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Written by Maryann Ketcham, TC Business
Since 2014, Neda Story has served as a volunteer extraordinaire with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Since April of 2015, this Palm City resident has donated well over 700 hours.
A dedicated dog walker at the shelter, even on holidays, Story works hand-in-hand with the animal trainer and behavior specialist, attending training sessions and working with dogs that require extra training.
She also leads small classes for new dog-walking volunteers.
Some dogs are a challenge to adopt out. They may need extra-socialization and TLC. Fostering those dogs in her home, Story helps them become more adoptable.
As a recent Valentine's Day treat, she set up a special date with Frankie, a shelter dog. After playtime at the beach, Frankie went home for a bath, followed by dinner at the Pelican Cafe'. The two strolled the boardwalk in Stuart and stopped into Terra Fermata to listen to music. As it was a late-night outing, Frankie spent the night nestled between 800 thread-count sheets at Story's home.
Story also helps promote shelter dogs by taking their photos, writing about them, and posting them on social media. She attends numerous events, touting dogs wearing "Adopt Me" vests, and has the proper training to interview potential adopters and complete the adoption process.
The COVID-19 crisis has not deterred Story from her mission. She continues to visit the shelter, walk, and play with the dogs at least three times each week.
"Neda is such a passionate and dedicated volunteer," said Volunteer Program Manager Sarah Fisher. "She has such a special connection with each of our dogs, and that radiates whenever she enters their kennel. Dogs and shelter staff are beyond lucky to have someone as wonderful as Neda Story on our team.”
This story was originally written for and shared on https://www.tcbusiness.com/e-newsletter/cases-continue-slow-increase-but-2-more-people-die-on-treasure-coast/ on May 1, 2020