It’s with great sadness that we recognize the passing of Volunteer Martha Venema.
Martha began volunteering with Can Do Canines in August 2019 and fostered her first dog, Xullia, with us in October 2019.
When asked in the application why she wanted to volunteer, Martha replied, “I love dogs. Currently we have been without a dog for 3 years. I miss having one. I'm interested in helping out through this program to volunteer my services and love of animals. It will be exciting to see how far the dog goes and to whom the dog will eventually be fitted with. I want to do some good and give back to the community!”
Well, she certainly did a lot of good during her time with us! Through the years, she and her husband, Tom, took 27 dogs into their home and hearts. In addition, Martha volunteered for events, including our Open Houses on several occasions. Whenever Martha was on site for training classes or attending our fundraising events, she always had a joyous smile and loved to participate.
The staff and dogs appreciate all that Martha contributed to our organization and will miss having her in our lives. We wish her family and friends peace and comfort during this time.