Women’s sorority spends volunteer workday at CARE

Published on: June 21, 2017

After cleaning kennels and helping to socialize some adult cats at the Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Vanessa Ruiz spends some quality time in the medical observation room with Jo Jo, a 6-week-old kitten found in an area yard as a stray. Undergraduate, alumni and friends of the Delta Tau Lambda Sorority spent their Saturday volunteering at the CARE no-kill shelter in Ruskin. Lois Kindle Photos

By Lois Kindle

Nine sisters and friends of Delta Tau Lambda collegiate and alumni sorority gave up their Saturday morning June 17 to benefit some four-legged friends. Among other efforts, the nine women happily mopped floors, washed towels, cleaned kennels and scooped poop at the Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort no-kill animal shelter in Ruskin.

“We’re a service organization, so we seek out volunteer opportunities like this one,” said Paula Gutierrez, group spokeswoman. “We’re all animal lovers, so we agreed to come out and do whatever the shelter needed. If it hadn’t been Father’s Day weekend, we would have had many more volunteers.”

Their hard work was truly appreciated, said CARE board member Joann With.

“It was such a great help,” she said. “As a small shelter, we have a limited number of volunteers, and we don’t have the resources to hire people to do these types of things. They enjoyed themselves so much, they said they’d come back and spend another day with us in the future.”

CARE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that depends on volunteers to stay in operation. If you’d like to help, call 813-645-2273 or visit

After scooping poop in one of CARE’s exercise yards, Magali Salinas, a junior at the University of South Florida, shares a moment with a shelter dog.

Paula Gutierrez folds freshly laundered towels in the laundry room at CARE. She coordinated the workday for her Delta Tau Lambda Sorority sisters with CARE board member Joann With.

Undergraduate and alumni members and friends of the Delta Tau Lambda Sorority gather for a group photo after volunteering June 17 at the Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort shelter in Ruskin.