along. I get so much satisfaction finding the right home for the cats in our care.

I live in Hudson with my husband, 2 girls, 2 cats, a bunny and a fish. My cat, Peanut was a foster from PIN. She was part of a hoarding situation and once she entered my home she never left! She stole my heart and the heart of my family and sleeps with one of my girls every night! I am a grateful foster failure and wouldn’t have it any other way!

My “paying” job is as a worker’s compensation claims adjuster which I have been doing since 1995 with the exception of 6 years when I was home with my children. I work from home and have a flexible schedule which allows me time to be part of this wonderful rescue group.

I can be reached by email at karen@happytailspetrescue.org. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, issues and concerns or just to say “Hi!”

Christina Parks
Somerville Volunteer

Christina has been volunteering at PIN since 2010. Prior to that, she volunteered at the Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton. A Boston College graduate, Christina works in communication at a healthcare non-profit in Boston. She lives in Somerville with an overweight orange tabby named Nucky.

Somerville Volunteer

I started at PIN Somerville about 7 years ago. I just love the cats and if I can help save just one then my time has been worth it. I get more from them than I give them. The day my husband died I went straight to my shift at the shelter and this was the best thing I could have done – bless them for their feline therapy.

I’m retired now after 41 years at Harvard. My other occupations are gardening and competitive ballroom dancing.

Somerville Coordinator

I’ve been a volunteer at this location for 20 years. I’m responsible for taking the cats to and from our local vet.

I’m in charge of the Somerville and Everett intakes and adoptions and making sure we have enough supplies. I interview all the new volunteers and set them up for training sessions.

In addition to everything, I have 2 shelter shifts which are every other Wednesday morning and every other Friday morning. I do the shelter shift with a buddy. Her name is Adrienne.