ANNAPOLISAbout the volunteer: As a...


August 21, 1994


About the volunteer: As a volunteer with Pets on Wheels, Mrs. Johnson visits patients at Fairfield Nursing Home in Crownsville once a week with her two dogs, Whispers and Willie-Stop-That.

A member of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary, she works at the auxiliary's consignment shop, the Clothes Box.

One of her more time-consuming endeavors is conducting dog obedience training courses offered by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Annapolis. She has conducted two 10-week dog obedience classes each year since the early 1970s and donates approximately one-third of her earnings from each class to the organization.

She has written two books that she is trying to get published, one about training dogs and another about a duck she raised.

She has lived in Annapolis since her husband retired from the Navy in 1968.

Volunteer's comments: "The SPCA doesn't pay me. What I do is collect [a fee], and they get a certain percentage of what I collect. Since about 1971 I've given about $65,000 and have had about 3,500 dogs go through my classes.

"The SPCA has changed a lot over the years. They're doing a lot of things that are just wonderful.

"I really enjoy what I'm doing. It's fun, and I enjoy interacting with the people and the dogs.

"I spend hours on the phone answering questions people have about dogs. People say I ought to get paid for this . . . but I get paid personally by just being able to help someone."

About the programs: For more information about the dog-obedience program, call 268-4388.

For information on the Pets on Wheels program, call 222-6845.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. T recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or send information by fax to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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