Mike and Janet Zikes began their volunteerism at Heritage Humane Society in October 2019. In that time they have done so much for the dogs in our care. They come to the shelter multiple times a week to walk the dogs and provide them with much-needed time out of their kennels. They have been amazing with some of our stronger dogs that are still working on manners on the leash and their patience and dedication have really helped them. You might also see them out in about in Williamsburg with our adoptable dogs. They take our pups on Fido Field Trips regularly to help them meet potential adopters and to get a day out of the shelter to enjoy just being dogs! We are incredibly grateful for the Zike’s kindness and generosity. Read Janet’s words below to learn more about them!
Words from Janet Zikes:
“My husband and I love volunteering at Heritage. We are both dog people, have four dogs at home, have volunteered at other animal charities, and have fostered dogs in the past but we wanted to do more to help. We try to get in one day a week to walk dogs at Heritage and take them for longer walks and give them some quality time. Between the two of us, we’ll walk 8 to 10 dogs each time. We walk all types of dogs, including some of those that are more challenging to walk.
We also try to do as many Fido Field Trips as we can to give the Heritage dogs as much publicity as possible and find them a good home.
As far as our background, I’m originally from DC and Mike is from Chicago. Before retiring to Williamsburg, we spent many years living overseas in Asia and Africa as Mike was in the foreign service.
Our favorite part of volunteering is helping dogs like Betty Spaghetti that have been at Heritage for a longer time to finally find a forever home.”